City expenditure on police as a share of total direct expenditure 1977-2017

Between 1977 and 2017, expenditure on policing by the city of Wilmington, Delaware increased from 6.14 percent of total direct expenditure to 13.96 percent of total direct expenditure. Conversely, the city with the lowest increase over this time was San Francisco, were spending fell from 4.59 percent of total direct expenditure to 3.44 percent - although in neighboring Oakland, police expenditure increased from 4.97 percent to 6.26 percent.

Note that as these figures are based on the expenditure share, they do not indicate the increase in absolute spending over this period.

Expenditure on police by cities in the United States in 1977 and 2017, as a share of total direct expenditure

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Release date

June 2020


United States

Survey time period

1977 and 2017

Supplementary notes

To access data, click "create a table", select all, select years 1977 and 2017, select "Direct Expenditure" and "Police Protection" from the "Direct Expenditures by Function" menu, select "Total", "Nominal" and "Fiscally Standardized City" from the next three lists respectively, then click "Go to Table".

Values are calculated by Statista is based on the source's Fiscally Standardized Cities data. Fiscally Standardized Cities are standardized measures of city expenditure that factor in expenditure by overlapping governments, such as counties, independent school districts and special districts, allowing for a meaningful comparison of expenditure between cities.

Direct expenditure include expenditure on education, welfare, health, transportation, public safety, the environment, housing, government administration, interest on debt, utilities, liquor stores and employee retirement trusts.

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