Back to School By the Numbers

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 12:00 am  

$8.6 Billion

The estimated amount of money spent at family clothing stores in August 2013. Sales at bookstores in August 2013 were estimated at $1.6 billion.

78 Million

The number of children and adults enrolled in school throughout the country in October 2012, from nursery school to college. They comprised 26.4 percent of the entire population age 3 and older.


Percentage of elementary through high school students who had at least one foreign-born parent in October 2012.

12 Million

Number of school-age children (5 to 17) who spoke a language other than English at home in 2012; 8.6 million of these children spoke Spanish at home.


Percentage of college students 35 and older in October 2012. They made up 32 percent of those attending school part time.


Percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled in college in 2012.


Average earnings of full-time, year-round workers 18 and older with an advanced degree (bachelor’s degree or higher) in 2012. Workers whose highest degree was a bachelor’s had mean earnings of $70,432. Mean earnings for full-time, year-round workers with a high school diploma (includes GED certificate) were $41,248, while workers with less than a ninth-grade education had $26,679 average earnings.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau



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