Children eligible for free or reduced price lunch*

Children Eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch is the percentage of children enrolled in public schools, grades PK - 12, eligible for free (family income less than 130% of federal poverty level) or reduced price (family income less than 185% of federal poverty level) lunch.

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National Center for Education Statistics

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally.

NCES is the primary federal entity responsible for collecting and analyzing data related to education. For states where cohort graduation data was not available, the Average Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) was used. AFGR by county were estimated based on school district information provided to us by the NCES.