Table  2
Number Of Public School Districts By Type
New York State
1980 Through 2009

Type of District

1980

1985

1990

1995

2000

2005

2008

2009

City school districts

Other public school districts

Operating

Nonoperating

62

675

668

7

62

669

663

6

62

658

656

2

62

648

647

1

62

642

641

1

62

636

635

1

62

635

634

1

62

635

634

1

TOTAL

737

731

720

710

704

698

697

697

Since 1980, the number of districts has been reduced by 40 as a result of school districts consolidating to create more efficient units.  During the same period, the number of districts not operating schools has declined from 7 to 1.

In 1920, there were more than 10,000 operating districts in New York State.