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Education and the Economy: Boosting the Nation’s Economy by Improving High School Graduation Rates

Jul 18, 2011


High school graduates earn a national average of $8,000 more annually compared to high school dropouts. The state-by-state data included in this report shows the average annual incomes in every state for high school dropouts, high school graduates, individuals with associate’s degrees, and bachelor degree recipients. The increased benefits for earning a high school diploma varies from $13,046 in Alaska to $5,339 in Arkansas.

This income data was derived from a sophisticated economic model that the Alliance, with generous support from State Farm®, developed with Economic Modeling Specialists Inc., an economics firm specializing in socioeconomic impact tools. Previously, the Alliance released data for the nation, all fifty states, and more than 220 metro areas showing the economic gains of cutting the high school dropout rate in half. (Find data for your area here).

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