What Are Some Statistics About High School Dropouts?


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According to DoSomething.org, 1.2 million U.S. students drop out annually as of 2015, and the United States ranked 22nd out of 27 developed countries in graduation rates in 2014. The dropout rate translates to one student dropping out every 26 seconds and 7,000 students dropping out per day. Despite this, the United States dropout rate actually fell three percent between 1990 and 2010, going from 12.1 percent to 7.4 percent.

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One relatively positive statistic is that the percentage of Latino students graduating has increased to 71.4 percent in 2010 from 61.4 percent in 2006. Despite this increase, both Latino and African-American students drop out more commonly than Asian-American or white students.

As of 2014, nearly 2,000 high schools across the United States graduate less than 60 percent of their students. In terms of individual states, Vermont had the highest graduation rate in 2010 with 91.4 percent of students graduating; Nevada had the lowest, with only 57.8 percent graduating.

High school dropouts earn $200,000 less on average over the course of their lifetime than those who graduate high school. They earn nearly a million dollars less on average than those who graduate from college, and are responsible for approximately 75 percent of U.S. crime.

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