Every child is born to a unique set of circumstances that help shape who they become. While these environmental conditions are virtually countless, a small handful of factors play an outsized role in a child’s development and likelihood for future success.
Whether or not a child succeeds academically can depend considerably on school quality. A student who falls behind in one school district may have excelled academically in another. By no means limited to the classroom, many of the strongest influences on a child’s future are in the home environment, and the resources available — or absent — there.
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Education Statistics, 24/7 Wall St. developed an index of four measures to determine the best school district in every state.
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Districts outranks all other districts in North Carolina for chances of student success. Children of college-educated parents tend to perform better academically than those raised by parents with lower educational attainment, and across the district, 73.8% of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 30.5% of adults across North Carolina.
Students in the district also benefit from higher than average educational investment. The district spends $13,044 per pupil annually on its schools, compared to the state average of less than $10,000.
The four measures used to determine the best school district in every state were the child poverty rate, the teacher-to-student ratio, per-pupil spending, and the share of adults with a college education. All data came from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Education Statistics.
|State||District||Enrollment||Annual per-pupil spending($)||Students per teacher||Adults with a 4-yr. degree or higher (%)|
|Alabama||Mountain Brook City||4,346||14,059||13||85.3|
|Alaska||North Slope Borough||2,195||36,416||13||16.5|
|Arizona||Sedona-Oak Creek Joint Unified||517||20,576||17||46.1|
|California||Palo Alto Unified||11,992||23,038||N/A||84.7|
|Hawaii||Hawaii Department of Education||181,278||16,132||15||33.0|
|Idaho||Blaine County 61||3,467||15,661||13||35.4|
|Illinois||Lisle Community Unit 202||1,421||27,166||12||50.1|
|Indiana||West Lafayette Community||2,411||11,487||16||70.1|
|Kansas||Blue Valley Unified 229||22,783||10,500||14||70.9|
|Kentucky||Fort Thomas Independent||3,129||11,086||17||52.5|
|Maryland||Howard County Publics||57,907||16,084||14||62.6|
|New Hampshire||Oyster River Cooperative||2,193||19,051||12||65.4|
|New Jersey||Mountain Lakes Borough||1,404||29,737||9||85.8|
|New Mexico||Los Alamos Publics||3,749||11,249||15||67.4|
|New York||Byram Hills Central||2,319||35,160||10||81.0|
|North Carolina||Chapel Hill-Carrboros||12,422||13,044||14||73.8|
|North Dakota||Fargo Public 1||11,514||14,327||13||40.5|
|Oklahoma||Deer Creek Publics||6,646||9,048||18||58.9|
|South Carolina||York 4||16,081||9,576||15||49.7|
|South Dakota||Harrisburg 41-2||4,841||9,448||14||40.9|
|Virginia||Falls Church City Publics||2,620||19,222||15||77.6|
|Wyoming||Teton County 1||2,881||18,496||12||57.0|
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