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Table B.1.e.-2 Number and percentage distribution of public elementary and secondary school students, by percentage of students in school eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, race/ethnicity, and school locale: School year 200809
Percentage of students in school eligible for free or reduced–price lunch
Locale Total 10 percent or less 11–25 percent 26–50 percent 51–75 percent More than 75 percent
Number of students
Total  48,168,458 5,522,168 8,437,885 14,313,707 11,430,969 8,463,729
City  14,064,506 976,231 1,438,989 2,994,438 3,741,123 4,913,725
Large  7,260,495 378,377 526,210 1,116,056 1,956,345 3,283,507
Midsize  3,099,971 261,982 335,215 732,619 824,987 945,168
Small  3,704,040 335,872 577,564 1,145,763 959,791 685,050
Suburban  16,790,076 3,239,486 4,036,120 4,569,496 3,018,973 1,926,001
Large  14,208,655 2,974,943 3,439,878 3,620,623 2,466,511 1,706,700
Midsize  1,570,354 196,297 366,091 553,567 318,820 135,579
Small  1,011,067 68,246 230,151 395,306 233,642 83,722
Town  5,913,733 180,581 759,483 2,409,294 1,842,862 721,513
Fringe  2,040,452 119,736 457,910 819,953 464,629 178,224
Distant  2,296,037 31,831 175,241 944,924 824,070 319,971
Remote  1,577,244 29,014 126,332 644,417 554,163 223,318
Rural  11,400,143 1,125,870 2,203,293 4,340,479 2,828,011 902,490
Fringe  6,740,516 978,734 1,639,152 2,358,611 1,341,873 422,146
Distant  3,476,559 130,816 499,932 1,511,039 1,041,207 293,565
Remote  1,183,068 16,320 64,209 470,829 444,931 186,779
  Percentage distribution
Total  100.0 11.5 17.5 29.7 23.7 17.6
City  100.0 6.9 10.2 21.3 26.6 34.9
Large  100.0 5.2 7.2 15.4 26.9 45.2
Midsize  100.0 8.5 10.8 23.6 26.6 30.5
Small  100.0 9.1 15.6 30.9 25.9 18.5
Suburban  100.0 19.3 24.0 27.2 18.0 11.5
Large  100.0 20.9 24.2 25.5 17.4 12.0
Midsize  100.0 12.5 23.3 35.3 20.3 8.6
Small  100.0 6.7 22.8 39.1 23.1 8.3
Town  100.0 3.1 12.8 40.7 31.2 12.2
Fringe  100.0 5.9 22.4 40.2 22.8 8.7
Distant  100.0 1.4 7.6 41.2 35.9 13.9
Remote  100.0 1.8 8.0 40.9 35.1 14.2
Rural  100.0 9.9 19.3 38.1 24.8 7.9
Fringe  100.0 14.5 24.3 35.0 19.9 6.3
Distant  100.0 3.8 14.4 43.5 29.9 8.4
Remote  100.0 1.4 5.4 39.8 37.6 15.8
NOTE: Free or reduced-price lunch is provided by the National School Lunch Program a federally assisted meal program. To be eligible, a student must be from a household with an income at or below 130 percent of the poverty threshold for free lunch or between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty threshold for reduced-price lunch. In total, 2,517 public schools with student enrollment did not report information on the number of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Therefore, this information is missing for 885,328 students and these students are not included in this table. For more details on urban-centric locale categories, see http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/ruraled/definitions.asp. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding and missing data.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey" 2008–09 (version 1b).
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