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The foundation of the Education GO Get It Partnership is built upon a deep understanding of the landscape in Georgia. This understanding comes from turning data into information and from uncovering insights to take action – enabling and motivating students to reach their potential through education and improving the economic prosperity of Georgia.

Visit the Education GO Get It Statistical Reports, which include present and projected figures on high school dropouts and graduates, along with 25 additional statistical categories, organized by school district as reported by Doug Bachtel and the Department of Housing and Consumer Economics, College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia

Georgia by the numbers:
a snapshot of the state 1

8.3
Million
the population. 51% female and 49% male. During the decade of the 1990s, Georgia was the 6th fastest growing state on a percentage basis and the 4th fastest growing state on a numeric basis.
27% percentage of the population under 18. 9% are 18-24 year olds.
29%
Georgia has the 4th highest percentage of African- Americans of any state.
percentage of the population who is African-American. Georgia has the 5th largest number (2.2 million in 2000) and the 4th highest percentage of African-Americans of any state (vs. US at 13%). Georgia has historically had a large number and percentage of African-Americans, and this population is continuing to increase due to four reasons: (1) more African-Americans chose to stay in the state and are not leaving as in previous decades (2) African-American women have higher birth rates than white women (3) African-Americans who previously left the state are returning to retire (4) African-Americans are moving from other states because of the economy. Additionally, African-Americans are very concentrated in Georgia: 53% live in seven counties: Fulton, DeKalb, Bibb, Muscogee, Chatham, Richmond, and Cobb. Projections indicate that African-Americans will number almost 3,000,000 in 2020, representing close to 25% of the total population.
6%
51% of Hispanics live in four counties in Georgia
percentage of the population who is Hispanic. This number could be significantly larger (some estimates double) because the census only records individuals who were counted by census enumerators. 51% of the Hispanic population lives in four metropolitan Atlanta counties (Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, and Cobb). Suburban counties around major cities attract Hispanics because of construction labor needs. In addition to these areas, agriculture’s persistent need for seasonal workers attracts and retains large numbers of Hispanics in rural areas. For example, central and northeast Georgia’s orchard crops attract large numbers of Hispanics as do poultry processing plants in Hall County and carpet manufacturers in Whitfield County. Military counties such as Chattahoochee and Liberty also attract Hispanics.
$42,433 median household income. $47,832 for whites, $30,998 for African-Americans.
5.4% difference in unemployment rates between high school non-graduates (8.5% unemployment) and college graduates (3.1% unemployment)2
2nd
Georgia’s number of counties is second only to Texas
Georgia’s rank in number of counties. Georgia has 159 and Texas leads the nation with 245 counties.

Georgia education by the numbers

“Education is a mixed public good. The individual is the most direct beneficiary of the education, but society is also a beneficiary of the individual’s investment. Education raises productivity, and as productivity increases results, more goods and services and/or higher quality goods and services can be produced with the same amount of labor.”3

40%
Georgia’s 12th grade class is 40% smaller than the 9th grade class four years earlier
The percentage decrease in the size of the 12th grade class compared to the 9th grade class four years earlier.4
32 The number of students out of 100 who enter 9th grade and are likely to graduate from high school four years later and enroll in college within a year.5
$1.3
Million
The additional income that can be earned over a lifetime if a bachelor’s degree is obtained vs. dropping out of high school6
$17.6
Billion
The direct economic impact of high school non-completion in Georgia is $17.6 B annually
The direct economic impact of high school noncompletion.7
84 The number of counties in Georgia where more than 30% of the adult population does not have a high school education.8
24% The percentage of the population 25 years and older who has a bachelor’s degree or higher.9
45.3% The percentage of public high school students who are minorities, 10th highest in the nation.10
57.7% College enrollment rate of recent high school graduates. Mississippi’s rate is 62.5%11
32% The projected growth rate between 1998 and 2008 for 147 occupations in Georgia that require a bachelor’s degree or higher, representing over 263,000 jobs12
52% The growth rate in the jobs requiring at least an associates degree between 1992 and 2000, while jobs requiring a high school education increased by 5%.13
1
"Availability of skilled labor" ranked #1 in corporate survey as a factor for moving a company to an area
The rank of a corporate survey in 2000, 2001, and 2002 of “availability of skilled labor” as a factor determining whether a company would move to an area.14

Footnotes

1 The source of all data in this section is either US Census or Dr. Douglas Bachtel, University of Georgia unless otherwise noted
2 Georgia Southern University, The Economic Impact of High School Non-Completion in Georgia, August 2003
3 Georgia Southern University, The Economic Impact of High School Non-Completion in Georgia, August 2003
4 Georgia Department of Education
5 Education Commission of the States
6 US Census, 2000
7 Georgia Southern University, The Economic Impact of High School Non-Completion in Georgia, August 2003
8 Dr. Douglas Bachtel, University of Georgia
9 US Census
10 SREB Fact Book on Higher Education 2003 (referring to the 2000 population)
11 SREB Fact Book on Higher Education 2003
12 Georgia Department of Labor
13 Bureau of Labor Statistics
14 Area Development, a leading publication for economic developers
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