Facts and Figures About States That Have More Than Half Their Schools in Rural Communities

Last Updated: July 23, 2010

This article appeared in the July 2010 Rural Policy Matters.

Question: In which 15 states are more than 50% of schools located in rural communities?

Answer: South Dakota (76.9% of schools are located in rural communities); Montana (74.9%); North Dakota (72.1%); Vermont (71.3%); Maine (67.4%); Alaska (65.5%); Nebraska (59.6%); Wyoming (57.0%); Arkansas (54.2%); Iowa (54.2%); Oklahoma (52.5%); New Hampshire (51.9%); Alabama (51.6%); and West Virginia (51.4%).
(Source: Why Rural Matters, 2009, based on data from the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data, Public School Universe, 2006–07.)

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