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Back to School Fun Facts

As Hermosa Beach elementary and middle school students return to public school on Wednesday, here are some fun facts pertaining to education and the back to school season from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Wednesday marks the first day of classes for the Hermosa Beach City School District. Here's a look at some fun facts about the back to school season from the United States Census Bureau:

  • $7.7 billion was spent at family clothing stores in August 2011. The only time spending on clothing was higher was during the November and December holiday shopping season.
  • 79 million children and adults were enrolled in schools ranging from nursery school to college in October 2010. That figure represents 27 percent of the entire U.S. population.
  • 27 percent of students between the ages of 12 and 17 were in a "gifted" class in 2009.
  • 70 percent of students between the ages of 6 and 17 said they liked being in school, were interested in school and were working hard in school in 2009.
  • 11.8 million school-aged children in 2010 spoke a language other than English at home. Of those, 8.5 million said they spoke Spanish at home.

For Hermosa Beach students who intend to attend college, statistics show there is a financial reward. The U.S. Census Bureau found that the median yearly income of an adult with at least a bachelor's degree was $56,000 compared to $33,000 for adults who only held a high school diploma.

How much money have you spent for your child's new school year? Did or do you have a budget?

Is your child part of the 70 percent excited about school?

Let us know in the comments what you are doing to get your child ready for school this year.

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