In 2000, 23.5 percent of rural Americans didn't have a high-school diploma. That dropped to 17.5 percent in 2010 and 17 percent in 2011, and the number with a high school diploma or equivalent rose from 35.9 percent to 37 percent in 2011.
Rural residents with at least a two-year degree went from 25.5 percent in 2000 to 29 percent in 2011. Those with a bachelor's degree or higher went from 15.1 percent in 2000 to 17.5 percent in 2010, but dropped to 17 percent in 2011.
In metropolitan areas, only 14 percent have less than a high school diploma, 27 percent have a diploma or equivalent, 29 percent have some sort of degree, and 30 percent have a bachelor's degree or higher. Agri-Pulse is subscription-only, but offers a free trial here.