school uniform statistics

School Uniform Statistics

School Uniform Statistics Data
Percent of all public and private schools that have a uniform policy 23 %
Annual school uniform sales $1,300,000,000
Average annual cost to parents for school uniforms $249
Cities with the highest use of uniforms in their public schools  
New Orleans 95 %
Cleveland 85 %
Chicago 80 %
Boston 65 %
Miami 60 %
Cincinnati 50 %
The following is a survey of Parents and Teachers regarding the implemented use of school uniforms. The percent represents those who marked "Agree" or "Strongly Agree"
Survey Question Parents Teachers
Policy has hindered self expression and creativity 34 % 5 %
Policy has hindered individual student’s personal liberty 36 % 0 %
Has promoted a sense of security 41 % 86 %
Has increased school pride and has created a sense of community 42 % 80 %
The school uniform has been financially beneficial for my household 49 % 86 %
Has addressed the peer pressure issue of "fitting in" by wearing specific brands 47 % 90 %
Has promoted positive student behavior 37 % 95 %
Policy has minimized disruption and distractions 38 % 81 %
Has eliminated competition among students 36 % 52 %
School uniforms have improved the learning environment 35 % 81 %
The Board should extend the school uniform policy indefinitely 42 % 81 %
Long Beach, CA implemented uniforms in 1995 and reported the following results
Long Beach Uniform Statistics Data
Overall, the crime rate dropped by 91 %
School suspensions dropped by 90 %
Sex offenses were reduced by 96 %
Incidents of vandalism went down 69 %
Assaults in grades K-8 decreased by 85 %
Norfolk, VA implemented uniforms in 1995 and reported the following results
Long Beach Uniform Statistics Data
Leaving class without permission dropped by 47 %
Throwing objects dropped by 68 %
Fighting dropped by 38 %

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Statistic Verification
Source: US Department of Education, NCES, ECS, NAESP, University of Florida
Research Date: October 7th, 2015

A school uniform is an outfit—a set of standardized clothes—worn primarily for an educational institution. They are common in primary and secondary schools in various countries. When used, they form the basis of a school's dress code. The stats below although taken from a relatively small sample size are a good indicator that school uniforms do at least improve student behavior. Whether the uniforms make better citizens of society and the workforce is up for debate.