The U.S. Census Bureau recently released some interesting numbers associated with the return to classrooms by our nation’s students and teachers:

$7.6 billion

  • The amount of money spent at family clothing stores in August 2008. Only in December were sales significantly higher. Similarly, sales at bookstores in August 2008 totaled $2.4 billion, an amount approached in 2008 only by sales in January. Source: Monthly Retail Trade and Food Services

76 million

  • The number of children and adults enrolled in school throughout the country in October 2007 — from nursery school to college. They comprised 27 percent of the entire population 3 and older. Source: School Enrollment – Social and Economic Characteristics of Students: October 2007

56 million

  • The projected number of students to be enrolled in the nation’s elementary through high schools (grades K-12) this fall. Source: Upcoming Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010, Table 214

11%

  • Projected percentage of elementary through high school students enrolled in private schools this fall. Source: Upcoming Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010, Table 214

42%

  • Percentage of elementary through high school students who were minorities, as of October 2007. Source: School Enrollment – Social and Economic Characteristics of Students: October 2007

23%

  • Percentage of elementary through high school students who have at least one foreign-born parent in October 2007. Five percent were foreign-born themselves. Source: School Enrollment – Social and Economic Characteristics of Students: October 2007

50%

  • Percentage of kindergarten through 12th-grade students in California who had at least one foreign-born parent. California led the nation, followed by Nevada with 36 percent. New York, Florida, Texas, Arizona, New Jersey and Hawaii also had at least one-quarter of students this age with at least one foreign-born parent. Source: School Enrollment in the United States: 2006

67%

  • Percentage of children 6 to 17 whose parents reported that their kids often like school. Source: A Child’s Day: 2006

10.9 million

  • Number of school-age children (5 to 17) who speak a language other than English at home; 7.9 million of these children speak Spanish at home. Source: 2007 American Community Survey

31 million

  • Average number of children participating each month in the national school lunch program in 2008. Source: Upcoming Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010, Table 558

19 million

  • The projected number of students enrolled in the nation’s colleges and universities this fall. This is up from 13.5 million 20 years ago. Source: Upcoming Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010, Table 214

55%

  • Percentage of undergraduates who were women in October 2007. Women comprised an even greater share of graduate students: 60 percent. Source: School Enrollment – Social and Economic Characteristics of Students: October 2007
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