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Educational Attainment

One Program Student MicroscopeBedford County Schools prides itself on preparing students for employment after graduation. High School students are offered an internship course in which they can work several hours per week at a local industry and hundreds of students tour local industries annually to learn about careers.

  • Bedford County’s on-time high school graduation rate for the Class of 2018 was 91.8%, just above the state rate of 91.6%. *Source: Virginia Department of Education
  • Thirty-one percent of Bedford County residents have a post secondary degree, with 28% of them having a bachelor’s degree or higher. Of those with a degree, 46% are science and engineering, or related studies.
Bedford County Virginia United States
8th Grade or Less 2,264     4% 283,115 12,784,424
Some High School 4,553     8% 478,399 20,503,405
High School Grad/GED 20,067    34% 1,624,572 67,676,791
Some College 13,404    22% 1,446,589 57,067,855
Associate’s Degree 4,508       8%  425,110 18,086,174
Bachelor’s Degree 9,694      16% 1,230,312 40,974,057
Graduate or Professional Degree 4,989        8% 834,750 23,236,720
59,579 6,322,847 240,329,426
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
American Community Survey, 2010-2014.