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The best school district in every US state

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There are nearly 100,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in the US. The best districts are coveted, and a high-caliber school system can be a key factor when a family decides to relocate to one city over another.

Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, provides a ranking of the best school districts in America — that is, the collective quality of all the schools in a district determined by a grade of overall experience.

The ranking includes key factors such as the strength of academics, health and safety, diversity, and the quality of teachers. Read more about the methodology here.

Business Insider searched the ranking to find the best in each state. Sufficient data wasn't available for Hawaii, so it does not appear on this list.

Below is the best school district in each US state.

ALABAMA: Mountain Brook City Schools

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No. of schools: 6

No. of students: 4,461

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: D

Teachers: A+

ALASKA: Skagway City School District

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No. of schools: 1

No. of students: 100

Academics: A-

Health & safety: A-

Diversity: C+ 

Teachers: B+

ARIZONA: Catalina Foothills Unified School District

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No. of schools: 8

No. of students: 4,948

Academics: A

Health & safety: A

Diversity: B

Teachers: A-

ARKANSAS: Bentonville Public Schools

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No. of schools: 18

No. of students: 15,497

Academics: A-

Health & safety: A

Diversity: B+

Teachers: B+

CALIFORNIA: Palo Alto Unified School District

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No. of schools: 19

No. of students: 12,527

Academics: A+

Health & safety: C+

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A+

COLORADO: Aspen School District

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No. of schools: 5

No. of students: 1,756

Academics: A

Health & safety: A

Diversity: C

Teachers: A+

CONNECTICUT: Westport School District

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No. of schools: 9

No. of students: 5,750

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: C

Teachers: A+

DELAWARE: Appoquinimink School District

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No. of schools: 16

No. of students: 9,877 

Academics: B+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: A-

Teachers: B+

FLORIDA: St. Johns County School District

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No. of schools: 51

No. of students: 35,268 

Academics: A

Health & safety: B

Diversity: B

Teachers: B

GEORGIA: Buford City Schools

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No. of schools: 4

No. of students: 4,173

Academics: A-

Health & safety: A+

Student culture & diversity: A

Teachers: A+

IDAHO: Boise Independent School District

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No. of schools: 51

No. of students: 26,240 

Academics: B

Health & safety: B+

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A

ILLINOIS: New Trier Township High School District No. 203

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No. of schools: 2

No. of students: 4,099

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: C

Teachers: A+

INDIANA: West Lafayette Community School Corporation

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No. of schools: 3

No. of students: 2,247

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Student culture & diversity: A-

Teachers: A+

IOWA: Ames Community School District

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No. of schools: 8

No. of students: 4,373

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A

KANSAS: Blue Valley Unified School District (Overland Park)

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No. of schools: 34

No. of students: 22,398

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+

KENTUCKY: Fort Thomas Independent Schools

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No. of schools: 5

No. of students: 3,053 

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: C-

Teachers: A+

LOUISIANA: Zachary Community Public Schools

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No. of schools: 8

No. of students: 5,331

Academics: A

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: A

Teachers: A+

MAINE: Cape Elizabeth School Department

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No. of schools: 3

No. of students: 1,627 

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: C-

Teachers: A+

MARYLAND: Howard County Public Schools

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No. of schools: 75

No. of students: 53,685 

Academics: A

Health & safety: B

Diversity: A

Teachers: A

MASSACHUSETTS: Wellesley Public Schools

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No. of schools: 9

No. of students: 5,067

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+

MICHIGAN: Birmingham Public Schools

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No. of schools: 13

No. of students: 8,182

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+

MINNESOTA: Wayzata Public School District

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No. of schools: 17

No. of students: 10,875 

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B

Teachers: A+

MISSISSIPPI: Petal School District

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No. of schools: 5

No. of students: 4,137

Academics: B+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A+

MISSOURI: School District of Clayton

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No. of schools: 6

No. of students: 2,228

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B

Teachers: A+

MONTANA: Dutton/Brady Public Schools

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No. of schools: 4

No. of students: 147

Academics: A

Health & safety: A

Diversity: C-

Teachers: A+

NEBRASKA: Elkhorn Public Schools

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No. of schools: 18

No. of students: 7,553

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: C-

Teachers: A+

NEVADA: Washoe County School District

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No. of schools: 115

No. of students: 65,682

Academics: B

Health & safety: B+

Diversity: A

Teachers: A-

NEW HAMPSHIRE: SAU 70

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No. of schools: 2

No. of students: 926

Academics: A+

Health & safety: B

Diversity: C

Teachers: A+

NEW JERSEY: Princeton Public Schools

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No. of schools: 6

No. of students: 3,390

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: B+

Teachers: A+

NEW MEXICO: Los Alamos Public Schools

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No. of schools: 7

No. of students: 3,509

Academics: A-

Health & safety: B

Student culture & diversity: B

Teachers: B+

NEW YORK: Jericho Union Free School District

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No. of schools: 5

No. of students: 2,960

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A-

Diversity: B

Teachers: A+

NORTH CAROLINA: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

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No. of schools: 20

No. of students: 12,090

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A-

Diversity: A

Teachers: A

NORTH DAKOTA: Ashley Public Schools

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No. of schools: 2

No. of students: 120

Academics: A

Health & safety: A

Diversity: C-

Teachers: A

OHIO: Solon City School District

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No. of schools: 7

No. of students: 4,720

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A+

OKLAHOMA: Jenks Public Schools

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No. of schools: 7

No. of students: 11,439

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: A

Teachers: A

OREGON: Lake Oswego School District

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No. of schools: 10

No. of students: 6,926

Academics: A

Health & safety: C+

Diversity: C+

Teachers: A+

PENNSYLVANIA: Tredyffrin-Easttown School District

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No. of schools: 8

No. of students: 6,553

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+

RHODE ISLAND: Barrington Public Schools

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No. of schools: 6

No. of students: 3,288

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: C-

Teachers: A

SOUTH CAROLINA: Lexington-Richland School District No. 5

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No. of schools: 22

No. of students: 16,738

Academics: A-

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: A

Teachers: A+

SOUTH DAKOTA: Brandon Valley School District

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No. of schools: 6

No. of students: 3,641

Academics: A-

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: C

Teachers: A+

TENNESSEE: Greeneville City Schools

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No. of schools: 7

No. of students: 2,826

Academics: A

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A+

TEXAS: South Texas Independent School District

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No. of schools: 8

No. of students: 3,376

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A+

UTAH: Park City School District

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No. of schools: 12

No. of students: 4,872

Academics: A

Health & safety: A

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+

VERMONT: South Burlington School District

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No. of schools: 5

No. of students: 2,429

Academics: A

Health & safety: A

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+

VIRGINIA: Arlington County Public Schools

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No. of schools: 39

No. of students: 24,559

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: A+

Teachers: A+

WASHINGTON: Bellevue School District

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No. of schools: 31

No. of students: 19,456

Academics: A+

Health & safety: B

Diversity: A

Teachers: A

WEST VIRGINIA: Ohio County Schools

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No. of schools: 13

No. of students: 5,453

Academics: B+

Health & safety: A-

Diversity: B

Teachers: A

WISCONSIN: School District of Whitefish Bay

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No. of schools: 4

No. of students: 3,084

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+

WYOMING: Sheridan County School District No. 2

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No. of schools: 10

No. of students: 3,390

Academics: A-

Health & safety: B+

Diversity: C

Teachers: A+

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