Educational Attainment in NYC

Highest Level of Education Completed Among Adults 25 Years and Over
by Neighborhood Tabulation Area, 2012-2016

New York City, as it is frequently shown, is a place of extreme inequality. While this inequality is typically discussed in terms of income, it shows up in myriad other social conditions. This map explores educational attainment levels in NYC, where neighborhoods in which 8 in 10 adults have finished college are a short train ride from areas where over a quarter of adults have less than a 9th grade education.

Neighborhood Tabulation Areas (NTAs) are groups of census tracts that roughly align to commonly understood neighborhoods or combinations of neighboorhoods. They were designed by the NYC Department of City Planning in order to conduct small area population projections. Airports, large parks and cemeteries, and other unpopulated areas are omitted from this map.

Data from the American Community Survey 2012-2016 5-Year Estimates, prepared and published by