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Table 94. Public elementary and secondary enrollment, student race/ethnicity, schools, school size, and pupil/teacher ratios, by type of locale: 2008-09 and 2009-10
Enrollment, race/ethnicity, schools, school size, and pupil/teacher ratios Total City, large1 City, mid-size2 City, small3 Subur- ban, large4 Subur- ban, mid-size5 Subur- ban, small6 Town, fringe7 Town, dis- tant8 Town,
re- mote9
Rural, fringe 10 Rural, distant 11 Rural, remote 12 Locale unknown
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Fall 2008                            
Enrollment (in thousands) 49,054 7,425 3,146 3,752 14,438 1,590 1,019 2,087 2,325 1,586 6,933 3,554 1,197
Percentage distribution of enrollment,
   by race/ethnicity
100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
White 54.9 21.2 35.0 50.3 54.7 65.6 67.6 72.8 68.4 64.8 68.8 81.7 76.1
Black 16.9 30.0 29.3 19.0 15.6 10.8 10.7 8.6 13.7 10.9 12.3 8.4 7.6
Hispanic 21.5 39.6 28.2 22.9 22.0 17.7 16.4 15.5 14.6 17.3 13.9 6.9 7.7
Asian/Pacific Islander 5.0 7.9 6.1 6.2 6.6 4.2 3.6 1.7 1.2 3.1 3.3 0.8 0.7
American Indian/Alaska Native 1.2 0.8 0.7 0.9 0.5 0.7 0.9 1.1 1.9 3.7 1.2 2.1 7.8
Other 0.5 0.4 0.8 0.6 0.7 1.0 0.8 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.1 0.1
                             
Schools 98,706 12,927 5,780 6,968 22,482 2,786 1,900 4,258 5,639 4,331 12,625 11,792 7,218
Average school size13  517 588 575 566 662 591 558 512 443 396 579 311 171
Pupil/teacher ratio14 15.8 16.5 16.0 15.9 16.0 16.0 16.5 15.9 15.2 15.1 16.0 14.4 12.5
                             
Enrollment (percentage distribution) 100.0 15.1 6.4 7.6 29.4 3.2 2.1 4.3 4.7 3.2 14.1 7.2 2.4
Schools (percentage distribution) 100.0 13.1 5.9 7.1 22.8 2.8 1.9 4.3 5.7 4.4 12.8 11.9 7.3
                             
Fall 2009                            
Enrollment (in thousands) 49,136 7,563 3,175 3,694 14,293 1,574 1,003 956 3,090 1,854 7,266 3,496 1,171 #
Percentage distribution of enrollment,
   by race/ethnicity
100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
White 54.1 21.4 35.0 49.3 53.7 64.5 66.7 71.7 69.2 64.0 67.8 81.4 76.1 44.4
Black 16.8 29.5 27.9 18.8 15.6 11.0 10.7 6.5 12.4 11.5 12.3 8.4 7.2 16.2
Hispanic 22.2 39.6 29.3 24.2 22.7 18.6 16.7 18.4 14.9 17.5 14.6 7.0 7.9 34.8
Asian/Pacific Islander 5.1 7.9 6.2 6.2 6.7 4.3 3.7 1.7 1.4 2.9 3.4 0.8 0.7 2.8
American Indian/Alaska Native 1.2 0.8 0.7 1.0 0.5 0.7 0.9 1.2 1.6 3.6 1.2 2.1 7.7 0.6
Other 0.7 0.7 1.0 0.7 0.7 1.0 1.2 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.7 0.3 0.4 1.1
                             
Schools 98,817 13,234 5,705 6,828 22,395 2,771 1,875 1,926 7,069 4,991 13,156 11,687 7,103 77
Average school size13  516 586 582 565 656 583 555 513 462 399 579 308 170 13
Pupil/teacher ratio14 16.1 16.7 16.6 16.2 16.5 16.5 16.7 16.5 15.6 15.3 16.3 14.5 12.5 13.4
                             
Enrollment (percentage distribution) 100.0 15.4 6.5 7.5 29.1 3.2 2.0 1.9 6.3 3.8 14.8 7.1 2.4 #
Schools (percentage distribution) 100.0 13.4 5.8 6.9 22.7 2.8 1.9 2.0 7.2 5.1 13.3 11.8 7.2 #
†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.                            
1 Located inside an urbanized area and inside a principal city with a population of at least 250,000.
2 Located inside an urbanized area and inside a principal city with a population of at least 100,000, but less than 250,000.
3 Located inside an urbanized area and inside a principal city with a population less than 100,000.
4 Located inside an urbanized area and outside a principal city with a population of 250,000 or more.
5 Located inside an urbanized area and outside a principal city with a population of at least 100,000, but less than 250,000.
6 Located inside an urbanized area and outside a principal city with a population less than 100,000.
7 Located inside an urban cluster that is 10 miles or less from an urbanized area.
8 Located inside an urban cluster that is more than 10 but less than or equal to 35 miles from an urbanized area.
9 Located inside an urban cluster that is more than 35 miles from an urbanized area.
10 Located outside any urbanized area or urban cluster, but 5 miles or less from an urbanized area or 2.5 miles or less from an urban cluster.
11 Located outside any urbanized area or urban cluster and more than 5 miles but less than or equal to 25 miles from an urbanized area, or more than 2.5 miles but less than or equal to 10 miles from an urban cluster.
12 Located outside any urbanized area or urban cluster, more than 25 miles from an urbanized area, and more than 10 miles from an urban cluster.
13 Average for schools reporting enrollment. Enrollment data were available for 94,820 out of 98,706 institutions in 2008-09. Enrollment data were available for 95,222 out of 98,817 institutions in 2009-10.
14 Ratio for schools reporting both full-time-equivalent teachers and fall enrollment data.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey," 2009-10, and "Local Education Agency Universe Survey," 2008-09 and 2009-10. (This table was prepared December 2011.)
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