Facts and Figures About Number of U.S. Students Attending Rural Schools

Last Updated: January 26, 2012

This article appeared in the January 2012 Rural Policy Matters.

Question: What percentage of U.S. students attend school in a rural district or a rural school in an urban district?

Answer: Nearly one-fourth (23%) of all U.S. students attend a rural school. In recent years, rural enrollment growth has outpaced growth in all other school locales.

(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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