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Table 2. Average and median age of public school principals, and percentage distribution of principals, by age category, sex, and state: 2011–12


      Percent of principals by  
          Age   Sex  
State Average age of principals   Median age of principals   Less than 45 years   45–54 years   55 years or more   Male   Female  
United States 48   47   39.7   33.1   27.1   48.4   51.6  
                             
Alabama 50   50   28.1   36.3   35.5   57.9   42.1  
Alaska 47   46   37.4   40.2 ! 22.4 ! 63.9   36.1 !
Arizona 48   49   35.6   37.7   26.8   48.5   51.5  
Arkansas 49   48   35.1   38.5   26.4   45.0   55.0  
California 48   48   41.7   33.9   24.3   42.8   57.2  
                             
Colorado 48   48   31.3   48.6   20.1   51.5   48.5  
Connecticut 50   49   40.3   18.6   41.1   58.7   41.3  
Delaware 49   47   39.2   21.6   39.2   52.4   47.6  
District of Columbia              
Florida 51   52   30.6   26.2   43.2   37.8   62.2  
                             
Georgia 49   49   32.7   42.1   25.2   42.1   57.9  
Hawaii 52   53       59.8 ! 24.4 ! 75.6  
Idaho 48   46   33.4   40.2   26.4   55.6   44.4  
Illinois 45   44   49.0   34.4   16.6   56.9   43.1  
Indiana 47   46   42.9   28.7   28.4   59.5   40.5  
                             
Iowa 47   47   40.0   42.8   17.2   64.7   35.3  
Kansas 47   47   40.3   36.8   22.9   70.3   29.7  
Kentucky 47   46   42.7   36.6   20.7   57.2   42.8  
Louisiana 51   50   29.2   33.9   36.9   49.3   50.7  
Maine 50   51   29.3   30.2   40.5   46.6   53.4  
                             
Maryland              
Massachusetts 49   50   38.1   26.8   35.1   42.1   57.9  
Michigan 48   46   41.0   31.4   27.6   53.4   46.6  
Minnesota 49   48   31.3   42.9   25.7   52.6   47.4  
Mississippi 46   45   49.7   30.0   20.3   47.7   52.3  
                             
Missouri 45   43   53.3   33.8   12.9   46.2   53.8  
Montana 49   50   25.7   47.0   27.2   61.7   38.3  
Nebraska 49   49   40.1   30.3   29.6   58.8   41.2  
Nevada 48   45   46.8   25.8   27.4   45.5   54.5  
New Hampshire 51   52   26.0   45.2   28.8   57.3   42.7  
                             
New Jersey 49   48   40.1   21.0   38.9   52.2   47.8  
New Mexico 52   53   23.8   27.2 ! 49.0   42.4   57.6  
New York 49   48   32.5   36.0   31.5   44.4   55.6  
North Carolina 47   46   41.6   35.0   23.4   43.8   56.2  
North Dakota 47   47   40.1   28.2   31.7   62.5   37.5  
                             
Ohio 47   46   46.0   24.9   29.1   56.0   44.0  
Oklahoma 46   44   48.9   33.6   17.5   55.1   44.9  
Oregon 48   46   37.7   43.0   19.4   54.0   46.0  
Pennsylvania 46   43   53.3   29.0   17.7   61.1   38.9  
Rhode Island 51   51   27.4   37.1   35.5   50.7   49.3  
                             
South Carolina 48   45   44.7   27.8   27.4   45.9   54.1  
South Dakota 47   46   44.0   37.6   18.4   67.2   32.8  
Tennessee 49   49   36.6   27.8   35.5   35.0   65.0  
Texas 47   46   43.8   36.4   19.8   36.6   63.4  
Utah 50   50   32.0   35.8   32.2   57.7   42.3  
                             
Vermont 51   52   29.2   28.9   41.8   47.7   52.3  
Virginia 50   48   35.0   28.5   36.5   37.8   62.2  
Washington 50   49   31.4   39.4   29.2   48.7   51.3  
West Virginia 50   51   29.2   33.1   37.8   40.5   59.5  
Wisconsin 45   43   52.8   26.7   20.4   56.4   43.6  
Wyoming 49   50   38.3   33.5   28.1   61.1   38.9  
! 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 Principal Data File," 2011–12.


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