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Highlights from the 2006 data released by the Census Bureau:

 -Massachusetts led all states in college graduates, with 37 percent of adults 25 and older holding at least a bachelor's degree. West Virginia came in last with 16.5 percent.

-Mississippi led all states in high-school dropouts, with 22.1 percent of adults 25 and older not graduating from high school. Minnesota was at the other end, with only 9.3 percent.

-California led the nation in immigrants, at 27 percent of the state's population, and in people who spoke a foreign language at home, at 43 percent.

-West Virginia had the smallest share of immigrants, at 1.2 percent. It also had the smallest share of people speaking a foreign language at home, at 2.3 percent.

-New York residents had the longest average commuting time to work at nearly 31 minutes, while North Dakota had the shortest, at 15.5 minutes.

-More Americans are working later in life. In 2006, 23.2 percent of people age 65 to 74 were still in the labor force -either working or looking for work - up from 19.6 percent in 2000.

-Fewer households consist of a married couple with children - 21.6 percent in 2006, down from 23.5 percent in 2000.

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Published Thursday, September 13, 2007 12:51 PM by Angie Adams NC/SC REALTOR® Broker

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