The Condition of Education 2014

Elementary and Secondary Education

Characteristics of Traditional Public and Public Charter Schools

In school year 2011–12, about one third of traditional public schools (34 percent) were in rural areas, compared with 16 percent of charter schools. In contrast, 24 percent of traditional public schools and the majority of charter schools (55 percent) were in cities.

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Percentage distribution of public schools, by school locale and status: School year 2011–12

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD).