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Back to School: Eye-opening numbers on impacts inside and outside the classroom

As schools across the country get back into full swing, here are some stats from the U.S. Census Bureau that reflect the impact both in and out of the classroom. PHOTO: MGN

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Today was the first day of school for Metro Nashville Public Schools students.

It kicked off the first day of class for thousands of students who got to meet staff and was the first day many students were able to meet new Director Dr. Shawn Joseph.

As schools across the country get back into full swing, here are some stats from the U.S. Census Bureau that reflect the impact both in and out of the classroom.

$8.8 billion: The estimated sales at family clothing stores in August 2015.

$17.7 million: The dollar value of rubber erasers imported into the United States in 2015. $10.3 million of that money was for erasers imported from China. The U.S. exported $2.6 million in rubber erasers in 2015, with Mexico being the biggest purchaser.

$256.9 million: Dollar value of binders and folders imported in 2015. China imported approximately $128.9 million worth of them.

77.2 million: Number of adults and kids enrolled in schools from nursery school to college in October 2014. That accounted for 25.6 percent of the entire U.S. population of people age three and older.

$11,009: Current spending per pupil for elementary and secondary public school systems in 2014.

11.8 million: Number of children ages 5-17 in 2014 who spoke a language other than English at home. 25.6% of elementary through high school students reported having at least one foreign-born parent. 8.5 million of children in 2014 spoke Spanish at home.

4,688: Number of colleges, universities and professional schools in the U.S. in 2014.

74.3%: Percentage of people in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering or math but were not employed in those fields.

$83,417: Average wage of full-time, year-round workers 18 and older with a bachelor's degree or higher in 2014. The average salary for full-time, year-round workers with a high school diploma or GED was $42,094.

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