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Table B.1.a.-4 Number and percentage distribution of private elementary and secondary students, by type of school and urban-centric 12-category locale: 2011–12
Locale Elementary and secondary students  
Total   Catholic   Other religious   Non-sectarian  
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  Number
Total 5,268,090 (24,908)   2,087,870 (14,426)   1,991,950 (21,814)   1,188,270 (5,376)  
City 2,186,170 (14,689)   966,990 (14,322)   740,520 (1,602)   478,660 (2,558)  
Large 1,254,210 (2,961)   552,440 (522)   410,420 (1,601)   291,350 (2,092)  
Midsize 448,530 (34)   179,160 #   170,030 (34)   99,340 (1)  
Small 483,420 (14,388)   235,380 (14,312)   160,070 (72)   87,960 (1,472)  
Suburban 2,018,570 (6,493)   826,400 (3,857)   707,340 (2,728)   484,840 (3,400)  
Large 1,807,400 (6,973)   756,960 (3,855)   616,840 (2,727)   433,590 (2,674)  
Midsize 124,740 (1,060)   40,220 (142)   53,610 (11)   30,900 (1,051)  
Small 86,440 (2,073)   29,210 #   36,880 (29)   20,340 (2,073)  
Town 358,600 (3,130)   177,140 (113)   141,060 (3,128)   40,400 (31)  
Fringe 47,650 (209)   22,930 #   19,110 (209)   5,610 #  
Distant 190,550 (31)   93,850 (0)   75,280 #   21,420 (31)  
Remote 120,400 (3,123)   60,360 (113)   46,670 (3,121)   13,370 #  
Rural 704,750 (19,874)   117,350 #   403,030 (21,029)   184,370 (3,228)  
Fringe 515,880 (18,276)   86,540 #   290,350 (17,988)   139,000 (3,228)  
Distant 145,380 (9,720)   21,770 #   89,620 (9,720)   34,000 #  
Remote 43,480 (3,777)   9,050 #   23,060 (3,777)   11,370 #  
  Percentage distribution
Total 100.0 (†)   39.6 (0.25)   37.8 (0.28)   22.6 (0.15)  
City 100.0 (†)   44.2 (0.37)   33.9 (0.23)   21.9 (0.17)  
Large 100.0 (†)   44.0 (0.09)   32.7 (0.10)   23.2 (0.13)  
Midsize 100.0 (†)   39.9 #   37.9 #   22.1 #  
Small 100.0 (†)   48.7 (1.53)   33.1 (0.99)   18.2 (0.59)  
Suburban 100.0 (†)   40.9 (0.14)   35.0 (0.08)   24.0 (0.15)  
Large 100.0 (†)   41.9 (0.13)   34.1 (0.09)   24.0 (0.11)  
Midsize 100.0 (†)   32.2 (0.28)   43.0 (0.37)   24.8 (0.63)  
Small 100.0 (†)   33.8 (0.81)   42.7 (1.02)   23.5 (1.84)  
Town 100.0 (†)   49.4 (0.43)   39.3 (0.53)   11.3 (0.10)  
Fringe 100.0 (†)   48.1 (0.21)   40.1 (0.26)   11.8 (0.05)  
Distant 100.0 (†)   49.3 (0.01)   39.5 (0.01)   11.2 (0.01)  
Remote 100.0 (†)   50.1 (1.30)   38.8 (1.59)   11.1 (0.29)  
Rural 100.0 (†)   16.7 (0.47)   57.2 (1.41)   26.2 (0.98)  
Fringe 100.0 (†)   16.8 (0.60)   56.3 (1.57)   26.9 (1.05)  
Distant 100.0 (†)   15.0 (1.00)   61.6 (2.57)   23.4 (1.57)  
Remote 100.0 (†)   20.8 (1.84)   53.0 (4.14)   26.2 (2.31)  
# Rounds to zero
† Not applicable.
NOTE: Elementary enrollment includes prekindergarten students. 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.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 2011–12.
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