In 2001, 11 percent of all U.S. Latinos over the age of 25 had bachelor’s degrees.
By last year, that number had grown to 14 percent.
But that 3 percent growth was smaller than other major ethnic groups, according to recently released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The number of African-Americans with bachelor’s degrees grew by more than 4 percent over the last decade, to almost 20 percent. Whites saw a more than 5 percent increase, to 34 percent.
There are many reasons for that gap, including the effects of poverty, language and immigration on education. A 2009 survey by the Pew Hispanic Center found that Latinos born in the U.S. were twice as likely as immigrants to have plans to go to college.
U.S.-born Latinos now account for more of the nation’s Latino population growth than do immigrants.
But the largest share of U.S.-born Latinos are children, with the biggest age group being younger than five.