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Table 45. Number and percentage of public school students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, by state: Selected years, 2000-01 through 2009-10
State Number of students Number of students eligible for free/reduced-price lunch Percent of students eligible for free/reduced-price lunch
2000-01 2005-06 2008-09 2009-10 2000-01 2005-06 2008-09 2009-10 2000-01 2005-06 2008-09 2009-10
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
United States 46,579,068 1  48,403,390 48,168,458 48,684,948 1  17,839,867 1  20,333,474 21,501,568 23,103,677 1  38.3 1  42.0 44.6 47.5 1 
Alabama 728,351   741,544 742,997 748,836   335,143   383,219 389,252 411,067   46.0   51.7 52.4 54.9  
Alaska 105,333   103,498 130,662 131,661   32,468   41,872 44,578 47,678   30.8   40.5 34.1 36.2  
Arizona 877,696 2  955,320 1,075,949 1,060,622   274,277 2  492,450 515,916 501,512   31.2 2  51.5 47.9 47.3  
Arkansas 449,959   474,206 478,965 480,060   205,058   250,641 273,549 286,477   45.6   52.9 57.1 59.7  
California 6,050,753   6,311,900 6,180,511 6,100,133   2,820,611   3,063,627 3,267,160 3,393,827   46.6   48.5 52.9 55.6  
                                     
Colorado 724,349   779,825 816,922 831,906   195,148   258,264 289,326 319,404   26.9   33.1 35.4 38.4  
Connecticut 562,179 2  575,051 552,978 556,498   143,030 2  152,669 169,742 179,586   25.4 2  26.5 30.7 32.3  
Delaware 114,676   120,937 122,622 124,809   37,766   43,682 48,982 58,375   32.9   36.1 39.9 46.8  
District of Columbia 68,380   66,498 66,511 66,849   47,839   41,050 46,102 48,330   70.0   61.7 69.3 72.3  
Florida 2,434,755   2,674,998 2,631,020 2,634,522   1,079,009   1,224,228 1,304,324 1,408,677   44.3   45.8 49.6 53.5  
                                     
Georgia 1,444,937   1,598,461 1,655,792 1,667,685   624,511   795,394 877,701 934,899   43.2   49.8 53.0 56.1  
Hawaii 184,357   184,925 179,406 180,196   80,657   74,926 74,895 77,947   43.8   40.5 41.7 43.3  
Idaho 244,755   260,343 274,672 276,299   85,824   99,093 109,071 118,932   35.1   38.1 39.7 43.0  
Illinois 2,048,792 2  1,976,077 1,977,007 1,953,713   759,973 2  785,715 832,946 901,912   37.1 2  39.8 42.1 46.2  
Indiana 977,219   1,034,719 1,045,833 1,046,357   285,267   373,433 437,293 474,326   29.2   36.1 41.8 45.3  
                                     
Iowa 492,021   481,094 482,735 482,123   131,553   154,416 165,830 179,921   26.7   32.1 34.4 37.3  
Kansas 462,594   466,263 470,397 469,218   154,693   180,919 202,060 214,437   33.4   38.8 43.0 45.7  
Kentucky 626,723   641,682 660,419 674,953   298,334   336,287 345,926 370,264   47.6   52.4 52.4 54.9  
Louisiana 741,162   654,388 684,745 690,741   433,068   400,596 444,562 454,338   58.4   61.2 64.9 65.8  
Maine 198,532   189,572 187,484 184,232   60,162   65,877 71,407 76,715   30.3   34.8 38.1 41.6  
                                     
Maryland 852,911   860,018 840,506 848,412   255,872   272,069 292,398 324,904   30.0   31.6 34.8 38.3  
Massachusetts 979,590   971,907 958,910 957,053   237,871   274,515 294,681 315,153   24.3   28.2 30.7 32.9  
Michigan 1,703,260   1,711,532 1,629,880 1,617,262   504,044   609,754 681,764 742,273   29.6   35.6 41.8 45.9  
Minnesota 854,154   838,998 826,121 836,936   218,867   253,938 270,777 296,756   25.6   30.3 32.8 35.5  
Mississippi 497,421   494,744 491,129 492,165   319,670   344,107 336,113 348,050   64.3   69.6 68.4 70.7  
                                     
