As the final wave of kids head back to school this week, for the wealthy, that often means private school.
A new analysis from Trulia, a real estate data firm, showed that the penetration of private school enrollment is highest in the wealthier states as well as in states with strongly religious populations. Some 80 percent of private school students attend religiously affiliated schools.
On average, private school tuition nationwide was $13,640 a year for kindergarten through 12th grade in 2012, according to the Council for American Private Education. However, tuition at some elite high schools now tops $40,000 a year.
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Among the states with the highest percentage of private school enrollment are Louisiana, Hawaii and the mid-Atlantic states, which outpaced those in the Southwest and Mountain regions.