How Much Does Your State Spend on Public Education?

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High-quality public education indirectly benefits everyone in the form of safer communities and lower police and corrections costs. High school graduates earn more, commit fewer crimes and are more likely to access credit, manage debt and get insurance.

Still, what does public education cost, and what is it worth? The answer depends on where you live. In New York, every high school graduate costs $338,000 in education expenses, while Idaho produces high school graduates for a mere $131,000.

MoneyGeek collected data in a study to rank each state by education spending. Find out how much your state spends on each high school graduate, the percent of high school students who graduate and how it compares to other states.



Alabama

Alabama
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $194,000
  • Graduation Rate: 90%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 36


Alaska

Alaska
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $270,000
  • Graduation Rate: 79%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 5


Arizona

Arizona
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $133,000
  • Graduation Rate: 79%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 49


Arkansas

Arkansas
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $201,000
  • Graduation Rate: 89%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 29


California

California
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $188,000
  • Graduation Rate: 83%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 40


Colorado

Colorado
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $196,000
  • Graduation Rate: 81%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 35


Connecticut

Connecticut
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $244,000
  • Graduation Rate: 88%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 8


Delaware

Delaware
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $240,000
  • Graduation Rate: 87%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 11


Florida

Florida
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $166,000
  • Graduation Rate: 86%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 45


Georgia

Georgia
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $211,000
  • Graduation Rate: 82%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 26


Hawaii

Hawaii
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $171,000
  • Graduation Rate: 85%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 43


Idaho

Idaho
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $131,000
  • Graduation Rate: 81%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 50


Illinois

Illinois
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $196,000
  • Graduation Rate: 87%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 34


Indiana

Indiana
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $163,000
  • Graduation Rate: 88%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 46


Iowa

Iowa
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $230,000
  • Graduation Rate: 91%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 14


Kansas

Kansas
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $208,000
  • Graduation Rate: 87%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 27


Kentucky

Kentucky
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $193,000
  • Graduation Rate: 90%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 37


Louisiana

Louisiana
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $216,000
  • Graduation Rate: 81%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 24


Maine

Maine
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $211,000
  • Graduation Rate: 87%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 25


Maryland

Maryland
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $221,000
  • Graduation Rate: 87%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 20


Massachusetts

Massachusetts
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $217,000
  • Graduation Rate: 88%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 22


Michigan

Michigan
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $192,000
  • Graduation Rate: 81%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 39


Minnesota

Minnesota
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $238,000
  • Graduation Rate: 83%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 12


Mississippi

Mississippi
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $193,000
  • Graduation Rate: 84%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 38


Missouri

Missouri
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $197,000
  • Graduation Rate: 89%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 32


Montana

Montana
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $228,000
  • Graduation Rate: 86%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 15


Nebraska

Nebraska
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $240,000
  • Graduation Rate: 89%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 10


Nevada

Nevada
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $206,000
  • Graduation Rate: 83%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 28


New Hampshire

New Hampshire
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $221,000
  • Graduation Rate: 89%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 21


New Jersey

New Jersey
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $242,000
  • Graduation Rate: 91%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 9


New Mexico

New Mexico
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $198,000
  • Graduation Rate: 74%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 31


New York

New York
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $338,000
  • Graduation Rate: 82%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 1


North Carolina

North Carolina
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $161,000
  • Graduation Rate: 86%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 47


North Dakota

North Dakota
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $286,000
  • Graduation Rate: 88%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 4


Ohio

Ohio
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $222,000
  • Graduation Rate: 82%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 19


Oklahoma

Oklahoma
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $166,000
  • Graduation Rate: 82%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 44


Oregon

Oregon
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $234,000
  • Graduation Rate: 79%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 30


Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $253,000
  • Graduation Rate: 86%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 7


Rhode Island

Rhode Island
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $265,000
  • Graduation Rate: 84%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 6


South Carolina

South Carolina
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $222,000
  • Graduation Rate: 81%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 18


South Dakota

South Dakota
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $222,000
  • Graduation Rate: 84%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 17


Tennessee

Tennessee
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $176,000
  • Graduation Rate: 90%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 42


Texas

Texas
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $177,000
  • Graduation Rate: 90%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 41


Utah

Utah
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $151,000
  • Graduation Rate: 87%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 48


Vermont

Vermont
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $314,000
  • Graduation Rate: 85%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 3


Virginia

Virginia
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $199,000
  • Graduation Rate: 88%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 30


Washington

Washington
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $226,000
  • Graduation Rate: 87%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 16


West Virginia

West Virginia
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $196,000
  • Graduation Rate: 90%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 33


Wisconsin

Wisconsin
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $216,000
  • Graduation Rate: 90%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 23


Wyoming

Wyoming
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  • Cost Per Graduate: $323,000
  • Graduation Rate: 82%
  • State Ranking Based on Highest Spending: 2


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