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School Locations & Geoassignments

NCES relies on information about school location to help construct school-based surveys, support program administration, identify associations with other types of geographic entities, and to help investigate the social and spatial context of education. EDGE creates and assigns address geocodes (estimated latitude/latitude values) and other geographic indicators to public schools, public local education agencies, private schools, and postsecondary schools. The geographic data are provided as shapefiles, and basic attribute data are available as Excel and SAS tables.

icon of us map in pointsPublic Schools & School Districts

Geocodes for public schools and school district administrative offices are based on data reported in the NCES Common Core of Data (CCD), an annual collection of administrative data about enrollment, staffing, and program participation for schools, local education agencies (LEAs), and state education agencies (SEAs). SEAs report these data to the U.S. Department of Education in a series of file submissions throughout the year. Additional information about the CCD collection and data resources for public schools are available at https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/ccddata.asp.

Public School Documentation (504 KB)

icon of a schoolPrivate Schools

Geocodes for private schools are based on data collected by the NCES Private School Survey (PSS). The PSS is a biennial collection of private elementary and secondary schools that provides data related to enrollment, staffing, type of program, and other basic administrative features. Additional information about the PSS collection and data resources for private schools are available at https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/index.asp.

icon cap and diplomaPostsecondary Schools

Geocodes for postsecondary schools are based on data collected by the NCES Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), an annual survey of institutional characteristics about colleges and universities. Additional information about the IPEDS collection and data resources for postsecondary schools are available at https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/.

Postsecondary School Documentation (479 KB)

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Data

Public School File (27 MB)

Public School District File (6.39 MB)

Postsecondary School File (2.35 MB)

