North Carolina ranked 45th in the nation in per-student spending on public schools in 2010, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released Thursday.
The state’s public school systems spent an average of $8,409 per-student in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, according to the report. That compares to national per-student spending of $10,615.
The report detailed spending across 15,345 public school districts in all 50 states.
Washington, D.C., had the highest per-student spending at $18,667, followed by New York ($18,618), New Jersey ($16,841), Alaska ($15,783), Vermont ($15,274) and Wyoming ($15,169). Utah had the lowest average per-student spending at $6,064.
Other findings from the report:
• In the Triangle, Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools had the highest per-student spending, at $11,167, followed by Durham County at $9,679, Johnston County at $8,053, Wake County at $7,727 and Harnett County at $7,342. The census report broke out numbers only for school districts with more than 10,000 students.
• About $16.6 billion in public money was allocated to public schools in North Carolina in 2010. Of that, $1.9 billion came from the federal government, $7.4 billion from the state and $7.2 billion from local governments.
• About 1.4 million students were enrolled in North Carolina public schools in 2010.
• North Carolina’s per-student spending declined 2.1 percent in 2010 compared to 2009. Nationally, per-student spending rose 1.1 percent.