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... all county interactive table
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School Districts 2015-16 Geographic Characteristics
-- geographic size and relation to counties & metros
August 2016. The 2015-16 largest school district in terms of geographic area is the North Slope Borough School District, AK. Covering more than 90,000 square miles, this district is larger than most entire states. Of the largest 20 districts, 18 are in Alaska. Nye County and Elko County school districts in Nevada round out the largest 20. Use the interactive table below to view, rank, compare, contrast geographic characteristics of each of the 13,326 districts as of January 1, 2016.
School district boundaries are updated every two years on a national level through a collaborative program involving state departments of education, the Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Education. The 2015-16 boundaries became available in August 2016, updating the 2013-14 boundaries that became available in mid-2014. Approximately half of the states experienced some boundary changes, generally the result of consolidation. Most states having boundary changes only a few districts were affected. The national 2015-16 school districts shapefile, developed by ProximityOne, integrates and augments the state-by-state shapefiles for use in mapping and geospatial analysis applications.
ProximityOne provides tools, data and services to clients and K-12 education stakeholders to use school district boundary files. Use the CV XE GIS software with ready-to-use GIS projects that knit together school district geography with other types of geography, schools, geocoded student data and demographic-economic characteristics to analyze patterns and trends.
School Districts are single-purpose administrative units within which local officials provide public educational services for the area's residents. School district boundaries, names, local education agency codes, grade ranges and school district levels are obtained biennially from state education agencies. The boundaries are developed for the primary purpose of providing the U.S. Department of Education with annual estimates of the number of children in poverty within each school district, county and state. These data serve as the basis for the Department of Education to determine the annual allocation of Title I funding to states and school districts.
Wide ranging demographic-economic data are tabulated by school district boundary in Federal statistical programs including Census 2010, the American Community Survey and the Common Core of Data. See more below about school district subject matter data.
School district geography and attributes are developed for:
Elementary school districts
Secondary school districts
Unified school districts
2015-16 School District Boundaries
The following graphic illustrates using GIS tools to view school districts (yellow labels with black boundaries) in context of counties (white label, blue boundaries), urban areas (orange fill pattern), and the Dallas metro (brown bold boundary). Click graphic for larger view. Expand browser to full window for best quality view.
- View developed using CV XE GIS software and associated GIS project.
2015-16 School District Geographic Characteristics
Click column header to sort; again to sort other direction. See usage notes below table.
See related interactive tables
Table Usage Notes
Use the vertical scrollbar at far left in table to scroll across (up/down) districts/rows.
Optionally sort on selected column or view only districts in one state then sort ...
Click ShowAll between queries
Click on 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 left of Find-in-Name button
then click button to locate all matches (case sensitive).
See related tables.
Columns in Table
- District Name
- St -- USPS State abbreviation
- St1 -- State FIPS code
- GeoID District -- Federal school district code
- GeoID County -- State + County FIPS code
- County Name -- county name for primary county of district location
- CSA -- Combines Statistical Area code for district location
- CBSA -- Core-Based Statistical Area code for district location
- MDIV -- Metropolitan Division code for district location
- Lo -- District Low Grade
- Hi -- DIstrict High Grade
- T1 -- School district type (E,S,U)
- Land area Square miles
- Water area square miles
Other usage notes
School districts cross county boundaries in most states. A county was assigned to a school district based on the county boundary that contains the school district internal point (latitude-longitude). The CSA, CBSA and MIV were assigned based on county affiliation (if any) to a CBSA (and therefore CSA and MDIV) as defined by OMB.
School District Demographic-Economic Characteristics
- ACS 2014 characteristics of the total school district resident population
... General Demographics ... Social Characteristics ... Economic Characteristics ... Housing Characteristics
- ACS 2014 school district special tabulation table/data
... Interactive table
- about the school district community
... summary of geographic, demographic, economic data
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