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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah ranks fifth in the nation for the percentage of its residents who have graduated high school, according to new Census Bureau figures.

Nearly 1.2 million of its estimated 1.3 million people 25 and older have a diploma, a Census Bureau report released Monday said.

Nationwide, 85 percent of those age 25 or older reported they had at least completed high school.

The numbers indicate an upward trend for Utah, which in the previous report was eighth in the country for high school completion, said state Office of Education spokesman Mark Peterson.

Utah ranked 12th in the nation for college graduation, with 30.8 percent having at least a bachelor's degree, compared to 28 percent nationally.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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