Who Rides the Bus?

According to information produced by Hoover City Schools, the percentages of likely riders indicate that a higher percentage of the 6925 likely bus riders are white.

The important statistic is about proportions, not percentages, as Leech correctly pointed out in her story in mid-September. And proportionally, black students are more likely to ride the bus.

Eliminating buses disproportionately negatively impacts black students in Hoover City Schools.

This graphic uses 2013-2014 enrollment numbers for Hoover City Schools.

Who Rides the Bus- (3)

Click here for an interactive version.

The Calculations

Spokesperson Jason Gaston stated that there are 6925 likely riders. Of those 6925 likely riders, 53% are White, 31% are Black. 16% fall into some other category.

That makes 3670 white riders and 2147 black riders.

The next question to be answered is “how many total students are in each racial population in the entire district?”

Then you divide the total number of riders within each racial population by the total enrollment of each racial population to determine what proportion of each racial population rides the bus.

proportion of bus riders

2013-2014 enrollment numbers show that of the 13,882 students enrolled in Hoover City Schools,

  • 8310 students are White,
  • 3435 students are Black,
  • 789 students are Hispanic,
  • 919 students are Asian,
  • 395 students are Multi-Racial,
  • 13 students are Indians, and
  • 21 students are Pacific Islanders.

Because Gaston did not provide the percentage of bus riders who are Hispanic (Hispanic is considered an ethnicity as opposed to a race), we left Hispanic students out of the table above to avoid placing students into a category incorrectly.

But, just to see what the numbers would look like if Hispanic students were a part of the “not specified” category, here is that table:

proportion of bus riders part 2

Proportions matter. Not percentages.