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Status of Education in Rural America
NCES 2007-040
June 2007

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Table 2.4.

Percentage of 16- to 24-year-olds who were high school status dropouts, by poverty level and locale: 2004

Locale Total Below the poverty threshold 100185 percent of the poverty threshold Above 185 percent of the poverty threshold
Total 11.1 18.4 16.3 7.2
City 12.8 17.6 17.1 8.8
Suburban 9.0 18.4 14.9 6.0
Town 12.1 16.5 15.5 8.4
Rural 11.1 23.2 17.1 6.9
NOTE: The data presented here represent the status dropout rate, which is the percentage of civilian, noninstitutionalized 16- to 24-year-olds who are not in high school and who have not earned a high school credential (either a diploma or equivalency credential such as a GED). The status dropout rate includes all dropouts regardless of when they last attended school, as well as individuals who may have never attended school in the United States, such as immigrants who did not complete a high school diploma in their home country. For a comparison of poverty definitions and measures of educational attainment, see appendix B.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2004, previously unpublished data.