Finney County Sees Rise in Percentage of College Graduates


(Garden City, KS) (

Finney County has experienced a brain gain in the last 40 years, joining the rest of the country in what has been a massive increase in the number of adults who have earned college degrees.

In 1970, 11.0 percent of people over 25-years old had college degrees in Finney County.  By 2010, 17.3 percent of adults here had completed college.

The percentage of adults with college degrees in Finney County was less than the national average of 27.9 percent in 2010, and slightly less than the Kansas average of 29.3 percent.

The number of adults in the United States with college degrees has nearly tripled since 1970, when only 10.7 percent of adults had graduated from college. But the percentage of adults with degrees in counties with small cities, such as Finney County, while increasing, has generally fallen behind the proportion of college-educated residents in urban counties.

In Finney County, 13.8 percent of adults had some college in 1970, rising to 28.1 percent in 2010. The Kansas average in 2010 was 31.0 percent. Finney County had 9,200 adults over 25 years old in 1970 and 20,552 adults in 2010.