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States with the lowest per-pupil public school revenue, 2017-18

May 26, 2020
Utah had the lowest spending among the 50 states, according to the U.S. Census

Utah's public schools spend less per student than those in any other state.

Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that in fiscal 2018, Utah's schools spent an average of $7,628 per pupil. That's nearly $5,000 per pupil less than the national average of $12,612.

Here are the 10 states with the lowest spending per pupil in 2017-18:

State                     Per-pupil spending

Utah                            $7,628

Idaho                           $7,771

Arizona                        $8,239

Oklahoma                   $8,239

Mississippi                  $8,935

Florida                         $9,346

North Carolina             $9,377

Nevada                        $9,417

Tennessee                   $9,544

New Mexico                $9,582

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