Ohio’s Rural Districts
List of each rural school district and its assigned typology .
What makes a district rural?
In 1996, the Ohio Department of Education created classification for different types of similar districts, referred to as the typology of Ohio school districts. Rural districts in Typology Code 1 (blue in the map below) experience high student poverty and low student population. Rural districts in Typology Code 2 (green in the map below) experience average student poverty and very low student population.
Map of Ohio’s Rural Districts
To create this typology, the Department used several data sources to classify like districts together based on shared demographic and geographic characteristics. As a result, the classifications can serve as a basis for a stratified sample of districts in the state. These classifications also allow researchers to focus on a specific type of district, such as major urban districts or rural districts with high poverty. Eight typology categories were created for the 2013 typology (one more than the 2007 typology). The rural typology classifications are described in the table below.
2013 Typology Code
Districts Within Typology
Students Within Typology
high student poverty and low student population
average student poverty and very low student population
National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) Locale Codes
Locale codes are a measure of the geographic area of a school district. The codes range from “large city” to “rural.” Based on the geographic standards used in the 2000 Census, there will be new codes for school year 2017-2018 and beyond . The current codes were used for school year 2016-2017 and before .
Ohio’s Alternative Definition for Rural