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School Districts Ranked by the Money They Spend per Student per Year

Students attending school in school districts that are well-funded are undoubtedly set up for more success. So, which school districts around the United States spend the most amount of money per each of their students? Of the 50 school districts that spend the most on their students, only 7 states across America were represented, a list that includes New York, Ohio, New Jersey, Illinois, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

From AAA State of Play comes this infographic that focuses in on which school districts across the United States spend the most money per student. The visualization and map includes the 50 districts that spend the most, and school districts in the Northeastern portion of the United States dominate the list, specifically in New York. For this study, AAA State of Play used data from the Census Bureau’s annual survey of school system finances, specifically based on data from 2018. Also with this study, only those school districts who had 5,000 students or more were included.

Of the top 50 school districts that spend the most on their students, 37 of them (74%) were in New York State, including nine of the top 10. Within the top 10 highest spending districts, the only school district outside of New York to be listed was the Cambridge City Schools district in Cambridge, Ohio, which spends the 6th most at an average of $29,435 per student.

Overall, the school district in the United States that spends the most on their students is Syosset Central School District in Syosset, New York, with an average cost of $32,125 per each of their 6,509 students. Only two other school districts out of the 50 listed spend in excess of $30,000 per student, with the other two being Great Neck Union Free School District in Great Neck, New York at $30,988, and East Ramapo Central School District in Ramapo, New York at $30,051.

School Districts Ranked by the Money They Spend per Student per Year Infographic

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