Skip Navigation
small NCES header image

Table 3. Percentage distribution of K–12 students in public schools, by sex, race/ethnicity, and state: 2011–12


  Sex   Race/ethnicity  
State Male   Female   Hispanic, regardless of race   White, non-Hispanic   Black, non-Hispanic   Asian, non-Hispanic   Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic   American Indian/ Alaska Native, non-Hispanic   Two or more races, non-Hispanic  
United States 50.1 49.9 22.3 54.4 14.9 4.5 0.5 1.3 2.2
                                     
Alabama 50.1 49.9 5.0 60.0 32.8 1.1 0.1 0.4 0.7
Alaska 51.6 48.4 3.1 56.0 1.2 3.1 1.0 30.7 4.8 !
Arizona 50.5 49.5 39.1 45.1 5.5 3.3 0.5 5.1 1.4
Arkansas 49.9 50.1 11.2 60.4 25.0 1.6 0.4 ! 0.7 0.8 !
California 50.1 49.9 48.4 30.2 5.8 10.7 1.0 0.8 3.1
                                     
Colorado 50.4 49.6 30.8 57.9 4.9 2.8 0.4 0.9 2.3
Connecticut 49.9 50.1 13.2 66.2 11.8 4.9 0.2 ! 0.4
Delaware 50.0 50.0 11.0 51.0 32.7 3.2 0.1 0.5 1.3
District of Columbia
Florida 49.6 50.4 28.5 43.5 22.5 2.4 0.1 0.4 2.5
                                     
Georgia 49.5 50.5 10.9 49.5 32.8 3.4 0.2 ! 0.2 3.1
Hawaii 52.4 47.6 8.0 ! 15.2 1.8 28.9 39.4 0.7 ! 6.1 !
Idaho 51.4 48.6 20.9 74.0 1.1 1.2 0.4 1.2 1.1
Illinois 50.0 50.0 22.0 53.0 17.0 5.0 0.2 0.5 ! 2.3
Indiana 51.2 48.8 8.0 73.0 13.0 1.7 # 0.4 3.9
                                     
Iowa 50.9 49.1 5.9 86.7 3.8 1.6 0.2 0.5 1.3
Kansas 49.8 50.2 17.5 71.1 5.6 2.3 0.2 1.4 2.0
Kentucky 50.7 49.3 5.4 78.6 11.8 1.2 0.1 0.1 2.8 !
Louisiana 50.0 50.0 4.6 48.1 42.8 1.7 0.1 ! 0.8 2.0 !
Maine 51.5 48.5 1.6 92.1 2.9 1.5 0.1 ! 0.6 1.2
                                     
Maryland
Massachusetts 50.9 49.1 14.0 70.6 7.8 5.2 0.1 0.4 1.9
Michigan 50.2 49.8 4.3 73.5 16.8 2.5 0.1 1.0 1.8
Minnesota 51.4 48.6 7.3 71.3 10.3 6.9 0.3 ! 3.1 0.8
Mississippi 48.8 51.2 3.1 46.2 49.2 0.8 #   0.2 !
                                     
Missouri 50.9 49.1 3.7 77.1 15.6 1.9 0.2 0.4 1.0
Montana 51.4 48.6 3.0 82.4 1.2 0.9 0.2 11.5 0.7 !
Nebraska 52.2 47.8 11.9 80.1 2.9 2.0 0.2 ! 0.9 2.0
Nevada 48.9 51.1 41.7 36.3 9.6 5.3 1.2 1.4 4.5
New Hampshire 49.9 50.1 2.7 92.2 1.6 2.2 0.3 0.7
                                     
New Jersey 49.4 50.6 23.9 51.9 15.3 7.8 0.2 0.1 0.7
New Mexico 46.9 53.1 63.0 23.9 1.6 1.0 ! 10.3 0.1 !
New York 49.0 51.0 21.4 49.5 17.3 8.8 0.4 ! 1.1 ! 1.5
North Carolina 51.1 48.9 12.6 57.0 23.8 1.4 0.2 1.8 ! 3.3
North Dakota 50.0 50.0 2.7 81.8 3.9 ! 1.3 0.2 10.0 0.1 !
                                     
Ohio 50.7 49.3 3.6 73.9 17.0 1.7 0.1 0.2 ! 3.6
Oklahoma 49.6 50.4 11.5 54.8 9.5 2.2 0.2 18.5 3.3
Oregon 50.7 49.3 19.6 64.3 3.9 5.2 0.8 2.7 3.5
Pennsylvania 50.8 49.2 8.4 73.1 11.7 4.4 0.3 ! 0.1 2.0
Rhode Island 50.8 49.2 16.4 69.0 9.8 2.4 0.3 0.8 1.3
                                     
South Carolina 49.9 50.1 5.6 55.4 34.1 1.8 0.1 0.5 ! 2.5
South Dakota 51.0 49.0 3.1 80.1 2.8 1.5 0.1 11.6 0.8
Tennessee 49.8 50.2 7.7 69.5 19.8 1.9 0.1 0.2 0.9
Texas 50.4 49.6 49.1 33.1 12.8 3.0 0.2 0.5 1.4
Utah 49.4 50.6 11.2 83.1 1.4 1.6 1.5 0.8 0.4
                                     
Vermont 53.5 46.5 1.3 93.3 2.1 1.4 0.1 0.5 ! 1.2
Virginia 50.2 49.8 10.0 59.4 23.4 3.7 0.1 0.3 3.0
Washington 49.6 50.4 18.6 61.5 5.4 7.0 1.1 2.5 3.9
West Virginia 49.9 50.1 1.5 90.9 6.1 0.6 # ! 0.1 0.8
Wisconsin 49.8 50.2 7.4 80.6 5.7 3.2 1.7 0.9
Wyoming 51.5 48.5 11.6 83.0 1.7 0.9 0.2 1.6 1.0 !
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 percent and 50 percent (i.e., the standard error is at least 30 percent and less than 50 percent of the estimate).
‡ Reporting standards not met. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 50 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error is 50 percent or more of the estimate) or the response rate is below 50 percent.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding and because some data are not shown.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Data File," 2011–12.


Would you like to help us improve our products and website by taking a short survey?

YES, I would like to take the survey

or

No Thanks

The survey consists of a few short questions and takes less than one minute to complete.