School & District Management

School Satisfaction: A Metropolitan Breakdown

October 27, 1999 2 min read

School Satisfaction in Cities and Suburbs (Ranked by City, From Most to Least Dissatisfied)

NOTE: Includes households with children from birth to age 16. “City” refers to a central city in a metropolitan statistical area. “Suburb” refers to the remainder of the metropolitan statistical area except in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles-long Beach, and Newark. In these four areas, the “suburbs” include only the “urbanized suburbs"; the small “other urban” and “rural” portions of thes metropolitan statistical areas were not available for confidentiality reasons.
*The data do not permit separate analysis of these cities.
---Indicates the sample was too small to provide a reliable estimate.
Households Dissatisfied
With Public
Elementary Schools
City Only Suburbs Only
City Number Percent Number Percent
Cleveland 17,800 34.20% 14,900 9.10%
Oakland, Calif. 14,900 31.6 29,000 15.4
Cincinnati 9,900 26.2 10,500 7.6
Philadelphia 46,600 25.7 32,800 9.5
Chicago 64,400 23.6 24,800 6.4
Minneapolis 6,500 22.7 13,300 5.6
Pittsburgh 7,500 22.3 21,500 9
San Francisco 11,200 22.3 13,900 15.3
St. Louis 8,200 21.7 23,800 8.6
Arlington, Texas 3,500 21.7 9,700 10.7
St. Paul, Minn. 6,700 21 13,300 5.6
Denver 9,000 20.6 14,300 8.8
New Orleans 11,700 20.3 25,000 24
Los Angeles-Long Beach* 92,000 19.9 43,000 8.3
Boston 9,100 19.5 36,600 9.2
Buffalo, N. Y. 6,000 18.9 3,000 4.1
Seattle-Everett* 8,500 18.8 22,200 10.8
Kansas City, Kan. 2,400 18.6 13,500 8.9
Rochester, N. Y. 4,500 17.7 4,100 4.3
Washington 8,200 17.7 33,100 8.3
Milwaukee 11,900 17.4 6,900 7.1
Detroit 25,900 17.3 34,800 8.7
Providence-Warwick, R. I.* 4,000 17.2 8,700 10
Kansas City, Mo. 8,100 16.9 13,500 8.9
Memphis, Tenn. 11,300 16.7 5,600 8.4
Columbus, Ohio 11,000 16.6 6,900 6.5
Portland, Ore. 7,100 16.4 19,000 12.8
Dallas 18,500 16.4 25,700 10.5
Atlanta 5,700 16 32,400 9.3
Baltimore 12,500 15.7 16,100 8
Oklahoma City 8,700 15.4 7,200 10.3
St. Petersburg, Fla. 3,100 15.3 21,400 14
Birmingham, Ala. 4,700 15.2 10,200 10.9
New York 114,300 14.6 10,900 8.2
Indianapolis 12,600 14.5 7,100 7
Phoenix 13,600 14.4 14,200 11
Sacramento, Calif. 5,700 13.9 19,900 14.9
Hartford, Conn. 1,900 13.7 9,700 8.2
San Jose, Calif. 12,200 13.5 6,200 10
Houston 22,300 13.1 14,000 5.5
Anaheim, Calif. 3,800 12.8 17,400 8.1
San Bernardino- Ontario, Calif.* 4,600 11.4 34,600 11.7
Mesa, Ariz. 4,900 11.4 14,200 11
Miami 3,700 11.3 24,700 13.1
Sunnyvale, Calif. 1,400 10.9 6,200 10
San Diego 11,300 10.7 17,500 11.5
Salt Lake City 1,800 10.6 10,700 8.5
Fort Worth, Texas 6,400 10.4 9,700 10.7
Norfolk, Va. 2,500 9.6 9,300 9.7
San Antonio 10,800 9.4 4,200 7.6
Virginia Beach, Va. 4,100 8.3 9,300 9.7
Tampa, Fla. 2,500 8.1 21,400 14
Riverside, Calif. 1,600 6.5 34,600 11.7
Santa Ana, Calif. 1,400 4.5 17,400 8.1
Newark, N. J. --- --- 10,800 6.3
United States 1,120,800 12.8 1,196,600 7.8
SOURCE: Anthony P. Carnevale and Donna M. Desrochers (1999) analysis of the American Housing Survey, 1990-1996.
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