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Fun Facts: back-to-school time of year

Carrie Coppernoll Published: July 17, 2013

Oklahoma City Public Schools kicks off enrollment today. To celebrate, let’s check out some facts from the U.S. Census:

$8.5 billion: The amount of money spent at family clothing stores in August 2012. Sales at bookstores in August 2012 totaled $2.0 billion. For back-to-school shopping, choices of retail establishments abound: In 2011, there were 28,128 family clothing stores, 7,093 children and infants clothing stores, 25,448 shoe stores, 8,144 office supply and stationery stores, 21,227 sporting goods stores, 8,407 bookstores and 8,625 department stores.

79 million: The number of children and adults enrolled in school throughout the country in October 2011 — from nursery school to college. They comprised 26.9 percent of the entire population age 3 and older.

77: Percentage of children 3 to 6 enrolled in kindergarten who attended all day, as of October 2011.

73: Percentage of children 3 to 6 years old who are enrolled in school.

25: Percentage of elementary through high school students who had at least one foreign-born parent in October 2011.

11.8 million: Number of school-age children (5 to 17) who spoke a language other than English at home in 2011; 8.5 million of these children spoke Spanish at home.

15: Percentage of all college students 35 and older in October 2011. They made up 32 percent of those attending school part time.

42: Percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled in college in 2011.

52: Percentage of students enrolled in college, who worked less than full time, year-round in 2011; 20 percent worked full time, year-round.

3,068,911: Number of enrolled high school students who work less than full time, year-round; 145,740 students in high school worked full time, year-round.

12.0 million: Number of people age 25 and over who held a bachelor’s degree in business in 2011. Business degrees were reported by 20 percent of the population with a bachelor’s degree followed by education (14 percent), science and engineering related fields (9 percent), social sciences and engineering, which were not statistically different from each other (8 percent); biological, agricultural and environmental sciences (6 percent), and other and liberal arts and history, which were not statistically different from each other (5 percent); psychology (5 percent); literature and languages (4 percent); computers, mathematics and statistics (4 percent); visual and performing arts (4 percent); communications (4 percent); and physical and related sciences (3 percent).

$81,761: Average earnings of full-time, year-round workers 18 and older with an advanced degree (bachelor’s degree or higher) in 2011. Workers whose highest degree was a bachelor’s had mean earnings of $70,459. Mean earnings for full-time, year-round workers with a high school diploma (includes GED certificate) was $40,634, while workers with less than a ninth grade education had $26,545 average earnings.


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