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Back to School Fun Facts!
What's the average amount spent by parents for back to school clothes every year?
How many kids are earning and learning with part-time jobs after school?
Where do you find the highest paid teachers in the USA?
Check out the latest fun facts and figures from the U.S. Census celebrating
the return to school ...
billion The amount of money
spent on kids clothing and back to school fashion trends in August 2011. Only October, November and
December -- the holiday shopping season -- were sales greater
than $5 billion. Similarly, bookstore
sales in August 2011 totaled $2.4 billion, an amount not surpassed
by any month except January.
72% The percentage of U.S. residents enrolled in schools
-- from nursery schools to colleges.
million The number of students projected to be enrolled
in the nation's elementary and high schools (grades
K-12) this fall. That number exceeds the total in 1969 (51.6
million) when the last of the "baby boom" children expanded school
of students who are home-schooled in America. The top reasons most parents give for homeschooling is a desire to give their kids religious or moral instruction along with concerns over the public school environment.
million The number of school-age children (5 to 17) who
language other than English at home. They make up nearly 1-in-5
children in this age group. Most of these children (7.1 million)
million The number of practicing teachers in the United
States -- from pre-kindergarten to college.
Average annual salary paid to public school teachers in California
- the highest of any state in the nation. Teachers in South
Dakota received the lowest -- $35,378. The national average
in the Schools
million Number of computers
available for classroom use in the nation's 114,700 elementary
and secondary schools; that comes down to 1 computer for every
Percentage of public schools with Internet
access. In 1995, the proportion was 50 percent.
Rising Cost of College
Average tuition, room and board (for in-state students) at the
nation's four-year public colleges and universities for an entire
academic year, more than double the amount from 1990.
Average tuition, room and board at the nation's four-year private
colleges and universities for an entire academic year, more than
double the amount from 1990.
The Rewards of Staying in School
Average annual earnings of workers age 18 and older with
an advanced degree. This compares with $58,613 a year for those
with bachelor's degrees, $31,283 for those with a high school
diploma only and $21,023 for those without a high school diploma.
Average starting salary offer to bachelor's degree candidates
engineering, among the highest of any field of study. At the
other end of the spectrum were those majoring in the social science;
they were offered an average of $39,476.
U.S Census Bureau