Research Report Motor City Miles: Student Travel to Schools in and around Detroit
Joshua Cowen, Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj
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This report analyzes distances to school and enrollment patterns for 113,806 Detroit students in the 2015-16 school year. On average, students live 7 to 12 minutes’ drive time from school, but black and Hispanic students travel farther than white and Asian students. Less than 25 percent of Detroit students attend the school nearest their home, but most attend a school that is higher quality than their nearest school. Over 75 percent of high-quality schools Detroit students could attend are located outside of city limits; about 19 percent of students, most of them white or Asian, attend schools outside the city.

Research Areas Education
Tags K-12 education Secondary education
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center Center on Education Data and Policy
States Michigan
Cities Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI