Educational Attainment

A vibrant economy depends on a skilled workforce ready to take on 21st-century jobs. Led by New Mexico State University and the University of Texas at El Paso, our region’s institutions of higher education are developing tomorrow’s workforce. Together, they account for $220 million in research and development (R&D) expenditures and issue 13,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees a year, most of them in humanities, business, and engineering. Most jobs in El Paso are in the retail sector, while in Southern New Mexico, healthcare and social assistance accounted for the largest share of jobs.

On the Mexican side, the Autonomous University of Juarez has 24,000 students within engineering and technology programs accounting for upward of 5,000 graduates, biosciences more than 6,000 and social sciences around 8,000. Much of the R&D is concentrated on engineering-related fields like aerospace, biomedicine, and electronics.

El Paso County (El Paso and surrounding areas)

Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Population 18 to 24 years 86,124 88,110 90,732 93,350 95,426
Less than high school graduate 15,588 15,067 15,241 14,749 15,077
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 28,852 29,076   29,394   29,499 29,582
Some college or associate's degree 38,067 39,914 41,733 44,248 45,518
Bachelor's degree or higher 3,617 4,053 4,264 4,854 5,248
Population 25 years and over 451,053 461,366 470,833 479,241 488,505
Less than 9th grade 81,641 80,739 78,629 77,158 76,695
9th to 12th grade, no diploma 49,165 48,443 47,083 47,445 46,408
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 108,704 112,112 113,471 114,539 118,707
Some college, no degree 96,525 99,194 104,996 108,308 110,891
Associate's degree 27,965 29,066 31,546 32,588 34,684
Bachelor's degree 58,186 60,900 64,033 67,094 68,879
Graduate or professional degree 28,867 30,450 31,075 32,109 32,241

Doña Ana County (Las Cruces and Southern NM)

Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Population 3 years and over enrolled in school 63,592 64,427 66,132 67,448 68,291
Nursery school, preschool 2,757 2,645 2,601 2,762 2,794
Kindergarten to 12th grade 38,468 39,431 39,831 40,525 40,556
Kindergarten 2,757 2,683 2,769 2,898 2,758
Elementary: grade 1 to grade 4 11,192 11,838 11,829 12,343 12,679
Elementary: grade 5 to grade 8 12,298 12,010 12,350 12,277 12,296
High school: grade 9 to grade 12 12,221 12,900 12,883 13,007 12,823
College, undergraduate 18,787 18,516 19,965 20,270 21,259
Graduate, professional school 3,580 3,835 3,735 3,891 3,682
College Educational Attainment by Gender 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Population 18 years and over 142,897 146,835 150,291 153,127 155,439
Enrolled in college or graduate school 16% 15% 16% 16% 16%
Males 18 years and over 70,178 70,954 72,719 74,203 75,438
Enrolled in college or graduate school 15% 15% 15% 15% 15%
Females 18 years and over 72,719 75,881 77,572 78,924 80,001
Enrolled in college or graduate school 16% 16% 16% 17% 17%

Cd. Juárez

Education Category Students Teachers Schools
Kindergarten Education 42,314 1 ,685 452
Elementary Education 174,977 5 ,735 565
Middle School Education 7 3,277 3,626 155
Technical Education 10,722 244 33
Vocational or Trade Education 7 ,073 450 14
High School Education 44,443 2,050 128
Undergraduate Education 42,268 2,974 22
Graduate Education 2,309 422 15
Total 397 ,383 17 ,186 1,384

Source: Ciudad Juárez- Plan Municipal de Desarrollo.