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07/28/2012 11:21 am ET Updated Jul 30, 2012

States With The Highest College Completion Rates

According to new U.S. Census Bureau data, the number of 25-to 34-year-olds who have college degrees around the nation has gradually increased from 2009 to 2011.

The current college attainment rate for the nation is 39.3 percent. However, this would have to increase by 50 percent to fulfill President Obama's goal for America to become first in the world in the percentage of population who have graduated from college by 2020. The U.S. currently places 16th.

According to a state-by-state breakdown by the Census Bureau, here are the top 15 states with the best college completion rates as of 2010. All of them have at least 43 percent of its young residents holding a college degree, but only two states have over 50 percent. D.C., which was included in the study, beat out all of the states with an impressive 68.8 percent.

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States With The Best College Completion Rates For 25-34 Year Olds
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States With The Best College Completion Rates For 25-34 Year Olds

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