According to the 2014 American Community Survey, there were nearly 6.7 million adults ages 25 and older living in North Carolina. More than 1.9 million, or 29%, of these adults had attained a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Across North Carolina’s 14 largest metropolitan regions, adult educational attainment varied significantly. Fewer than 20% of adults had completed a bachelor’s degree in three metropolitan regions: Rocky Mount (15%), Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton (18%), and Jacksonville (19%). At the other end of the distribution, five metropolitan areas were well above the state average; in the Triangle Region (Durham-Chapel Hill and Raleigh), Wilmington, Charlotte, and Asheville, at least one in every three adults has a bachelor’s degree or more.