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Table 175. Students transported at public expense and current expenditures for transportation: Selected years, 192930 through 200506
School year Average daily attendance, all students Students transported
at public expense
Expenditures for transportation
(in unadjusted dollars)
Expenditures for transportation
(in constant 2006–07 dollars) 1 
Number Percent
of total
Total 2  
 (in thousands)
Average
per student transported
Total 2  
 (in thousands)
Average
per student transported
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1929–30 21,265,000 1,902,826   8.9 $54,823   $29   $653,821   $344  
1931–32 22,245,000 2,419,173   10.9 58,078   24   822,357   340  
1933–34 22,458,000 2,794,724   12.4 53,908   19   831,043   297  
1935–36 22,299,000 3,250,658   14.6 62,653   19   930,713   286  
1937–38 22,298,000 3,769,242   16.9 75,637   20   1,077,863   286  
                         
1939–40 22,042,000 4,144,161   18.8 83,283   20   1,216,546   294  
1941–42 21,031,000 4,503,081   21.4 92,922   21   1,216,580   270  
1943–44 19,603,000 4,512,412   23.0 107,754   24   1,262,364   280  
1945–46 19,849,000 5,056,966   25.5 129,756   26   1,452,041   287  
1947–48 20,910,000 5,854,041   28.0 176,265   30   1,544,308   264  
                         
1949–50 22,284,000 6,947,384   31.2 214,504   31   1,848,939   266  
1951–52 23,257,000 7,697,130   33.1 268,827   35   2,087,958   271  
1953–54 25,643,871 8,411,719   32.8 307,437   37   2,333,764   277  
1955–56 27,740,149 9,695,819   35.0 353,972   37   2,687,912   277  
1957–58 29,722,275 10,861,689   36.5 416,491   38   2,977,157   274  
                         
1959–60 32,477,440 12,225,142   37.6 486,338   40   3,378,827   276  
1961–62 34,682,340 13,222,667   38.1 576,361   44   3,914,338   296  
1963–64 37,405,058 14,475,778   38.7 673,845   47   4,460,066   308  
1965–66 39,154,497 15,536,567   39.7 787,358   51   5,037,285   324  
1967–68 40,827,965 17,130,873   42.0 981,006   57   5,888,632   344  
                         
1969–70 41,934,376 18,198,577   43.4 1,218,557   67   6,585,143   362  
1971–72 42,254,272 19,474,355   46.1 1,507,830   77   7,480,083   384  
1973–74 41,438,054 21,347,039   51.5 1,858,141   87   8,135,489   381  
1975–76 41,269,720 21,772,483   52.8 2,377,313   109   8,750,765   402  
1977–78 40,079,590 21,800,000  3  54.4 2,731,041   125  3  8,901,206   408  3
                         
1979–80 38,288,911 21,713,515   56.7 3,833,145   177   10,079,355   464  
1980–81 37,703,744 22,272,000  3  59.1 4,408,000  3  198  3  10,387,767  3 466  3
1981–82 37,094,652 22,246,000  3  60.0 4,793,000  3  215  3  10,396,921  3 467  3
1982–83 36,635,868 22,199,000  3  60.6 5,000,000  3  225  3  10,399,287  3 468  3
1983–84 36,362,978 22,031,000  3  60.6 5,284,000  3  240  3  10,597,695  3 481  3
                         
1984–85 36,404,261 22,320,000  3  61.3 5,722,000  3  256  3  11,043,876  3 495  3
1985–86 36,523,103 22,041,000  3  60.3 6,123,000  3  278  3  11,486,597  3 521  3
1986–87 36,863,867 22,397,000  3  60.8 6,551,000  3  292  3  12,022,584  3 537  3
1987–88 37,050,707 22,158,000  3  59.8 6,888,000  3  311  3  12,138,107  3 548  3
1988–89 37,268,072 22,635,000  3  60.7 7,550,000  3  334  3  12,717,357  3 562  3
                         
1989–90 37,799,296 22,459,000  3  59.4 8,030,990  3  358  3  12,911,441  3  575  3
1990–91 38,426,543 22,000,000  3  57.3 8,678,954  3  394  3  13,229,869  3  601  3
1991–92 38,960,783 23,165,000  3  59.5 8,769,754  3  379  3  12,953,230  3  559  3
1992–93 39,570,462 23,439,000  3  59.2 9,252,300  3  395  3  13,252,033  3  565  3
1993–94 40,146,393 23,858,000  3  59.4 9,627,155  3  404  3  13,440,764  3  563  3
                         
1994–95 40,720,763 23,693,000  3  58.2 9,889,034  3  417  3  13,421,677  3  566  3
1995–96 41,501,596 24,155,000  3  58.2 10,396,426  3  430  3  13,736,605  3  569  3
1996–97 42,262,004 24,090,000  3  57.0 10,989,809  3  456  3  14,117,839  3  586  3
1997–98 42,765,774 24,342,000  3  56.9 11,465,658  3  471  3  14,471,050  3  594  3
1998–99 43,186,715 24,898,000  3  57.7 12,224,454  3  491  3  15,166,193  3  609  3
                         
1999–2000 43,806,726 24,951,000  3 57.0 13,007,625  3 521  3 15,685,033  3 629  3
2000–01 44,075,930 24,471,000  3 55.5 14,052,654  3 574  3 16,383,848  3 670  3
2001–02 44,604,592 24,529,000  4 55.0 14,799,365  4 603  4 16,954,256  4 691  4
2002–03 45,017,360 24,621,000  4 54.7 15,648,821  4 636  4 17,541,892  4 712  4
2003–04 45,325,731 25,059,000  4 55.3 16,348,784  4 652  4 17,934,183  4 716  4
                         
2004–05 45,625,458 25,223,000  4 55.3 17,459,659  4 692  4 18,593,263  4 737  4
2005–06 45,931,617 25,286,000  4 55.1 18,864,069  4 746  4 19,351,900  4 765  4
1 Constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index, prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, adjusted to a school-year basis.
2 Excludes capital outlay for years through 1979–80, and 1989–90 to the latest year. From 1980–81 to 1988–89 total transportation figures include capital outlay.
3 Estimate based on data appearing in January issues of School Bus Fleet.
4 Estimate based on data reported by School Transportation News.
NOTE: Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Statistics of State School Systems, 1929–30 through 1975–76; Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education, 1977–78 and 1979–80; Common Core of Data (CCD), "National Public Education Financial Survey," 1987–88 through 2005–06; Bobit Publishing Co., School Bus Fleet, "School Transportation: 2000–2001 School Year"; School Transportation News, "K–12 Enrollment/Transportation Data," 2001–02 through 2006–07; and unpublished data. (This table was prepared August 2008.)

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