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Characteristics of Public School Districts in the United States:
NCES 2009-320
June 2009


Table 1.    Number of public school districts, by selected public school district characteristics: 2007–08
 
Selected public school district characteristic
Number of public school districts
All public school districts  16,330
   
District size   
1 school  5,210
2-3 schools  4,250
4-5 schools  2,620
6-9 schools  2,270
10-19 schools  1,240
20 or more schools  750
   
Community type   
City  2,190
Suburban  3,480
Town  2,900
Rural  7,770
   
District K-12 enrollment   
Less than 250  3,360
250-999  5,270
1,000-1,999  2,710
2,000-4,999  3,050
5,000-9,999  1,080
10,000 or more  850
   
Percent of K-12 students in
  district who were approved for
  free or reduced-price lunches 
 
0-34  6,130
35-49  3,250
50-74  3,850
75 or more  1,750
District did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program 
1,360
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School District Data File," 2007–08.