Rural Schools Map

A Colorado school district is determined to be rural based on the size of the district, the distance from the nearest large urban/urbanized area, and having a student enrollment of approximately 6,500 students or fewer. Small rural districts are those districts having a student population of fewer than 1,000 students. Rural school districts represent critical aspects of Colorado’s education system. —Rural Education Council

Please use the map below to explore Colorado’s 147 rural school districts. You can:

  • Filter for statistics in the Map Legend, or
  • Search for a specific rural district using the District Information field.

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  • Colorado currently provides an incentives program for rural education, including:
    • A limited number of stipends annually for students who chose rural school districts for their student teaching placement.
    • A limited number of grants annually for rural teachers seeking national board certification.
    • For more details about this incentives program or for information on teaching jobs in rural schools, contact:

Valerie JH Sherman, Ph.D., Rural Education Coordinator
Colorado Center for Rural Education, University of Northern Colorado; 970.351.3061

  • For more information about rural school districts in Colorado, visit
  • For job search resources, click here.
  • Many rural school districts team together through BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) to hire faculty to serve in multiple districts. For more information on CDE Regions and links to BOCES websites, visit