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Table 44. Number and percentage of public school students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, by state: Selected years, 2000-01 through 2008-09
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 2007-08 2008-09 2000-01 2005-06 2007-08 2008-09 2000-01 2005-06 2007-08 2008-09
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
United States 46,579,068 1  48,403,390 47,772,027 1  48,168,458 17,839,867 1  20,333,474 20,522,564 1  21,501,568 38.3 1  42.0 43.0 1  44.6
Alabama 728,351   741,544 738,382   742,997 335,143   383,219 377,454   389,252 46.0   51.7 51.1   52.4
Alaska 105,333   103,498 131,029   130,662 32,468   41,872 44,043   44,578 30.8   40.5 33.6   34.1
Arizona 877,696 2  955,320 1,010,604   1,075,949 274,277 2  492,450 412,305   515,916 31.2 2  51.5 40.8   47.9
Arkansas 449,959   474,206 479,016   478,965 205,058   250,641 269,355   273,549 45.6   52.9 56.2   57.1
California 6,050,753   6,311,900 5,953,047   6,180,511 2,820,611   3,063,627 3,099,565   3,267,160 46.6   48.5 52.1   52.9
                                     
Colorado 724,349   779,825 791,996   816,922 195,148   258,264 275,475   289,326 26.9   33.1 34.8   35.4
Connecticut 562,179 2  575,051 568,405   552,978 143,030 2  152,669 168,586   169,742 25.4 2  26.5 29.7   30.7
Delaware 114,676   120,937 119,256   122,622 37,766   43,682 44,185   48,982 32.9   36.1 37.1   39.9
District of Columbia 68,380   66,498 61,184   66,511 47,839   41,050 38,309   46,102 70.0   61.7 62.6   69.3
Florida 2,434,755   2,674,998 2,666,811   2,631,020 1,079,009   1,224,228 1,215,459   1,304,324 44.3   45.8 45.6   49.6
                                     
Georgia 1,444,937   1,598,461 1,649,589   1,655,792 624,511   795,394 840,921   877,701 43.2   49.8 51.0   53.0
Hawaii 184,357   184,925 179,897   179,406 80,657   74,926 67,747   74,895 43.8   40.5 37.7   41.7
Idaho 244,755   260,343 271,976   274,672 85,824   99,093 101,202   109,071 35.1   38.1 37.2   39.7
Illinois 2,048,792 2  1,976,077 1,955,299   1,977,007 759,973 2  785,715 810,398   832,946 37.1 2  39.8 41.4   42.1
Indiana 977,219   1,034,719 1,044,593   1,045,833 285,267   373,433 410,324   437,293 29.2   36.1 39.3   41.8
                                     
Iowa 492,021   481,094 482,204   482,735 131,553   154,416 161,551   165,830 26.7   32.1 33.5   34.4
Kansas 462,594   466,263 468,014   470,397 154,693   180,919 186,948   202,060 33.4   38.8 39.9   43.0
Kentucky 626,723   641,682 665,066   660,419 298,334   336,287 340,413   345,926 47.6   52.4 51.2   52.4
Louisiana 741,162   654,388 680,499   684,745 433,068   400,596 430,263   444,562 58.4   61.2 63.2   64.9
Maine 198,532   189,572 190,737   187,484 60,162   65,877 68,814   71,407 30.3   34.8 36.1   38.1
                                     
Maryland 852,911   860,018 841,948   840,506 255,872   272,069 282,129   292,398 30.0   31.6 33.5   34.8
Massachusetts 979,590   971,907 962,806   958,910 237,871   274,515 283,819   294,681 24.3   28.2 29.5   30.7
Michigan 1,703,260   1,711,532 1,665,559   1,629,880 504,044   609,754 627,239   681,764 29.6   35.6 37.7   41.8
Minnesota 854,154   838,998 833,547   826,121 218,867   253,938 264,646   270,777 25.6   30.3 31.7   32.8
Mississippi 497,421   494,744 494,013   491,129 319,670   344,107 330,635   336,113 64.3   69.6 66.9   68.4
                                     
