Facts and Figures About States With the Largest Number of Rural Students

Last Updated: February 25, 2010

This article appeared in the February 2010 Rural Policy Matters

Question: Which state enrolls the largest number of students in rural districts?

Answer: North Carolina. With 677,000 students in rural districts, North Carolina enrolls more students in rural districts than any other state. Following North Carolina is Texas with 560,380 students in rural districts. Georgia (525,500), Ohio (449,700), and Virginia (376,900) round out the top five states for total number of students enrolled in rural districts. (Why Rural Matters, 2009)

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