While Latinos are running faster in the education race, this report finds that they are falling farther behind Whites and Blacks in many crucial college outcomes. The good news though, is that with the right support, Latinos are poised for a surge in educational and economic success.

Key Findings

Latina women have higher completion rates compared to Latino men at every level of postsecondary education.

While Latinos with high SAT/ACT test scores have similar rates of college enrollment as Whites, 63 percent of these Latinos complete a degree or other credential compared to 78 percent of Whites with similar test scores.


Only 34 percent of foreign-born Latinos have some form of postsecondary education compared to 61 percent of native-born Latinos.


Latinos who speak only English earn $41,000 annually on average, which is lower than whites’ earnings ($50,000) but higher than blacks’ earnings ($38,000).

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The State of Latinos in 10 States

Explore the data on Latinos’ educational attainment, earnings, and good jobs in ten states with the highest Latino populations.

Sources: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce analysis of American Community Survey (ACS), 2011-2015.

Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce analysis of American Community Survey (ACS), 2003-2005 and 2013-2015, and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) first-time degree/certificate fall enrollment data, 2004 and 2014.

Full Report

Latino Education and Economic Progress: Running Faster but Still Behind reveals that lagging college degree attainment has led Latinos to become stuck in the middle-wage tiers of the labor market. The report also finds that obtaining a college degree remains a challenge, with only 21% of Latinos having a bachelor’s degree.