North Carolina’s Most and Least Equitable School Districts

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With low-income school districts underfunded by around $6,700 per pupil, WalletHub today released its report on the Most and Least Equitable School Districts in North Carolina. To find out where school funding is distributed most fairly, WalletHub scored the equitability of each school district in North Carolina based on two metrics: average household income and expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools per pupil.

Alongside this report, WalletHub also released rankings for the States with the Most and Least Equitable School Districts. North Carolina ranked as the 3rd most equitable overall.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg ranked as one of the least equitable districts in the state at #101 overall.

Most & Least Equitable School Districts in North Carolina

Rank*  School District Score  Expeditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Schools per Pupil  Income by School District 
1 Catawba County Schools 0.15 $9,184 $57,141
2 Stokes County Schools 0.16 $10,375 $51,668
3 Lincoln County Schools 0.32 $8,631 $59,592
4 Caswell County Schools 0.38 $11,247 $47,938
5 Swain County Schools 1.23 $12,042 $44,713
6 Winston Salem / Forsyth County Schools 1.29 $9,836 $53,583
7 Stanly County Schools 1.40 $9,710 $54,104
8 Avery County Schools 1.46 $12,507 $42,695
9 Jackson County Public Schools 1.54 $11,101 $47,655
10 Haywood County Schools 1.74 $10,231 $51,548
11 Madison County Schools 1.96 $11,375 $46,190
12 Greene County Schools 1.97 $11,946 $43,563
13 Alexander County Schools 2.63 $10,182 $51,329
14 Craven County Schools 2.74 $9,611 $53,894
15 Gates County Schools 2.81 $11,961 $45,871
16 Newton Conover City Schools 3.14 $9,815 $52,757
17 Mitchell County Schools 3.30 $11,366 $48,841
18 Jones County Schools 3.39 $13,669 $38,324
19 Rowan-Salisbury Schools 3.41 $10,079 $51,412
20 Graham County Schools 3.91 $12,879 $42,207
21 Mcdowell County Schools 4.59 $10,895 $47,085
22 Guilford County Schools 5.28 $10,283 $54,794
23 Elkin City Schools 5.38 $10,320 $49,329
24 Warren County Schools 5.45 $12,897 $37,476
25 Granville County Schools 5.46 $9,838 $56,924
26 Edenton-Chowan Schools 5.84 $12,686 $44,050
27 Henderson County Schools 6.05 $9,465 $58,928
28 Montgomery County Schools 6.09 $11,155 $45,147
29 Cherokee County Schools 6.41 $12,070 $40,793
30 Kannapolis City Schools 6.42 $10,932 $46,005
31 Beaufort County Schools 6.52 $10,475 $48,051
32 Perquimans County Schools 7.00 $11,289 $51,036
33 Yancey County Schools 7.14 $11,171 $44,554
34 Gaston County Schools 7.15 $9,225 $53,474
35 Iredell-Statesville Schools 7.29 $8,875 $62,250
36 Harnett County Schools 7.64 $8,934 $54,565
37 Halifax County Schools 7.67 $13,970 $31,447
38 Davidson County Schools 7.68 $8,573 $56,203
39 Hertford County Schools 7.90 $11,517 $42,588
40 Onslow County Schools 7.94 $9,375 $52,394
41 Watauga County Schools 8.10 $10,653 $46,453
42 Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools 8.25 $10,682 $54,439
43 Lee County Schools 8.25 $9,363 $52,294
44 Martin County Schools 8.31 $12,057 $39,909
45 Buncombe County Schools 8.64 $10,663 $54,720
46 Johnston County Public Schools 8.99 $9,156 $61,806
47 Pender County Schools 9.15 $9,558 $60,044
48 Franklin County Schools 9.24 $9,976 $58,172
49 Ashe County Schools 9.27 $11,272 $43,030
50 Hoke County Schools 9.28 $9,495 $51,177
51 Edgecombe County Public Schools 9.56 $11,134 $43,521
52 Washington County Schools 9.58 $13,874 $30,941
53 Alamance-Burlington Schools 9.96 $9,334 $51,580
54 Clay County Schools 10.16 $11,365 $42,160
55 Pitt County Schools 10.53 $9,761 $49,337
56 Weldon City Schools 10.53 $14,947 $36,010
57 Transylvania County Schools 10.87 $11,604 $51,509
58 Surry County Schools 11.43 $10,284 $46,491
59 Rutherford County Schools 11.48 $11,000 $43,183
60 Bertie County Schools 11.48 $12,774 $35,042
61 Randolph County School System 11.54 $9,132 $51,721
62 Macon County Schools 12.32 $10,359 $45,703
63 Davie County Schools 12.33 $9,469 $62,028
64 New Hanover County Schools 12.33 $10,633 $56,689
65 Yadkin County Schools 12.67 $10,049 $46,954
66 Cumberland County Schools 13.20 $9,677 $48,397
67 Polk County Schools 13.86 $11,794 $52,125
68 Person County Schools 14.10 $10,687 $57,323
69 Vance County Schools 14.45 $10,974 $41,827
70 Alleghany County Schools 15.54 $11,873 $37,158
71 Wayne County Public Schools 16.04 $9,625 $47,221
72 Thomasville City Schools 16.16 $12,256 $35,097
73 Nash County Public Schools 16.28 $9,594 $47,247
74 Moore County Schools 16.86 $9,678 $63,324
75 Carteret County Public Schools 16.91 $10,872 $57,871
76 Caldwell County Schools 16.99 $9,768 $46,094
77 Brunswick County Schools 17.84 $10,560 $59,763
78 Anson County Schools 18.21 $11,009 $39,799
79 Cleveland County Schools 18.39 $10,180 $43,512
80 Wilkes County Schools 18.86 $9,809 $44,980
81 Scotland County Schools 19.09 $11,755 $35,936
82 Rockingham County Schools 19.24 $9,611 $45,697
83 Mooresville Graded School District 19.58 $9,726 $64,450
84 Roanoke Rapids City Schools 20.31 $9,572 $45,347
85 Bladen County Schools 20.52 $11,327 $37,188
86 Tyrrell County Schools 21.29 $15,623 $38,250
87 Wilson County Schools 22.16 $9,535 $44,594
88 Hickory City Schools 22.24 $9,275 $45,749
89 Sampson County Schools 22.60 $9,542 $44,344
90 Asheboro City Schools 22.76 $10,416 $40,257
91 Camden County Schools 23.98 $10,337 $63,834
92 Burke County Schools 24.72 $9,406 $43,915
93 Pamlico County Schools 24.97 $13,780 $48,531
94 Northampton County Schools 25.26 $15,896 $38,969
95 Whiteville City Schools 26.95 $10,429 $38,114
96 Columbus County Schools 28.14 $10,183 $38,655
97 Richmond County Schools 28.30 $10,079 $39,051
98 Clinton City Schools 28.77 $9,749 $40,333
99 Mount Airy City Schools 29.04 $10,935 $34,756
100 Duplin County Schools 29.99 $8,943 $43,422
101 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools 30.01 $9,812 $69,240
102 Lenoir County Public Schools 30.17 $9,686 $39,923
103 Durham Public Schools 34.90 $11,742 $62,812
104 Cabarrus County Schools 36.14 $9,095 $75,570
105 Dare County Schools 37.62 $11,468 $65,420
106 Chatham County Schools 39.42 $10,709 $69,799
107 Public Schools Of Robeson County 41.40 $9,465 $35,362
108 Asheville City Schools 41.72 $13,544 $57,937
109 Currituck County Schools 42.50 $10,183 $73,741
110 Lexington City Schools 44.57 $10,255 $30,161
111 Union County Public Schools 52.17 $9,308 $82,557
112 Orange County Schools 56.80 $11,668 $74,030
113 Wake County Schools 56.99 $9,610 $83,567
114 Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools 72.14 $13,078 $75,181
115 Hyde County Schools 86.64 $20,865 $46,667

*1=Most Equitable

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