Facts and Figures About States Where Rural Enrollment Doubled in the Past Decade

Last Updated: February 22, 2012

This article appeared in the February 2012 Rural Policy Matters.

Question: In which eight states did rural enrollment more than double from 1999–2000 through 2008–2009?

Answer: Arizona, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, New Mexico, and Florida. Nationwide, rural school district enrollment grew by over 22 percent from 1999–2000 through 2008–2009. This compares with a 1.7% enrollment increase among all non-rural districts.

(Why Rural Matters 2011–12. Data source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data, Public School Universe, 1999–2000 and 2008–09.)

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