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What you might not know about going back to school

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Summertime is quickly winding down and vacations are coming to an end-- making way for students to head back to school.

Many eagerly anticipate this time of year in hopes to catch up with old friends and make new ones, and settle into a new daily routine. While you prepare, here are some interesting facts about the First Day of School you might not know.   

Back-to-School Shopping:

$7.7 billion-The amount of money spent at family clothing stores in August 2011. Only in November and December were sales higher. Similarly, sales at book stores in August 2011 totaled $2.4 billion, the strongest sales month of the year.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Monthly Retail Trade and Food Services

For back-to-school shopping, choices of retail establishments abound: In 2009, there were 28,520 family clothing stores, 7,092 children and infants clothing stores, 26,651 shoe stores, 8,945 office supply and stationery stores, 21,628 sporting goods stores, 9,390 bookstores and 8,663 department stores.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns: 2009

Students:

79 million-
The number of children and adults enrolled in school throughout the country in October 2010 — from nursery school to college. They comprised 27 percent of the entire population age 3 and older.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, School Enrollment – Social and Economic Characteristics of Students: October 2010, Table 1

Pre-K through 12 Enrollment:

72%- Percentage of children 3 to 6 enrolled in kindergarten who attended all day, as of October 2010.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, School Enrollment – Social and Economic Characteristics of Students: October 2010, Table 3

24%-
Percentage of elementary through high school students who had at least one foreign-born parent in October 2010.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, School Enrollment – Social and Economic Characteristics of Students: October 2010, Table 1

27%-Percentage of students ages 12 to 17 who were in a gifted class in 2009.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, A Child's Day: 2009 (Selected Indicators of Child Well-Being), Table D18  

70%-Percentage of 6- to 17-year-olds who were highly engaged in school (children reported as liking school, being interested in school and working hard in school) in 2009.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, A Child's Day: 2009 (Selected Indicators of Child Well-Being); Table D27

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