Some 27% of Kilkenny residents age 15 and over have a third-level qualification, compared with a national rate of 31%, according to new data released from the 2011 census.
Of the total 13,315 graduates living in Kilkenny, 60% are female and 40% are male. The most common field of study is social sciences, business and law.
In total, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures, in County Kilkenny there are 846 people who declared themselves as having no formal education; 8,350 people whose highest level completed was primary; 12,191 people with lower secondary and 12,788 with upper secondary; 5,974 people with technical/vocational education; 4,441 people with an advanced certificate or completed apprenticeship; 3,039 people with a higher certificate; 4,318 people with an ordinary bachelor degree, professional qualification or both; 5,224 people with an honours bachelor degree, professional qualification or both; 3,590 people with a postgraduate diploma or degree; and 183 people with a doctorate.
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