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States with highest percentage of high school completers, 2015

Feb. 27, 2018
More than 86 percent of those 18 to 24 years old in 2015 had completed high school, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Nearly 95 percent of those aged 18 to 24 in Washington, D.C., in 2015 had completed high school, federal statistics show.

The Digest of Education Statistics 2016 from the the National Center for Education Statistics says that the District of Columbia outpaced 50 states in the percentage of high school completers.

Nationwide, 86.6 percent of those aged 18 to 24 were high school completers. That includes those who graduated from a high school as well as those who completed an equivalency program such as GED.

The percentage of high school completers represented a significant increase from 2000, when 74.7 percent of those in that age group reported that had completed high school. The completion rate increased in every state over those 15 years.

The lowest percentage in 2015—Oklahoma's 81.6 percent—would have been higher than all but four states in 2000. In 2000, Nevada had the lowest percentage of high school completers at 66.7 percent.

Here are the states (and Washington, D.C.) that had the highest percentage of high school completers in 2015.

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