Facts and Figures: States With Higher Percentages of Minority Rural Students

Last Updated: September 25, 2012

This article appeared in the September 2012 Rural Policy Matters.

Question: Nationally, more than one-quarter of all rural students are classified as minorities according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Minority students exceed this average in 18 states. Which states are they?

Answer: At 82.6%, New Mexico has the highest percentage of rural minority students. New Mexico is followed by Alaska (71.7%), Arizona (55.5%), California (55.3%), Louisiana (45.4%), Texas (43.9%), Florida (42.1%), Mississippi (40.6%), South Carolina (40.5%), North Carolina (40.5%), Oklahoma (37.6%), Georgia (36.9%), Delaware (36.1%), Colorado (30.0), Nevada (29.9%), Washington (29.0), Alabama (28.1%), and Virginia (26.5%).

(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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