2018 Q2 Habits

Habits of the Highly Educated

In 2014, 69% of 25- to 34-year-olds with at least a bachelor’s degree and 45% of high school graduates reported exercising vigorously at least once a week.

In 2014, smoking rates were 8% and 26% for four-year college graduates and high school graduates, respectively. Within each education level, males are more likely to smoke than females.

In 2015, 39% of adult bachelor’s degree recipients and 16% of high school graduates volunteered.

Across every age group, adults with higher levels of education are more likely to vote than those with lower levels of education.

In the 2014 midterm election, the voting rate of 25- to 44-year-olds with at least a bachelor’s degree (45%) was more than twice as high as the voting rate of high school graduates (20%) in the same age group.

College grads are, on average, three times as happy when they report job satisfaction.

44 percent of workers with an associate degree or some college coursework reported that their jobs required continued education, and only 30 percent of high-school diploma workers agreed.


Grads live, on average, nine years longer than those who don’t graduate from high school.

The likelihood of depression is reduced; the drive to exercise is boosted; the likelihood of becoming obese or having obese children is reduced.

They donate money and time to organizations more than those who haven’t sought out higher education.