Education spending per pupil

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In May of 2013 the U.S. Census Bureau issued its report on per-pupil education spending and revenues for each state for fiscal year 2011. This report covers financial activity for the operation and support of public school systems providing elementary and/or secondary programs and includes: the instruction of prekindergarten through twelfth-grade children, support activities, such as guidance counseling, administration, transportation, plant operation and maintenance, and food services.[1]

It should be noted that these figures are reported by state agencies, whose accounting methods may vary. In addition, the statistics in this report were not adjusted for price and wage changes, do not account for discrepancies in cost of living and do not include capital outlays, interest on debts and payments to other governments. Appendix B of the Census Bureau’s report on education finances lists state-by-state differences.[2]

State per pupil spending

Between 2010 and 2011 the education spending in the United States remained relatively constant at just under $11,000 per pupil. The state with the highest per pupil spending was New York which spent $19,076 per pupil, while the state with the lowest per pupil spending was Utah at $6,212.

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Per pupil spending by state
State Rank 2011 per pupil spending 2010 per pupil spending Change in dollar amount Percentage Change
Alabama 40 $8,813 $8,881 -68.04 -0.8
Alaska 3 $16,674 $15,783 891.46 5.6
Arizona 48 $7,666 $7,848 -182.24 -2.3
Arkansas 33 $9,353 $9,143 210.17 2.3
California 36 $9,139 $9,375 -235.93 -2.5
Colorado 42 $8,724 $8,853 -129.03 -1.5
Connecticut 7 $15,600 $14,906 693.79 4.7
Delaware 13 $12,685 $12,383 302.28 2.4
District of Columbia 2 $18,475 $18,667 -191.77 -1
Florida 39 $8,887 $8,741 145.21 1.7
Georgia 35 $9,253 $9,394 -141.1 -1.5
Hawaii 14 $12,004 $11,754 250.45 2.1
Idaho 50 $6,824 $7,106 -281.98 -4
Illinois 22 $10,774 $11,634 -860.33 -7.4
Indiana 32 $9,370 $9,611 -241.61 -2.5
Iowa 27 $9,807 $9,763 43.68 0.4
Kansas 29 $9,498 $9,715 -217.09 -2.2
Kentucky 34 $9,309 $8,948 360.96 4
Louisiana 23 $10,723 $10,638 84.75 0.8
Maine 17 $11,438 $12,259 -820.45 -6.7
Maryland 9 $13,871 $13,738 133.09 1
Massachusetts 8 $13,941 $13,590 350.97 2.6
Michigan 21 $10,823 $10,644 179.9 1.7
Minnesota 24 $10,712 $10,685 27.04 0.3
Mississippi 47 $7,928 $8,119 -191.15 -2.4
Missouri 31 $9,410 $9,634 -224.14 -2.3
Montana 25 $10,639 $10,497 141.74 1.4
Nebraska 20 $10,825 $10,734 91.21 0.8
Nevada 44 $8,527 $8,483 43.79 0.5
New Hampshire 12 $13,224 $12,383 840.25 6.8
New Jersey 4 $15,968 $16,841 -872.73 -5.2
New Mexico 37 $9,070 $9,384 -313.41 -3.3
New York 1 $19,076 $18,618 457.79 2.5
North Carolina 45 $8,312 $8,409 -96.36 -1.1
North Dakota 18 $11,420 $10,991 429.07 3.9
Ohio 19 $11,223 $11,030 192.49 1.7
Oklahoma 49 $7,587 $7,896 -308.84 -3.9
Oregon 28 $9,682 $9,624 58.38 0.6
Pennsylvania 11 $13,467 $12,995 471.73 3.6
Rhode Island 10 $13,815 $13,699 116.79 0.9
South Carolina 38 $8,986 $9,143 -156.95 -1.7
South Dakota 41 $8,805 $8,858 -53.7 -0.6
Tennessee 46 $8,242 $8,065 177.47 2.2
Texas 43 $8,671 $8,746 -74.51 -0.9
Utah 51 $6,212 $6,064 148.56 2.4
Vermont 5 $15,925 $15,274 651.72 4.3
Virginia 26 $10,364 $10,597 -232.4 -2.2
Washington 30 $9,483 $9,452 30.87 0.3
West Virginia 15 $11,846 $11,527 319.2 2.8
Wisconsin 16 $11,774 $11,364 409.41 3.6
Wyoming 6 $15,849 $15,169 679.97 4.5
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011,Governments Division Reports," issued May 2013

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