57% of charter schools are in urban communities, compared to 25% of district schools. But just as states have different charter school landscapes, urban communities do, too.
Today, there are 150 districts where at least one in every 10 public schools students is enrolled in a charter school, according to the latest data collected by the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools. There are also many urban districts with smaller shares of students enrolled in charter schools. Memphis and New York City, for example, both have 7% of students enrolled in charters, according to NAPCS.
National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education: Number and percentage distribution of public elementary and secondary students and schools, by traditional or charter school status and selected characteristics: Selected years, 1999-2000 through 2012-13
National Alliance of Public Charter Schools: A Growing Movement: America’s Largest Charter School Communities, December 2014.