It should come as no surprise that the number of high schools dropouts are greater within cities as opposed to dropout rates in urban areas. What you may not know and be shocked at are the numbers. The magnitude of the gap in dropout rates is probably a lot higher than you would have imagined. The fact of the matter is that in the country’s 50 largest cities, only 53% of high school students graduate while urban high schools see a 71% graduation rate. That’s an incredibly large gap.