According to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, the United States spends $11,392 per student every year. This figure, referred to as per pupil current spending (PPCS), varies dramatically by state. Some states spend over $20,000 per student while others spend less than $7,000.
Here are the five states that spend the most per student:
New York topped the list, spending $59.21 billion on the state's 2,631,532 students in 2017. The empire state spends $21,206 per elementary and secondary school pupil.
Even some smaller student populations fare well. The District of Columbia spends $19,396 on each of its 46,155 students.
New Jersey spends the fifth most — $18,235 per student. For states like New Jersey, spending may be paying off. In New Jersey, 45 percent of adults are college educated, and U.S. News & World Report ranks New Jersey's public education system as the second best in the country.
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