Need to Know: Back-to-School Statistics
School may be in swing already, but here are some national statistics you might find pretty interesting
How much did Americans spend during back-to-school shopping last year? How many kids go to private school instead of public schools?
$7.4 billion: That's how much Americans spent shopping in August 2010, the prime back-to-school shopping month. The only months with greater sales coincide with the Christmas holiday, November and December. Sales are also way up at book stores: $2.2 billion in August 2010. That's the highest book sales month of the year.
55.5 million: That's how many students, preschool through high school, will be enrolled in schools across America this year.
11 percent: That's how many students -- about 6 million -- will be enrolled in private schools this year.
7.2 million: The number of teachers in the United States, as of 2009. About 3 million taught either elementary or middle school.
$10,499: How much the United States spends on each student, on average. Number good as of 2009.
3.2 million: Seniors, get ready for your year atop the mountain. Come June, about 3.2 million of you will receive high school degrees and head off to college or the work force.
$16.44 per hour: The average hourly wage of the nation's bus drivers. Numbers updated in 2008-09