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

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Table 3.3.

Percentage distribution of public schools reporting being underenrolled, at capacity, or overenrolled, by school locale: Fall 2005


School locale Underenrolled1 Enrollment within 5 percent of capacity Overenrolled2
More than 25 percent 6–25 percent 6–25 percent More than 25 percent
Total 21.1 38.4 22.4 10.1 8.0
City 16.1 35.8 24.2 11.5 12.5!
Suburban 12.3 40.9 27.2 9.8 9.8
Town 18.0! 44.2 20.6 12.9! 4.3!
Rural 32.6 35.9 18.3 8.2! 5.0!
! Interpret data with caution.
1 "Underenrolled" indicates that the capacity of the permanent buildings and instructional space is greater than student enrollment by more than 5 percent.
2 "Overenrolled" indicates that the enrollment of the school is greater than the capacity of the permanent buildings and instructional space by more than 5 percent.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Response Survey System (FRSS), "Public School Principals’ Perceptions of Their School Facilities: Fall 2005,” FRSS 88, 2005.
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