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

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Table 1.3.

Number and percentage distribution of public elementary and secondary students, by race/ethnicity and locale: 200304


Locale Total White Black Hispanic Asian/Pacific
Islander
American
Indian/Alaska
Native
  Number
Total 47,277,389 27,612,086 8,089,204 8,883,272 2,107,001 585,826
City 14,358,734 5,049,347 3,998,670 4,243,922 945,856 120,939
Suburban 16,899,108 10,466,158 2,397,357 3,032,308 909,026 94,259
Town 6,058,054 4,352,994 679,916 803,520 99,898 121,726
Rural 9,961,493 7,743,587 1,013,261 803,522 152,221 248,902
Fringe 5,115,917 3,806,283 596,189 519,923 122,728 70,794
Distant 3,309,673 2,731,320 299,375 188,831 20,284 69,863
Remote 1,535,903 1,205,984 117,697 94,768 9,209 108,245
  Percentage distribution
Total 100.0 58.4 17.1 18.8 4.5 1.2
City 100.0 35.2 27.8 29.6 6.6 0.8
Suburban 100.0 61.9 14.2 17.9 5.4 0.6
Town 100.0 71.9 11.2 13.3 1.6 2.0
Rural 100.0 77.7 10.2 8.1 1.5 2.5
Fringe 100.0 74.4 11.7 10.2 2.4 1.4
Distant 100.0 82.5 9.0 5.7 0.6 2.1
Remote 100.0 78.5 7.7 6.2 0.6 7.0
NOTE: Enrollment counts exclude schools with no reported enrollment. Race/ethnicity information was not reported for 1,076,134 students. Race/ethnicity categories exclude persons of Hispanic origin unless otherwise specified. Rural areas are located outside any urbanized area and 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 or more than 10 miles from an urban cluster. For more details on Census-defined areas, see http://www.census.gov/geo/www/ua/ua_2k.html. 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," 200304.
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