School Districts 2015-16 Geographic Characteristics
-- geographic size and relation to counties & metros
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 accessed via this related section 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.
This section is now part of the National Children & Education Statistics Program.
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