When President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as president on Jan. 20, his wife Jill will become the first resident with a doctorate in more than a century. Roughly 3.1 million Americans older than 25 have a doctorate degree, according to a Social Explorer analysis of newly released 2015-19 American Community Survey data.
Not surprisingly, Los Alamos, N.M., home to a major national research laboratory, has the highest percentage of people with doctorate degrees in the nation, at 17.7 percent – nearly twice the 9.5 percent reported by Tompkins County, N.Y., home of Cornell University. Orange County, N.C., home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, ranks third at 8.9 percent. More than 100 counties have no residents with doctorate degrees. To see the percentage of people in your county with doctorate degrees, use Social Explorer’s customizable, online mapping tools.
Population with Doctorate Degrees, 2019. Click here to explore further.