2017 Places with the Best Public Schools Methodology

The 2017 Places with the Best Public Schools ranking provides a comprehensive overall assessment of the public education available in an area. This ranking takes into account the grades of all the public schools of the district(s) that serve an area and weighs each school’s score by the number of students the school serves. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Niche Public Schools Score Based on the average Niche K-12 Overall Grade for every public school serving the area, where each school is weighted by the number of students it serves. Niche 100.0%

This ranking assesses 12,574 places in the U.S. The same methodology is used to produce the Public Schools Grade for each ranked place. Statistics are primarily obtained from the U.S. Census and represent the most recent data available.

For more details about how we calculate our rankings, click here.