User Notes

  1. Geographic codes come from TIGER 2017
  2. The congressional district codes in TIGER 2017 represent the 115th Congress
  3. TIGER 2017 uses the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) updates to metropolitan and micropolitan delineations as of July 15, 2015
  4. The 2017-18 Private School Survey (PSS) data files include seven private schools that are not included in the EDGE Private School Location files. These seven cases became "survey eligible" after the school location files were completed. The PPINs for these cases are 00262259, 00299755, 00599908, A1101006, A1502929, A1592104, and A1771210.
Locale Description Locale Code Frequency Percent
City, Large 11 15,096 14.75
City, Midsize 12 6,015 5.88
City, Small 13 6,768 6.61
Suburban, Large 21 27,177 26.56
Suburban, Midsize 22 3,373 3.30
Suburban, Small 23 2,090 2.04
Town, Fringe 31 3,022 2.95
Town, Distant 32 6,366 6.22
Town, Remote 33 4,215 4.12
Rural, Fringe 41 11,302 11.04
Rural, Distant 42 10,401 10.16
Rural, Remote 43 6,512 6.36
Not applicable N - 0.00
Locale Description Locale Code Frequency Percent
City, Large 11 1,830 9.71
City, Midsize 12 575 3.05
City, Small 13 806 4.28
Suburban, Large 21 3,446 18.29
Suburban, Midsize 22 464 2.46
Suburban, Small 23 356 1.89
Town, Fringe 31 605 3.21
Town, Distant 32 1,450 7.70
Town, Remote 33 1,018 5.40
Rural, Fringe 41 2,179 11.56
Rural, Distant 42 3,425 18.18
Rural, Remote 43 2,688 14.27
Not applicable N - 0.00
Variable Label Not Applicable Missing Reported
NCESSCH School identification number - - 102,337
NAME Name of institution - - 102,337
OPSTFIPS FIPS state code for operating state - - 102,337
STREET Reported location street address - - 102,337
CITY Reported location city - - 102,337
STATE Reported location state - - 102,337
ZIP Reported location ZIP code - - 102,337
STFIP State FIPS - - 102,337
CNTY County FIPS - - 102,337
NMCNTY County name - - 102,337
LOCALE Locale code - - 102,337
LAT Latitude of school location - - 102,337
LON Longitude of school location - - 102,337
CBSA Core Based Statistical Area 11,693 - 90,644
NMCBSA Core Based Statistical Area name 11,693 - 90,644
CBSATYPE Metropolitan or Micropolitan Statistical Area indicator - - 102,337
CSA Combined Statistical Area 31,628 - 70,709
NMCSA Combined Statistical Area name 31,628 - 70,709
NECTA New England City and Town Area 98,150 - 4,187
NMNECTA New England City and Town Area name 98,150 - 4,187
CD 115th Congressional District - - 102,337
SLDL State Legislative District - Lower 1,441 - 100,896
SLDU State Legislative District - Upper 97 - 102,240
SCHOOLYEAR School year - - 102,337
Variable Label Not Applicable Missing Reported
LEAID Agency identification number - - 18,842
NAME Name of agency - - 18,842
OPSTFIPS FIPS state code for operating state - - 18,842
STREET Reported location street address - - 18,842
CITY Reported location city - - 18,842
STATE Reported location state - - 18,842
ZIP Reported location ZIP code - - 18,842
STFIP State FIPS - - 18,842
CNTY County FIPS - - 18,842
NMCNTY County name - - 18,842
LAT Latitude of agency office location - - 18,842
LON Longitude of agency office location - - 18,842
CBSA Core Based Statistical Area 4,063 - 14,779
NMCBSA Core Based Statistical Area name 4,063 - 14,779
CBSATYPE Metropolitan or Micropolitan Statistical Area indicator - - 18,842
CSA Combined Statistical Area 8,126 - 10,716
NMCSA Combined Statistical Area name 8,126 - 10,716
NECTA New England City and Town Area 17,777 - 1,065
NMNECTA New England City and Town Area name 17,777 - 1,065
CD 115th Congressional District - - 18,842
SLDL State Legislative District - Lower 358 - 18,484
SLDU State Legislative District - Upper 4 - 18,838
SCHOOLYEAR School year - - 18,842
LOCALE Locale assigned to district - - 18,842
LOC_OTHER Percentage of enrolled students attending schools in a locale other than the locale assigned to district 1,216 - 17,626
LOC_COUNT Number of locales assigned to schools operated by district 1,216 - 17,626
LOC_SCH List of locales assigned to schools operated by district 1,216 - 17,626
Locale Description Locale Code Frequency Percent
City, Large 11 1806 23.77
City, Midsize 12 903 11.88
City, Small 13 981 12.91
Suburban, Large 21 1993 26.23
Suburban, Midsize 22 213 2.80
Suburban, Small 23 155 2.04
Town, Fringe 31 140 1.84
Town, Distant 32 466 6.13
Town, Remote 33 355 4.67
Rural, Fringe 41 400 5.26
Rural, Distant 42 122 1.61
Rural, Remote 43 62 0.82
Not applicable N 3 0.04
Variable Label Not Applicable Missing Reported
UNITID School identification number - - 7,599
NAME Name of institution - - 7,599
STREET Reported street address - 11 7,588
CITY Reported city - - 7,599
STATE Reported state - - 7,599
ZIP Reported ZIP code - - 7,599
STFIP State FIPS 3 - 7,596
CNTY County FIPS 3 - 7,596
NMCNTY County name 3 - 7,596
LOCALE Locale code 3 - 7,596
LAT Latitude of school location - - 7,599
LON Longitude of school location - - 7,599
CBSA Core Based Statistical Area 317 - 7,282
NMCBSA Core Based Statistical Area name 317 - 7,282
CBSATYPE Metropolitan or Micropolitan Statistical Area indicator - - 7,599
CSA Combined Statistical Area 1,789 - 5,810
NMCSA Combined Statistical Area name 1,789 - 5,810
NECTA New England City and Town Area 7,210 - 389
NMNECTA New England City and Town Area name 7,210 - 389
CD 115th Congressional District 3 - 7,596
SLDL State Legislative District - Lower 86 - 7,513
SLDU State Legislative District - Upper 10 - 7,589
SCHOOLYEAR School year - - 7,599

Data

Public School File (30.3 MB)

Public District File (7.5 MB)

Postsecondary School File (2.75 MB)

User Notes

  1. Geographic codes come from TIGER 2016
  2. The congressional district codes in TIGER 2016 represent the 115th Congress
  3. TIGER 2016 uses the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) updates to metropolitan and micropolitan delineations as of February 28, 2013

Data

Public School File (31.1 MB)

Public District File (6.5 MB)

Private School File (8.34 MB)

Postsecondary School File (4 MB)

User Notes

  1. Geographic codes come from TIGER 2015
  2. The congressional district codes in TIGER 2015 represent the 114th Congress
  3. TIGER 2015 uses the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) updates to metropolitan and micropolitan delineations as of February 28, 2013