School District Data Profiles
Are you searching for socia/economic data? Here's a nifty way to get a custom profile
for any School District within the US
I recently stumbled accross this interesting website hosted at OSU - Oregon State University
School District Data Book Profiles: 1989-1990 offers viewers a simple to use front end to access
detailed School District profiles and socio/economic data.
The School District Data Book, from the National Center for Education Statistics, is an electronic library containing social, financial
and administrative data for each of the 15,274 school districts in the United States for 1989-1990.
Users searching for even more data can access population, agricultural, and economic databases from the site as well.
Smply select a state from the map, then chose a County.
After a short wait, a detailed profile of the County will appear.
Below I have included an example report produced for Okaloosa County, Florida.
A more brief summary report can also be produced, as can detailed School District financial reports.
S c h o o l D i s t r i c t D a t a B o o k
=== General Characteristics Profile (Summary) ===
Primary Area . . . . . . OKALOOSA COUNTY SCH DIST
Comparison Area 1 . . . FLORIDA
Comparison Area 2 . . . UNITED STATES
Primary Area Area 1 Area 2
State-County-District Codes 12-000-01380 12-000-00000 00-000-00000
Metropolitan Area (MSA) Code 00-2750 00-0000 -
County Code (Some Districts) 091 000
Zip Code (Some Districts) 32536 00000
Grade Range (Districts) PK-12 00-00 00-00
Total Persons 143,776 12,937,926 248,709,873
Percent Urban 83.97 84.79 75.21
Percent White 85.16 73.34 75.76
Percent Black 8.92 13.17 11.77
Percent Amer Ind, Eskimo, Aleut 0.58 0.31 0.75
Percent Asian/Pacific Islander 2.42 1.11 2.81
Percent Hispanic 2.89 12.02 8.81
Percent Other 0.03 0.05 0.10
Percent in Poverty 9.86 12.40 12.76
Total Housing Units 62,569 6,100,262 102,263,678
Median Housing Value $ 70,195 76,487 78,500
Median Household Income $ 27,941 27,483 30,056
Per Capita Income in 1989 $ 13,147 14,698 14,420
Total Children 31,843 2,485,246 55,325,634
Enrolled 26,289 2,033,567 45,745,358
Percent Public of Those Enr'd 93.13 85.76 87.18
Percent Private of Those Enr'd 6.87 14.24 12.82
Percent Urban 84.78 83.31 72.82
Percent White 80.51 63.48 68.92
Percent Black 12.62 20.88 14.77
Percent Amer Ind, Eskimo, Aleut 0.54 0.33 1.00
Percent Asian & Pacific Islander 3.08 1.41 3.10
Percent Hispanic 3.23 13.79 12.04
Percent Other 0.03 0.11 0.17
Percent in Poverty 14.68 18.25 17.84
Students per Teacher 17 17 17
Total Revenue per Student $ 4,615 5,548 5,154
Federal Revenue per Student $ 344 333 302
Total Expenditure per Student $ 5,151 5,694 5,203
Aditional documentation provided at
gives some explanations as to the limitations of the data. Please be sure to consult this information.
More About School Districts Census Mapping Project
Development of the School District Data Book started in 1988 with the
Census Mapping Project. Under this initiative, sponsored by the Nation-
al Center for Education Statistics and coordinated by the Council of
Chief State School Officers, all states participated in a program to
develop school district maps. The maps, the first complete set ever to
be developed for the nation, were the critical first step in the devel-
opment of the database.
A public school district is an area whose public schools are administra-
tively affiliated with a local education agency recognized by the state
education agency as responsible for implementing the state's elementary
and secondary public education program. Through the Census Mapping
Project, 15,274 school districts were mapped.
School districts delineated by the Census Mapping Project are usually
the same as those referenced in the NCES Common Core of Data Program.
Accordingly, the Census Mapping Project used names and codes from the
1989-90 Common Core of Data as a means of identification.
Most areas of the U.S. are covered by one or more school districts.
However, there are parts of some states that are not covered by any
school district. These 60 areas are referred to as "balance of county"
areas and treated as "pseudo" school districts in the SDDB. As a re-
sult, all areas of the U.S. are accounted for through the Census Mapping
Paper maps developed by individual states were sent to the U.S. Bureau
of the Census. The Census Bureau digitized the maps and transferred the
resulting data into the Census Bureau's TIGER System. The TIGER (Topo
logically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing) System is used
by the Census Bureau as a way of tabulating address-oriented data. Once
the school district maps were a part of the TIGER system, each of the
nation's 6.5 million census blocks could be uniquely associated with
their respective school districts.