Missouri 912,247   915,844 917,188   917,871 315,608   358,428 362,385   354,973 34.6   39.1 39.5   38.7
Montana 154,438   143,093 140,715   140,430 47,415   50,172 50,936   52,021 30.7   35.1 36.2   37.0
Nebraska 286,138   286,610 291,238   291,805 87,045   99,387 108,986   112,293 30.4   34.7 37.4   38.5
Nevada 282,621   410,531 423,309   422,250 92,978   170,039 169,144   169,185 32.9   41.4 40.0   40.1
New Hampshire 206,919   203,998 200,772   197,934 31,212   35,087 36,416   40,496 15.1   17.2 18.1   20.5
                                     
New Jersey 1,312,983   1,395,600 1,341,122   1,377,573 357,728   373,946 387,965   414,582 27.2   26.8 28.9   30.1
New Mexico 320,303   326,755 321,544   322,363 174,939   181,916 199,302   202,758 54.6   55.7 62.0   62.9
New York 2,859,927   2,812,964 2,765,435   2,717,371 1,236,945   1,260,933 1,220,052   1,226,247 43.3   44.8 44.1   45.1
North Carolina 1,194,371   1,356,570 1,003,293   1,076,134 470,316   603,316 456,210   493,946 39.4   44.5 45.5   45.9
North Dakota 109,201   98,284 95,052   94,728 31,840   29,064 29,687   29,963 29.2   29.6 31.2   31.6
                                     
Ohio 1,745,237   1,836,982 1,822,586 2  1,813,999 494,829   597,517 616,031 2  661,151 28.4   32.5 33.8 2  36.4
Oklahoma 623,110   632,812 640,515   643,640 300,179   346,070 354,139   362,090 48.2   54.7 55.3   56.3
Oregon 535,617   534,814 558,791   553,825 186,203   230,737 235,632   255,795 34.8   43.1 42.2   46.2
Pennsylvania 1,798,977   1,813,760 1,635,217   1,638,671 510,121   574,951 560,384   591,250 28.4   31.7 34.3   36.1
Rhode Island 157,347   151,686 146,228   139,922 52,209   53,521 55,596   57,174 33.2   35.3 38.0   40.9
                                     
South Carolina 677,411   700,397 711,552   717,001 320,254   361,567 366,883   376,735 47.3   51.6 51.6   52.5
South Dakota 128,598   121,999 118,379   124,323 37,857   39,059 40,289   43,836 29.4   32.0 34.0   35.3
Tennessee 909,161 2  934,444 948,934   949,964 436,298 2  448,431 475,202   485,590 48.0 2  48.0 50.1   51.1
Texas 4,059,353   4,523,575 4,673,455   4,751,003 1,823,029   2,181,697 2,230,688   2,317,239 44.9   48.2 47.7   48.8
Utah 470,265   508,399 526,542   553,040 135,428   164,255 172,576   174,729 28.8   32.3 32.8   31.6
                                     
Vermont 102,049   96,638 87,038   85,842 23,986   25,487 25,767   27,115 23.5   26.4 29.6   31.6
Virginia 1,067,710   1,167,860 1,224,044   1,235,143 320,233   377,725 386,805   408,336 30.0   32.3 31.6   33.1
Washington 1,004,770 2  1,031,967 1,030,247   997,244 326,295 2  376,198 383,802   396,602 32.5 2  36.5 37.3   39.8
West Virginia 286,285   280,699 282,512   282,718 143,446   137,878 138,931   141,448 50.1   49.1 49.2   50.0
Wisconsin 859,276   864,207 874,478   872,338 219,276   256,645 281,027   292,609 25.5   29.7 32.1   33.5
Wyoming 89,895   84,402 86,364   87,153 43,483   26,707 25,944   27,050 48.4   31.6 30.0   31.0
1 U.S. total includes imputation for nonreporting states.
2 Imputation for survey nonresponse.
NOTE: Table reflects counts of students enrolled in schools for which both enrollment data and free/reduced-price lunch eligibility data were reported. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
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, 2007-08, and 2008-09. (This table was prepared November 2010.)
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