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USA Education Dataset

An interactive map of the US population by education level

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This data was obtained from the US Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey (ACS). The US education datasets provided by eSpatial can be used to examine and analyse the educational attainment levels of the US population aged 25 and over.

These datasets can be used in conjunction with the eSpatial mapping software to create reports which investigate education levels across the US. Reports can be generated which examine qualification levels within the US in relation to the total population, the male population and the female population at the State, County, CSA and MSA geographical levels.

You can also link and connect your own personal or commercial data to these datasets. Educational attainment levels across the US can also therefore be analysed in relation to your own data. Below is an example of a simple US education report. This report was designed by eSpatial to illustrate how to get the most out of the eSpatial mapping software and the data it provides.

Description of Map

A simple report was created using eSpatial mapping software and the Education (State) dataset it provides. This report examines educational attainment levels across the US in relation to the amount and proportion of the population that have acquired Bachelor degrees. The US education datasets provided by eSpatial offer a number of different education categories which can be reported on but for the purpose of this report the Bachelor’s degree attainment category was chosen as an example.

States are colored and categorized according to the number of people who have obtained a Bachelor’s degree. The graduated color scheme adopted by eSpatial mapping software allows for a quick and easy analysis of this data. It is evident from the map that yellow colored states (e.g. Montana) have the lowest number of people with Bachelor degree qualifications, less than 150,000 people while red colored states (e.g. Texas) have the highest number of people at this level of education, more than 1,000,000 people. It is also therefore easy to surmise that the amount of people with Bachelor degrees in the light orange (e.g. Utah), orange (e.g. Oregon) and dark orange (e.g. Colorado) colored states lies somewhere between 150,000 and 1,000,000 people respectively.

Firstly the topic reflected in the map can be changed quickly and easily simply by selecting the map this field option. Once this option has been selected the map will change to reflect the values in this topic (e.g. select the map this field option on % Males Bachelor’s Degree to see these values mapped in relation to US states).

Secondly the report can be sorted in ascending or descending order. This is useful when trying to decipher quickly which areas have the highest/lowest values (e.g. select sort descending on Females Bachelor’s Degree to see which state has the highest number of females with Bachelor degrees). Finally the report can also be filtered by specific values. This is useful when trying to quickly search for areas with specific values (e.g. select filter results on Bachelor’s degree so that states which have between 100,000 and 500,000 people with bachelor degrees are only displayed on the map).


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