Percent of Graduates with a STEM Degree

What does this measure?

The number of residents with a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) degree, expressed as a percentage of all residents 25 and older.

Why is this important?

STEM degrees are an important component of the economy because STEM graduates workers tend to be more skilled and more highly paid than other workers. In addition, a region's future vitality is often tied to the strength of its STEM-related occupations. STEM graduates are in high demand and provide a talent pool for attracting organizations and firms depending on a similar base of scientific knowledge and skilled workers.

How does our county compare?

In 2021, 14% of residents in Lancaster County aged 25 or older had a STEM degree. This was lower than both the state rate of 23% and national rate of 18%, respectively. Lancaster County had the third largest percentage of STEM graduates behind Dauphin (39%) and Cumberland and York (both at 15%), and just over Berks (10%), Chester and Lebanon (both at 9%).

The percentage of STEM graduates in Lancaster, Berks, Chester and Lebanon counties has remained essentially flat since 2000. Dauphin County grew its number of STEM graduates by 20 percentage points since 2000, while Yorks saw a decrease of 4 percentage points.

Notes about the data

Certificates and all diplomas are included as STEM graduates. The STEM Designated Degree Program list is a complete list of fields of study that DHS considers to be science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields of study.

Percent of Graduates with a STEM Degree
Lancaster County14%12%14%15%15%14%15%14%14%14%14%14%13%14%13%14%14%16%16%15%15%14%
Berks County9%8%7%12%10%9%9%9%8%8%8%10%10%10%10%10%11%11%13%13%10%10%
Chester County10%9%9%10%11%9%8%7%6%6%6%7%7%7%7%8%8%10%9%9%9%9%
Cumberland County11%23%17%22%15%15%14%11%12%11%12%12%12%13%15%14%13%14%13%13%14%15%
Dauphin County19%18%17%23%21%20%17%17%13%14%14%14%14%15%14%16%19%26%33%35%36%39%
Lebanon County8%7%7%7%9%8%9%8%8%8%11%9%9%9%10%10%13%12%12%13%10%9%
York County19%17%19%18%15%16%18%15%16%15%18%15%11%14%13%13%12%15%15%17%14%15%

Source: Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
Notes: Degree counts include both first and second degrees.

Number of STEM Graduates
Lancaster County430382428479540547561536596575616639615657667676691777768738782708
Berks County307269290425398359387406362376375492491503469497522547611596384408
Chester County382328410461523433462408368407410463487492523533552678622678583636
Cumberland County329799583741548592529449441398428435467513569499469546458496466481
Dauphin County5825905497036807216156385185455996036556396366707491,0311,4681,5721,2511,354
Lebanon County42474151555454514854776665608080918089886768
York County407417462412312392455406440392527451335406344369318343285281209233

Source: Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
Notes: Degree counts include both first and second degrees.