Facts and Figures: How Many Children Attend America's Poorest 10% of Rural Schools?

Last Updated: December 17, 2013

This article appeared in the December 2013 Rural Policy Matters.

Question: How many children attend America’s poorest 10% of rural schools?

Answer: 1.3 million students attend the 900 poorest rural and small town schools. That's as many as attend school in Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Boston, Atlanta, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Minneapolis, and Indianapolis combined.

For more information on the “Rural 900” see www.ruraledu.org/articles.php?id=2279

Click here to see a map of the Rural 900: www.ruraledu.org/articles.php?id=2338

Read more from the December 2013
Rural Policy Matters.