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Counties with the most college graduates in Idaho


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Counties with the most college graduates in Idaho

The American philosopher and psychologist John Dewey once said, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” Dewey advocated for an educational paradigm called pragmatism, which stresses the importance of learning academic concepts by experiencing them firsthand, instead of through lecture and repetition in a classroom.

While the philosophy is used by many educators (especially those working in fields where the value of work experience exceeds the value placed on an academic background), many people take great pride in their formal educational credentials because of the valuable skills such educations provided and because of the immense amount of work that goes into earning a degree.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the most college graduates in Idaho using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percent of the population 25 years and over that has a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Keep reading to see which counties in your state have the most college graduates.



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#30. Gem County

– 17.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 12.2% ($27,150 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 37% ($22,364)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 33.4% ($31,107)
– Bachelor’s degree: 12.5% ($37,308)
– Graduate or professional degree: 5% ($57,730)



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#29. Franklin County

– 17.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 9.6%
– High school graduate: 37.8% ($37,009)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 34.8% ($36,420)
– Bachelor’s degree: 12.5% ($52,396)
– Graduate or professional degree: 5.2% ($95,221)



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#28. Clearwater County

– 17.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 9.6% ($21,900 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 35.5% ($24,494)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 37.1% ($31,548)
– Bachelor’s degree: 13.1% ($37,361)
– Graduate or professional degree: 4.8% ($44,167)



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#27. Lewis County

– 17.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 11.5%
– High school graduate: 29.6% ($25,900)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 41% ($26,285)
– Bachelor’s degree: 13% ($36,250)
– Graduate or professional degree: 4.9% ($57,292)



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#26. Cassia County

– 18.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 16.4% ($25,481 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 29.8% ($28,727)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 35.2% ($31,936)
– Bachelor’s degree: 13.7% ($41,525)
– Graduate or professional degree: 4.9% ($60,000)



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#25. Elmore County

– 18.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 10% ($25,482 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 26.8% ($27,320)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 44.5% ($35,971)
– Bachelor’s degree: 13.8% ($41,758)
– Graduate or professional degree: 4.9% ($58,125)



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#24. Canyon County

– 18.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 14.9% ($25,118 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 32.1% ($30,560)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 34.4% ($30,689)
– Bachelor’s degree: 13.4% ($40,972)
– Graduate or professional degree: 5.3% ($49,197)



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#23. Bear Lake County

– 18.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 6.5% ($24,643 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 38.4% ($32,070)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 36.3% ($32,734)
– Bachelor’s degree: 14.1% ($32,321)
– Graduate or professional degree: 4.8% ($32,656)



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#22. Caribou County

– 19% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 8.8% ($22,438 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 32.4% ($24,670)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 39.8% ($35,500)
– Bachelor’s degree: 14.9% ($41,548)
– Graduate or professional degree: 4.1% ($58,897)



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#21. Boundary County

– 19.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 8.2% ($31,587 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 42.7% ($30,984)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 29.3% ($30,239)
– Bachelor’s degree: 13.3% ($42,279)
– Graduate or professional degree: 6.5% ($46,000)



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#20. Idaho County

– 19.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 9.5% ($18,603 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 36.1% ($20,632)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 34.7% ($29,167)
– Bachelor’s degree: 15.4% ($42,303)
– Graduate or professional degree: 4.4% ($52,933)



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#19. Twin Falls County

– 20.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 12.9% ($26,173 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 27.2% ($31,367)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 39.3% ($31,622)
– Bachelor’s degree: 12.9% ($41,708)
– Graduate or professional degree: 7.7% ($56,513)



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#18. Adams County

– 21.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 9.8% ($27,222 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 34.9% ($31,115)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 34.2% ($30,667)
– Bachelor’s degree: 12.4% ($31,976)
– Graduate or professional degree: 8.8% ($29,327)



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#17. Bingham County

– 21.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 10.9% ($30,292 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 31.3% ($27,433)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 36.6% ($32,602)
– Bachelor’s degree: 14.9% ($44,450)
– Graduate or professional degree: 6.3% ($57,530)



