National Center for Education Statistics
NCES per pupil

States with highest K-12 per pupil expenditure, fiscal 2018

Sept. 1, 2020
In 2017-18, public school districts in the United States spent an average of $12,654 per pupil.

School districts in New York state spent the most per pupil in 2017-18, according to a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics.

The report, "Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education: FY 18," says that public school systems in New York spent an average of $23,686 per pupil.

The nationwide average for per pupil expenditure in fiscal 2018 was $12,654. That represents a 0.9% increase over the previous year, the NCES says.

Of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, here are the 10 highest per-pupil expenditures in fiscal 2018.

State                            Per Pupil Expenditure

New York                     $23,686
Washington, D.C.         $23,155
New Jersey                   $20,316
Vermont                        $20,149
Connecticut                   $20,147
Massachusetts             $18,328
Alaska                             $17,726
Rhode Island                  $16,954
New Hampshire            $16,588
Pennsylvania                  $16,377

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