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).
|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|