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 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. beat out all of the states with an impressive 68.8 percent.

1. Washington D.C.
82,098 graduates, 68.8% of the population. *Washington, D.C. is not a state, but its figures are included in the data.

2. Massachusetts
454,219 graduates, 54.3% of the population

3. North Dakota
43,893 graduates, 50.8% of the population

4. Minnesota
350,909 graduates, 49.8% of the population

5. New York
1,302,196 graduates, 49.6% of the population

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