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Table 3. Percentage distribution of public school principals by age category, average and median age of principals, and percentage distribution of principals, by sex and state: 2007–08

Less than 45 years 45-54 years 55 years or more Average age of principals Median age of principals Sex
State           Male   Female
United States  33.9   34.5   31.6   49   49   49.7   50.3  
                             
Alabama  38.3   33.5   28.2   47   47   41.7   58.3  
Alaska  32.2   42.6   25.3   48   49   58.9   41.1  
Arizona  32.8   35.5   31.7   49   49   41.9   58.1  
Arkansas  29.7   42.6   27.7   49   49   56.6   43.4  
California  24.3   33.8   41.8   51   52   46.6   53.4  
                             
Colorado  42.0   33.3   24.7   47   46   43.6   56.4  
Connecticut  22.7   26.7   50.6   52   54   47.9   52.1  
Delaware  47.7   29.8   22.5   47   46   44.3   55.7  
District of Columbia  29.4   22.0   48.6   52   54   25.2   74.8  
Florida  20.1   38.3   41.6   52   52   32.6   67.4  
                             
Georgia  32.0   34.9   33.1   49   50   44.4   55.6  
Hawaii    26.0 ! 56.4   54   56   41.7   58.3  
Idaho  29.5   36.6   33.9   49   49   65.0   35.0  
Illinois  35.2   36.2   28.6   48   49   45.0   55.0  
Indiana  34.1   33.4   32.6   48   49   57.2   42.8  
                             
Iowa  50.9   31.8   17.3 ! 45   44   63.2   36.8  
Kansas  26.0   40.6   33.4 ! 50   50   55.0   45.0  
Kentucky  39.7   38.6   21.6   47   46   49.8   50.2  
Louisiana  25.3   42.3   32.4   50   51   40.4   59.6  
Maine  22.5   26.9   50.6   52   54   48.4   51.6  
                             
Maryland  31.2   35.7   33.1   51   52   41.5   58.5  
Massachusetts  28.0   38.7   33.3   50   51   51.1   48.9  
Michigan  45.3   32.4   22.3   47   45   56.5   43.5  
Minnesota  35.3   32.9   31.8   49   50   61.0   39.0  
Mississippi  42.6   28.7   28.7   47   47   53.1   46.9  
                             
Missouri  50.6   30.7   18.7   45   44   46.2   53.8  
Montana  30.0   32.2   37.8   50   50   67.4   32.6  
Nebraska  39.5   29.0   31.6   48   48   63.9   36.1  
Nevada  33.2   28.2   38.6   50   51   50.1   49.9  
New Hampshire  24.2 ! 36.1   39.7   51   52   58.5   41.5  
                             
New Jersey  29.9   28.2   41.9   50   52   49.9   50.1  
New Mexico  29.0   34.7   36.3   50   50   46.1   53.9  
New York  35.4   35.3   29.3   48   49   47.4   52.6  
North Carolina  41.9   35.1   23.0   47   47   40.8   59.2  
North Dakota  39.7   34.8   25.5   47   48   69.1   30.9  
                             
Ohio  34.3   36.5   29.3   49   48   55.0   45.0  
Oklahoma  33.0   37.1   29.9   49   49   53.1   46.9  
Oregon  22.4   53.3   24.2   49   50   47.4   52.6  
Pennsylvania  39.2   33.7   27.1   48   48   58.4   41.6  
Rhode Island  22.1   31.8   46.1   52   54   51.6   48.4  
                             
South Carolina  29.7   39.6   30.8   50   50   55.4   44.6  
South Dakota  36.5   32.8   30.7   48   49   57.0   43.0  
Tennessee  24.8   29.0   46.2   51   53   42.4   57.6  
Texas  41.5   32.8   25.7   47   47   46.8   53.2  
Utah  26.3   38.4   35.2   50   50   60.4   39.6  
                             
Vermont  27.3   31.1   41.7   51   52   49.8   50.2  
Virginia  45.0   34.4   20.7   46   47   45.3   54.7  
Washington  33.4   32.3   34.3   50   50   55.8   44.2  
West Virginia  26.3   29.6   44.1   50   53   61.5   38.5  
Wisconsin  33.0   37.7   29.3   48   48   63.1   36.9  
Wyoming  30.2   37.1   32.7   50   49   69.7   30.3  
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
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 Principal Data File," 2007–08.


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