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August 2016 Update. This section has been updated using 2015-16 school district boundaries. See the updated section at

The largest school districts in the U.S. are in Alaska. The largest 12 districts, whether based on land area only or combined land and water area, are in Alaska. The largest district, North Slope Borough, AK, is almost 95,000 square miles when water area is included and 88,700 square miles when geographic size is based on land area only. This district would be almost 310 by 310 miles structured as a square.

The geographic size has been computed for approximately 14,000 school districts based on boundaries reported for the 2007-08 school year. The area measurements are in square meters and then converted to square miles.

Use the interactive ranking table presented below to rank school district geographic size based on land area, water area or combined land and water area. So that all areas in the U.S. are included (wall to wall geographic coverage) some area names appear as 'school district not defined.' In these few instances, with only one not a water area, the state reported that no school district offered public education for the corresponding geographic area.

School District by Geographic Size Interactive Ranking Table ... rank by column
  Click column header to sort; click again to sort other direction. See demographic-economic ranking tables.

  • Click on a column header to sort on that column; click column header again to sort in other direction.
  • Click ShowAll button to show all areas and restore full set of data view.
  • Click State to view districts in a selected state (click ShowAll between selections).
  • Find by Name: key in partial area name in text box to right of Find-in-Name button
      then click button to locate all matches (case sensitive).
  • See related ranking tables.

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