U.S. public school expenditure by state as a percentage of GDP 2016

The statistic shows the elementary and secondary public school expenditure in the United States in 2016 as a percentage of the state gross domestic product. The 2016, the national average for spending on elementary and secondary education was 3.22 percent.

Elementary and secondary public school expenditure in the United States as a percentage of GDP in 2016, by state

Expenditure as a percentage of state GDP*
Vermont 5.34%
New Jersey4.66%
Alaska4.59%
West Virginia4.37%
Maine4.34%
Wyoming4.1%
Connecticut4.1%
Arkansas4.02%
Rhode Island3.97%
New York3.94%
Mississippi3.88%
Illinois3.67%
New Hampshire3.64%
South Carolina3.64%
Pennsylvania3.6%
New Mexico3.59%
Montana3.56%
Michigan3.49%
Kentucky3.45%
Louisiana3.38%
Alabama3.37%
Maryland3.35%
Nebraska3.29%
Ohio3.28%
Kansas3.27%
Massachusetts3.24%
Georgia3.24%
Wisconsin3.22%
United States3.22%
Missouri3.21%
Minnesota3.15%
Texas3.1%
Oklahoma3.09%
Idaho3.06%
Iowa3.04%
Virginia2.99%
Hawaii2.95%
Indiana2.94%
Utah2.88%
Arizona2.81%
Nevada2.76%
Florida2.75%
California2.75%
Oregon2.75%
Delaware2.74%
North Dakota2.72%
Tennessee2.68%
Colorado2.67%
Washington2.62%
North Carolina2.6%
South Dakota2.58%
District of Columbia 1.41%
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Sources

Release date

March 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2016

Supplementary notes

This indicator represents the relative amount of resources that state governments expend to support public education in prekindergarten through grade 12. It is calculated by dividing a state’s current expenditures for elementary and secondary public schools by the state’s gross domestic product (GDP). Current expenditures include instruction and instruction-related costs, student support services, administration, and operations and exclude funds for school construction and other capital outlays, debt service, and programs outside of public elementary and secondary education. State and local support represent the largest sources of funding for elementary and secondary education.
NOTE: GDP reported in current dollars.

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