Fact and Figures: 16 States With High Rural Student Populations

Last Updated: August 27, 2012

This article appeared in the August 2012 Rural Policy Matters.

Question: Rural students comprise more than 1/3 of all students in which 16 states?

Answer: Mississippi has a higher percentage of rural students than any other state (54.7%) and is followed by Vermont (54.6%), Maine (52.7%), North Carolina (47.2%), South Dakota (42.5%), South Carolina (40.0%), Alabama (39.7%), Tennessee (38.7%), North Dakota (38.6%), Kentucky (38.5%), West Virginia (37.6%), New Hampshire (35.8%), Arkansas (35.5%), Georgia (34.8%), Iowa (34.3%), and Montana (33.9%).

(Why Rural Matters, 2011–12. Data source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data, Public School Universe, 2008–09.)


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