Missouri 912,247   915,844 917,871 908,056   315,608   358,428 354,973 401,947   34.6   39.1 38.7 44.3  
Montana 154,438   143,093 140,430 140,553   47,415   50,172 52,021 56,201   30.7   35.1 37.0 40.0  
Nebraska 286,138   286,610 291,805 295,368   87,045   99,387 112,293 121,915   30.4   34.7 38.5 41.3  
Nevada 282,621   410,531 422,250 419,967   92,978   170,039 169,185 181,688   32.9   41.4 40.1 43.3  
New Hampshire 206,919   203,998 197,934 197,140   31,212   35,087 40,496 46,246   15.1   17.2 20.5 23.5  
                                     
New Jersey 1,312,983   1,395,600 1,377,573 1,370,083   357,728   373,946 414,582 445,174   27.2   26.8 30.1 32.5  
New Mexico 320,303   326,755 322,363 327,689   174,939   181,916 202,758 218,130   54.6   55.7 62.9 66.6  
New York 2,859,927   2,812,964 2,717,371 2,766,052 2  1,236,945   1,260,933 1,226,247 1,248,215 2  43.3   44.8 45.1 45.1 2 
North Carolina 1,194,371   1,356,570 1,076,134 1,445,761   470,316   603,316 493,946 720,798   39.4   44.5 45.9 49.9  
North Dakota 109,201   98,284 94,728 95,073   31,840   29,064 29,963 32,163   29.2   29.6 31.6 33.8  
                                     
Ohio 1,745,237   1,836,982 1,813,999 1,762,315   494,829   597,517 661,151 710,381   28.4   32.5 36.4 40.3  
Oklahoma 623,110   632,812 643,640 654,167   300,179   346,070 362,090 384,448   48.2   54.7 56.3 58.8  
Oregon 535,617   534,814 553,825 541,789   186,203   230,737 255,795 272,196   34.8   43.1 46.2 50.2  
Pennsylvania 1,798,977   1,813,760 1,638,671 1,737,649   510,121   574,951 591,250 663,132   28.4   31.7 36.1 38.2  
Rhode Island 157,347   151,686 139,922 143,674   52,209   53,521 57,174 60,179   33.2   35.3 40.9 41.9  
                                     
South Carolina 677,411   700,397 717,001 721,532   320,254   361,567 376,735 394,018   47.3   51.6 52.5 54.6  
South Dakota 128,598   121,999 124,323 122,264   37,857   39,059 43,836 45,956   29.4   32.0 35.3 37.6  
Tennessee 909,161 2  934,444 949,964 948,128   436,298 2  448,431 485,590 516,176   48.0 2  48.0 51.1 54.4  
Texas 4,059,353   4,523,575 4,751,003 4,850,003   1,823,029   2,181,697 2,317,239 2,450,265   44.9   48.2 48.8 50.5  
Utah 470,265   508,399 553,040 580,718   135,428   164,255 174,729 244,458   28.8   32.3 31.6 42.1  
                                     
Vermont 102,049   96,638 85,842 85,339   23,986   25,487 27,115 29,529   23.5   26.4 31.6 34.6  
Virginia 1,067,710   1,167,860 1,235,143 1,219,806   320,233   377,725 408,336 444,715   30.0   32.3 33.1 36.5  
Washington 1,004,770 2  1,031,967 997,244 996,612   326,295 2  376,198 396,602 428,263   32.5 2  36.5 39.8 43.0  
West Virginia 286,285   280,699 282,718 282,661   143,446   137,878 141,448 147,036   50.1   49.1 50.0 52.0  
Wisconsin 859,276   864,207 872,338 871,156   219,276   256,645 292,609 323,634   25.5   29.7 33.5 37.1  
Wyoming 89,895   84,402 87,153 88,152   43,483   26,707 27,050 31,054   48.4   31.6 31.0 35.2  
1 U.S. total includes imputation for nonreporting states.
2 Imputation for survey nonresponse. State-level imputations for 2000-01 were based on the reported percentages for 2001-02 applied to the 2000-01 enrollments. The state-level imputation for 2009-10 was based on the reported percentage for 2008-09 applied to the 2009-10 enrollment.
NOTE: Table reflects counts of students enrolled in schools for which both enrollment data and free/reduced-price lunch eligibility data were reported.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey," 2000-01, 2005-06, 2008-09, and 2009-10. (This table was prepared August 2011.)
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