With a diverse employment base across a large range of industry sectors, Metro Denver takes great pride in its highly educated workforce.
Colorado has one of the nation's most educated workforces, ranking second among the 50 states for percentage of residents (39.9 percent) with a bachelor's degree or higher.
In addition, 91.3 percent of Metro Denver and 92.2 percent of Northern Colorado residents have completed high school – more than four percent higher than the national rate.
|Metro Denver||N. Colorado||Colorado||U.S.|
|High School Diploma||91.3%||92.2%||91.4%||87.5%|
|Bachelor's Degree/Higher||44.3%||37.8%||39.9%||31.3%||Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, American Community Survey, 2017|
Metro Denver also places strong emphasis on K-12 education excellence. Colorado's high school students have some of the nation's highest scores for college entrance exams.
|American College Test (ACT)||20.6||20.8|
|Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)||1747||1484||Source: Colorado Department of Education, 2015; ACT, Inc., 2014; and College Board, 2015|