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

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Table 1.1.

Number and percentage distribution of public elementary and secondary districts, schools, and students, by locale: 200304

Locale Districts Schools Students
Total 14,076 95,726 48,353,523
City 831 24,597 14,685,209
Suburban 2,800 26,589 17,137,511
Town 2,572 14,563 6,222,788
Rural 7,873 29,977 10,308,015
Fringe 1,568 10,176 5,305,303
Distant 3,062 11,036 3,438,256
Remote 3,243 8,765 1,564,456
  Percentage distribution
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0
City 5.9 25.7 30.4
Suburban 19.9 27.8 35.4
Town 18.3 15.2 12.9
Rural 55.9 31.3 21.3
Fringe 11.1 10.6 11.0
Distant 21.8 11.5 7.1
Remote 23.0 9.2 3.2
NOTE: Schools with no reported enrollment are included in school totals but excluded from student totals. Rural areas are located outside any urbanized area or urban cluster. Urbanized areas are densely settled areas containing at least 50,000 people. Urban clusters are densely settled areas with a population of 2,500 to 49,999. Fringe rural areas are 5 miles or less from an urbanized area or 2.5 miles or less from an urban cluster. Distant rural areas are 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. Remote rural areas are more than 25 miles from an urbanized area and more than 10 miles from an urban cluster. For more details on Census-defined areas, see Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey" and "Local Education Agency Universe Survey," 200304.
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