U.S. Census American Community Survey

DATE: September 5, 2017

AUTHOR: Aaron Fernandes


In order to compare state or local-level postsecondary finance, it is often important to adjust for population size (e.g. 18-24, or 18-64 age population). When doing institution comparisons, adjusting for enrollment is appropriate, but at the state level, population comparisons are also important.

Overview link:


Data link:

Under advanced search, the table number to enter is S0101 for population by age and sex, which can be modified to select one or all states or other geographies.

Best for:

Normalizing state postsecondary revenue based on population.

Not as good for:

Institution or sector-level analysis.


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