Number and percentage distribution of public school districts, by selected public school district characteristics: 2011–12

       
Selected public school
district characteristic
Number of public school districts   Percentage distribution
of public school districts
All public school districts 16,990 100.0
   
District size
1 school 5,710 33.6
2-3 schools 4,310 25.4
4-5 schools 2,690 15.9
6-9 schools 2,310 13.6
10-19 schools 1,220 7.2
20 or more schools 740 4.3
   
Community type 
City  2,540 15.0
Suburban  3,310 19.5
Town  2,840 16.7
Rural  8,300 48.9
   
District K-12 enrollment
Less than 250 3,430 20.2
250-999   5,820 34.3
1,000-1,999 2,900 17.0
2,000-4,999 2,860 16.9
5,000-9,999 1,080 6.4
10,000 or more 890 5.2
       
Percent of K-12 students in district who were approved for
free or reduced-price lunches
     
0-34  4,180 24.6
35-49  3,660 21.5
50-74  4,850 28.5
75 or more  3,060 18.0
District did not participate in free or reduced-price lunch program 1,230 7.3
       
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," 2011–12.