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Education in Livingston County, Michigan

In the last fifty years the educational attainment of the American people has changed dramatically. In 1940, one-fourth of all persons 25 years old and over had completed high school (or more education), and one in twenty had completed four or more years of college. By 1990, over three-fourths (77.6 percent) had completed four years of high school or more and over one-fifth (21.3 percent) had completed four or more years of college.

Among Michigan's population ages 25 years and over, about 76.8 percent were at least high school graduates and 17.4 percent had at least a bachelor's degree. In comparison to state figures, Livingston County has a higher 1990 percent of persons with at least a high school graduate attainment (85.6 percent) and a higher percent of persons 25 years and over with at least a bachelor's degree (19.6 percent). This 85.6 percent of high school graduates or higher is greater than the percentage in most counties within Southeast Michigan (Macomb 76.9 percent, Oakland 84.6 percent, and Wayne 70.0 percent) and is second only to Washtenaw County with 87.2 percent high school graduates or higher.

The attainment of a bachelor's degree or higher is achieved to the largest extent by persons in Washtenaw County (41.9 percent). Oakland County is second (30.2 percent) and Livingston County is third (19.6 percent), followed by Wayne (13.7 percent) and Macomb (13.5 percent). Within the Livingston County population age 25 years and over, only 3.5 percent of the population has less than a ninth grade education.

Within the townships, cities and villages, Fowlerville, Pinckney and Conway Township have the highest percentages of persons with less than a ninth grade education; 6.5, 6.2 and 6.2, respectively. The county percent of high school graduate or higher educational attainment is 85.6 percent. Unadilla (75.8 percent) and Handy (77.4 percent) Townships are the communities which reflect the lowest percentages of this level of educational attainment, while Hartland Township maintains the highest percentage, with an impressive 91.5 percent.

Approximately one-fifth or 19.6 percent of Livingston County's population age 25 and over has obtained a bachelor's degree or higher. The attainment of a bachelor's degree or higher is less likely in the communities of Cohoctah (7.3 percent), Handy (8.0 percent) and Fowlerville (8.2 percent) but is very probable in the southeast quadrant and eastern edge of the county. Communities such as Brighton, Genoa, Hamburg, Green Oak, Hartland and Tyrone have bachelor's degree or higher education attainment at 20 percent or greater.

School Districts

Livingston County partially or wholly contains 15 different public school districts. Most Livingston County children attend public school within the Fowlerville, Howell, Hartland, Brighton or Pinckney school district.
School district enrollments in these 5 districts has increased since 1990 by a minimum of 24%. The Hartland Consolidated School District has incurred the greatest percent change between 1990 to 1999 with a 41.9% change. The Howell Public School District has gained the largest number of students between 1990 and 1999, with 1,643 new students.

Two public school academies in Livingston County, the Charyl Stockwell Academy and the Livingston Technical Academy, had 1999 enrollments of 398 and 81 students respectively. An additional 271 students in 1999 were enrolled in public school alternative education.

The ARC of Livingston is a non profit organization for parents who had children born with developmental disabilities and want more for their children than an institutional life. (517) 546-1228.

Cleary University is proud to have a campus in Livingston County as are Washtenaw Community College (Brighton) and Lansing Community College (Howell).