Market Watch: Census

New York City is the nation's largest school district, not only in student enrollment, but also in overall population.

According to Proximity, a company that analyzes U.S. Census data relating to K-12 education, more than 8 million people live within the boundaries of the New York City district. The next largest district is Los Angeles Unified, with more than 4.4 million residents.

Other demographic tidbits:

The fastest growing of the 20 largest districts is Clark County, Nev., which grew 85.5 percent in the 1990s (741,459 to 1,375,765). Two of the top 20 districts lost population — the Philadelphia district declined 4.29 percent and Detroit declined 7.46 percent.

New York City also has the most children of any district — 1,940,269. Of the 20 districts with the most children, Phoenix Union High School District has the highest percentage — 31.34 percent (193,377 out of 617,077). Palm Beach County, Fla., is the top 20 district with the smallest percentage of children — 21.26 percent (240,458 out of 1,131,184).

School districts with greatest populations of children
Rank School District Total Children Percent
1 New York City Public Schools, NY 8,008,278 1,940,269 24.23
2 Los Angeles Unified, CA 4,444,560 1,217,471 27.39
3 City of Chicago School District, IL 2,896,016 759,840 26.24
4 Dade County School District, FL 2,253,362 559,213 24.82
5 Philadelphia City School District, PA 1,517,550 383,469 25.27
6 Broward County School District, FL 1,623,018 382,929 23.59
7 Clark County School District, NV 1,375,765 351,770 25.57
8 Houston Independent School District, TX 1,259,617 332,640 26.41
9 Hawaii Department of Education, HI 1,211,537 295,767 24.41
10 Detroit City School District, MI 951,267 295,706 31.09
11 Dallas Independent School District, TX 986,021 266,715 27.05
12 Hillsborough County School District, FL 998,948 253,138 25.34
13 Fairfax County Public Schools, VA 969,749 246,264 25.39
14 Palm Beach County School District, FL 1,131,184 240,458 21.26
15 Orange County School District, CA 896,344 226,340 25.25
16 San Diego City Unified, CA 986,131 223,753 22.69
17 Montgomery County Public Schools, MD 873,341 221,758 25.39
18 Prince George's County Public Schools, MD 801,515 214,602 26.77
19 Duval County School District, FL 778,879 204,991 26.32
20 Phoenix Union High School District, AZ 617,077 193,377 31.34
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