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Status of Education in Rural America
NCES 2007-040
June 2007

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Exhibit B:

Comparison of number and percentage of public elementary and secondary schools and students classified as rural under the former metro-centric classification system and under the new urban-centric classification system: 2003–04

Characteristic All locales Rural under former system Rural under new system Unchanged (rural in both systems) No longer classified as rural Newly classified as rural Net increase
Number of schools  95,726 29,517 29,977 27,099 2,418 2,878 460
Percentage of 
All schools  100.0 30.8 31.3 28.3 2.5 3.0 0.5
Former rural schools  100.0 101.61 91.8 8.2
Number of students (in thousands)  48,354 9,971 10,308 8,851 1,120 1,457 337
Percentage of 
All students  100.0 20.6 21.3 18.3 2.3 3.0 0.7
Students formerly classified as rural  100.0 103.41 88.8 11.2
Not applicable
1 This percentage, which represents the number under the new system divided by the number under the former system, is over 100 percent because the new classification system increased the total number classified as rural.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Locale Code File," 2003–04.
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