According to U.S. Census Bureau data, the number of black residents in the metro area with at least a bachelor’s degree has spiked nearly 80 percent since 2000.
Today nearly one in five black adults in the metro area has at least a four-year college degree. In 2000, it was less than one in seven.
Among America’s metro areas with the largest black populations, only two have recently seen bigger growth in the rate of black college grads than Omaha.
“What’s nice to see is the trend, which has been consistently going up,” said David Drozd, a demographer in UNO’s Center for Public Affairs Research. “It’s important because we know education is a pathway out of poverty and to higher-paying jobs.”
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