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From K through gray, Greater Richmond offers an array of educational resources to meet the learning and training needs of any resident. Award-winning public schools lead into a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs.

The region’s residents fill the talent pipeline with potential employees. Diverse industries and companies — combined with numerous educational institutions — provide an ample supply of human capital with positive work attitudes and a range of skills and experience for new and expanding companies.

Educational Attainment

According to the most recent American Community Survey data, 91.3 percent of the Richmond MSA’s population over age 25 has at least a high school education, compared to 89 percent nationally. Greater Richmond compares favorably in higher education with many residents holding at least a Bachelor’s degree.

Highest Level Attained Richmond MSA (total #) Richmond MSA (% of total) Virginia (% of total) U.S. (% of total)
Less than High School Diploma 59,682 8.7% 10.0% 10.9%
High School or GED 164,833 24.0% 23.6% 25.7%
Some College, No Degree 137,644 20.0% 18.9% 20.7%
Associate Degree 53,925 7.9% 8.0% 9.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 170,188 24.8% 22.4% 21.2%
Graduate or Professional Degree 100,036 14.6% 17.2% 12.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2015-2019 American Community Survey.

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