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#16. Fremont County

– 21.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 13.4% ($21,457 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 30.2% ($34,811)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 34.7% ($26,028)
– Bachelor’s degree: 15.8% ($42,500)
– Graduate or professional degree: 5.9% ($58,750)



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#15. Lemhi County

– 22.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 7.9%
– High school graduate: 30.3% ($23,224)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 39% ($30,125)
– Bachelor’s degree: 15% ($30,486)
– Graduate or professional degree: 7.9% ($56,058)



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#14. Nez Perce County

– 22.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 8% ($26,867 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 32.1% ($31,562)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 37% ($39,635)
– Bachelor’s degree: 16.7% ($45,885)
– Graduate or professional degree: 6.2% ($59,517)



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#13. Bonner County

– 23.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 9.2% ($24,821 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 29.8% ($28,392)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 37.2% ($30,455)
– Bachelor’s degree: 15.5% ($30,442)
– Graduate or professional degree: 8.4% ($43,004)



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#12. Custer County

– 24.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 10.6% ($18,676 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 28.6% ($20,750)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 36.4% ($31,818)
– Bachelor’s degree: 18.8% ($33,994)
– Graduate or professional degree: 5.6%



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#11. Jefferson County

– 24.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 9.8% ($31,488 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 25.5% ($30,362)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 40% ($37,679)
– Bachelor’s degree: 17.8% ($40,698)
– Graduate or professional degree: 6.9% ($64,583)



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#10. Kootenai County

– 25.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 6.9% ($25,543 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 27.2% ($30,663)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 40.8% ($30,939)
– Bachelor’s degree: 16.7% ($49,250)
– Graduate or professional degree: 8.5% ($63,525)



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#9. Boise County

– 27.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 5.6% ($14,750 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 30.6% ($30,156)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 36.6% ($31,673)
– Bachelor’s degree: 17.2% ($48,750)
– Graduate or professional degree: 9.9% ($93,542)



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#8. Bannock County

– 27.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 7.5% ($23,794 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 26.4% ($28,181)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 38.2% ($30,968)
– Bachelor’s degree: 19.1% ($38,595)
– Graduate or professional degree: 8.7% ($60,691)



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#7. Valley County

– 30.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 5.4% ($21,661 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 26.7% ($26,377)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 37.5% ($28,786)
– Bachelor’s degree: 19.8% ($30,114)
– Graduate or professional degree: 10.6% ($47,596)



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#6. Bonneville County

– 31.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 8% ($26,167 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 25.4% ($27,219)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 35.2% ($31,220)
– Bachelor’s degree: 21.5% ($47,120)
– Graduate or professional degree: 9.8% ($83,151)



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#5. Blaine County

– 35.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 11.3% ($25,569 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 25.6% ($31,381)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 27.7% ($36,028)
– Bachelor’s degree: 23.6% ($50,947)
– Graduate or professional degree: 11.7% ($46,910)



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#4. Madison County

– 36.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 4.1% ($21,628 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 15.2% ($26,736)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 44.3% ($20,780)
– Bachelor’s degree: 25.1% ($21,243)
– Graduate or professional degree: 11.3% ($78,871)



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#3. Ada County

– 38.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 4.8% ($22,819 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 22.4% ($31,783)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 34.2% ($36,450)
– Bachelor’s degree: 25.5% ($51,074)
– Graduate or professional degree: 13% ($68,577)



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#2. Teton County

– 41% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 6.3% ($26,042 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 16.6% ($35,132)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 36.2% ($32,463)
– Bachelor’s degree: 29.6% ($43,175)
– Graduate or professional degree: 11.4% ($64,800)



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#1. Latah County

– 45.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor’s degree or higher

– Less than high school diploma: 4.2% ($27,245 median earnings)
– High school graduate: 19.7% ($31,442)
– Some college or Associate’s degree: 30.7% ($32,758)
– Bachelor’s degree: 25.6% ($37,114)
– Graduate or professional degree: 19.8% ($49,148)


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