Last week, we published a post showing the number of children enrolled in public schools in different types of homes at the national level. This week, we look at the numbers by state, which vary widely. Outside of the District Columbia, the lowest numbers tend to be found in the New England states.
In particular, Vermont has the smallest average number with 0.21 public school child per housing unit, followed by Maine (0.23), Florida (0.25), and New Hampshire (0.27), as shown in Table 3. There is only 0.18 child enrolled in public education per housing unit in the District of Columbia. However, D.C. is generally different from the states, as it is entirely urban. States with the largest average number of children attending public schools are Utah with 0.58 public school child per unit, and Texas with 0.43 per unit, far above the national average of 0.34 per unit.
Table 4 shows the states with the fewest number of public school children in single-family detached units. Vermont has the fewest per unit (0.22), followed by Maine (0.24), West Virginia (0.29), Delaware (0.30), and Alabama (0.30). These states are also the states with the fewest number of children in all housing units (Table 3).
States with the fewest average number of children attending public school per multifamily unit are not concentrated in one regional areas (Table 5). States with the fewest number of public school children per multifamily unit are Wyoming with only 0.08 per multifamily unit, West Virginia (0.12), Pennsylvania (0.13), North Dakota (0.14), the District of Columbia (0.14), and Vermont (0.14).
NAHB has calculated a complete set of detailed tables showing the number of public school children in different types of homes for each individual state (including the District of Columbia).