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State Rankings features comprehensive state statistics across key measures in education, health, crime, transportation, taxes, government finance, and so much more. The editors compile useful statistics that otherwise take an enormous amount of time to research, making it a favorite resource on reference shelves throughout the United States and around the world. Overall state rankings are provided as well as a complete list of all sources used to compile the tables. The rankings have been updated using specific methodology explained in the introduction with the most current available data at publication. Explanatory notes on the source and data are also included to provide context to each statistical table. State Rankings compares every state and Washington, D.C. in the following areas:  • Agriculture  • Population  • Economy  • Environment  • Government finance  • Crime  • Education  • Geography  • Social welfare  • Defense

Education
Education
Estimated Percent of School-Age Population in Public Schools in 2018
National Percent = 94.6%*

ALPHA ORDER

RANK ORDER

RANK

STATE

PERCENT

RANK

STATE

PERCENT

28

Alabama

93.2

1

Vermont

102.0

2

Alaska

101.7

2

Alaska

101.7

33

Arizona

92.1

3

West Virginia

101.3

10

Arkansas

96.7

4

Texas

100.5

12

California

96.3

5

Oklahoma

99.9

7

Colorado

98.1

6

Utah

98.4

13

Connecticut

96.2

7

Colorado

98.1

38

Delaware

91.6

7

New Jersey

98.1

36

Florida

91.8

9

Maine

97.0

17

Georgia

95.7

10

Arkansas

96.7

50

Hawaii

83.8

11

Nevada

96.6

42

Idaho

91.1

12

California

96.3

18

Illinois

95.6

13

Connecticut

96.2

37

Indiana

91.7

13

Kansas

96.2

15

Iowa

96.1

15

Iowa

96.1

13

Kansas

96.2

16

Massachusetts

95.8

30

Kentucky

92.9

17

Georgia

95.7

44

Louisiana

90.6

18

Illinois

95.6

9

Maine

97.0

18

South Carolina

95.6

38

Maryland

91.6

20

Wyoming

95.3

16

Massachusetts

95.8

21

Michigan

95.2

21

Michigan

95.2

22

Oregon

95.1

26

Minnesota

93.4

23

Virginia

95.0

34

Mississippi

91.9

24

Rhode Island

94.8

41

Missouri

91.2

25

Nebraska

94.2

47

Montana

89.6

26

Minnesota

93.4

25

Nebraska

94.2

26

New Mexico

93.4

11

Nevada

96.6

28

Alabama

93.2

32

New Hampshire

92.4

29

New York

93.1

7

New Jersey

98.1

30

Kentucky

92.9

26

New Mexico

93.4

31

Washington

92.5

29

New York

93.1

32

New Hampshire

92.4

34

North Carolina

91.9

33

Arizona

92.1

45

North Dakota

90.3

34

Mississippi

91.9

46

Ohio

89.8

34

North Carolina

91.9

5

Oklahoma

99.9

36

Florida

91.8

22

Oregon

95.1

37

Indiana

91.7

48

Pennsylvania

88.7

38

Delaware

91.6

24

Rhode Island

94.8

38

Maryland

91.6

18

South Carolina

95.6

40

Wisconsin

91.4

49

South Dakota

88.6

41

Missouri

91.2

42

Tennessee

91.1

42

Idaho

91.1

4

Texas

100.5

42

Tennessee

91.1

6

Utah

98.4

44

Louisiana

90.6

1

Vermont

102.0

45

North Dakota

90.3

23

Virginia

95.0

46

Ohio

89.8

31

Washington

92.5

47

Montana

89.6

3

West Virginia

101.3

48

Pennsylvania

88.7

40

Wisconsin

91.4

49

South Dakota

88.6

20

Wyoming

95.3

50

Hawaii

83.8

District of Columbia

106.6

Source: CQ Press using data from U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics “ElSi Table Generator” (https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/elsi/)

*Estimate based on 2018 Census population estimates for five to seventeen-year-olds compared to estimated 2017-2018 school year public school student membership. Student membership figures include counts for pre-kindergarten programs. Figures higher than 100 percent reflect using different sources for population and for student membership.

Regular Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts in 2017
National Total = 13,598 Districts*

ALPHA ORDER

RANK ORDER

RANK

STATE

DISTRICTS

% of USA

RANK

STATE

DISTRICTS

% of USA

34

Alabama

134

1.0%

1

California

1,057

7.8%

43

Alaska

53

0.4%

2

Texas

1,025

7.5%

23

Arizona

226

1.7%

3

Illinois

854

6.3%

22

Arkansas

234

1.7%

4

New York

689

5.1%

1

California

1,057

7.8%

5

Ohio

620

4.6%

27

Colorado

178

1.3%

6

New Jersey

565

4.2%

30

Connecticut

169

1.2%

7

Michigan

540

4.0%

48

Delaware

19

0.1%

8

Missouri

518

3.8%

41

Florida

67

0.5%

9

Oklahoma

513

3.8%

24

Georgia

180

1.3%

10

Pennsylvania

500

3.7%

50

Hawaii

1

0.0%

11

Wisconsin

421

3.1%

36

Idaho

115

0.8%

12

Montana

401

2.9%

3

Illinois

854

6.3%

13

Iowa

333

2.4%

18

Indiana

294

2.2%

14

Minnesota

332

2.4%

13

Iowa

333

2.4%

15

Massachusetts

326

2.4%

16

Kansas

307

2.3%

16

Kansas

307

2.3%

29

Kentucky

173

1.3%

17

Washington

299

2.2%

40

Louisiana

69

0.5%

18

Indiana

294

2.2%

20

Maine

249

1.8%

19

Vermont

278

2.0%

47

Maryland

24

0.2%

20

Maine

249

1.8%

15

Massachusetts

326

2.4%

21

Nebraska

245

1.8%

7

Michigan

540

4.0%

22

Arkansas

234

1.7%

14

Minnesota

332

2.4%

23

Arizona

226

1.7%

33

Mississippi

144

1.1%

24

Georgia

180

1.3%

8

Missouri

518

3.8%

24

New Hampshire

180

1.3%

12

Montana

401

2.9%

26

Oregon

179

1.3%

21

Nebraska

245

1.8%

27

Colorado

178

1.3%

49

Nevada

18

0.1%

27

North Dakota

178

1.3%

24

New Hampshire

180

1.3%

29

Kentucky

173

1.3%

6

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