The Washington Post culled a list of facts surrounding back to school – everything from enrollment to eating – according to the U.S. Census. Some particular items of interest:
- 11.2 million: Number of school-age children (5 to 17) who spoke a language other than English at home in 2009; 8 million of these children spoke Spanish at home. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 American Community Survey, Table B16004
- $65,800: Average annual salary of public school teachers in California as of the 2007-2008 school year — the highest of any state. Teachers in South Dakota received the lowest pay — $36,700. The national average was $52,800. High school principals earned $99,365 annually in 2008-09. Source: National Education Association and Educational Research Service as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2011, Tables 252 and 255
- $7.4 billion: For back-to-school shopping, choices of retail establishments abound: In 2008, there were 28,429 family clothing stores, 7,349 children and infants clothing stores, 28,178 shoe stores, 9,373 office supply and stationery stores, 22,116 sporting goods stores, 9,708 bookstores and 8,813 department stores. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns: 2008
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