Data Source: https://www.americashealthrankings.org/explore/annual/measure/Graduation_A/state/IN Last accessed 11 July 2022
Public Health Impact: High School Graduation
High School Graduation
U.S. Value: 85.8%
Healthiest State: Alabama: 91.7%
Least-healthy State: New Mexico: 75.1%
Definition: Percentage of high school students graduating with a regular high school diploma within four years of starting ninth grade
Data Source & Year(s): U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data, 2018-2019 School Year
Suggested Citation: America's Health Rankings analysis of U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data, United Health Foundation, AmericasHealthRankings.org, accessed 2022.
WHY DOES THIS MATTER?
Educational attainment is a strong predictor of health outcomes. The connection between education and health is well-documented. Higher educational attainment is associated with better jobs, higher earnings, increased health knowledge, better self-reported health and fewer chronic conditions. Individuals with lower educational attainment are at a greater risk of adverse health outcomes such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, lung disease, mental health problems and premature death. Additionally, students who drop out of high school are more likely to experience incarceration.
According to one study, investments to reduce education-related disparities could save up to eight times more lives than equal investments in medical advances. Each high school dropout costs the United States more than $163,000 in lost revenue over a lifetime based on the lifetime differences between dropouts and graduates in income, taxes paid, government spending on health, crime and welfare. Increased time in school is also connected to higher social engagement over the lifetime.
WHO IS AFFECTED?
The high school graduation rate is higher among: