High School Dropout Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: Education Week, Children Trends Database
Research Date: March 17th, 2015

Questions: What is the high school dropout rate in the U.S.? How many high school students dropout every year? Demographics of high school drop outs? Reasons students choose to drop out of high school? 2014 high school dropout rates.

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High School Dropout Statistics (US)
Total number of high school dropouts annually 3,030,000
Number of high school students who drop out each day 8,300
Percent of Americans with a high school diploma 85.3 %
Percent of all drop outs that happen in the ninth-grade 36 %
Percent of students who repeat the ninth-grade that go on to graduate 15 %
Percent of students in the largest 50 U.S. cities that graduate High School 59 %
Percent of US crimes that committed by a high school dropout 75 %
Amount of money a high school graduate will earn more than a drop out $260,000
Percent of black drop outs that have spent time in prison 60 %
Percentage of Hispanic dropouts that were due to a pregnancy 41 %
Percent of US jobs a high school dropout is not eligible for 90 %
Demographics of High School Dropouts (Percent who drop out)
National Rate 8.1 %
Male 9.1 %
Female 7 %
African American 9.6 %
Hispanic 17.6 %
White 5.2 %
Asian American 2.1 %
Foreign Born 20.7 %
Children of Foreign Born 13 %
Historic High School Dropout Rates
Year Total White Black Hispanic
2014 7.1 4.7 8.7 15.1
2013 7.9 5.0 9.1 15.9
2009 8.1 5.2 9.6 17.6
2005 9.4 6 10.4 22.4
2000 10.9 6.9 13.1 27.8
1995 12 8.6 12.1 30
1990 12.1 9 13.2 32.4
1985 12.6 10.4 15.2 27.6
1980 14.1 11.4 19.1 35.2
1975 13.9 11.4 22.9 29.2
1970 14.6 12.3 21.3 34.3
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