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WASHINGTON Summer time is winding down and vacations will be coming to an end, signaling that back to school time is near. It's a time that many children eagerly anticipate catching up with old friends and making new ones, and settling into a new daily routine.
As American Indian and Alaska Native parents send their children back to school, it is a good to know they are not alone. Parents and children alike scan the newspapers and websites looking for sales to shop for a multitude of school supplies and the latest clothing fads and essentials.
Here are some informative and interesting statistics from the US Census Bureau's Facts for Features:
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.
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.
Percentage of children 3 to 6 enrolled in kindergarten who attended all day, as of October 2011.
Percentage of children 3 to 6 years old who are enrolled in school.
Percentage of elementary through high school students who had at least one foreign born parent in October 2011.
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.
Percentage of all college students 35 and older in October 2011. They made up 32 percent of those attending school parttime.
Percentage of 18 to 24 year-olds enrolled in college in 2011.
Percentage of students enrolled in college, who worked less than fulltime, year round in 2011; 20 percent worked fulltime, year round.
Number of enrolled high school students who work less than fulltime, year round; 145,740 students in high school worked fulltime, year round.
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).
Average earnings of fulltime, 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 fulltime, 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.
posted August 19, 2013 12:57 pm edt