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Total Population
(in thousands)

Students in
public schools
Students in
first grade
Regular High School
graduates (1995-96)
United States 265,179 United States 45,611,046 United States 3,770,420 United States 2,273,109
1 California 31,858 California 5,686,198 California 491,159 California 259,071
2 Texas 19,091 Texas 3,828,975 Texas 312,533 Texas 171,844
3 New York 18,134 New York 2,843,131 New York 235,237 New York 134,401
4 Florida 14,419 Florida 2,242,212 Florida 185,614 Pennsylvania 105,981
5 Pennsylvania 12,040 Illinois 1,973,040 Illinois 162,304 Illinois 104,626
6 Illinois 11,845 Ohio 1,844,698 Ohio 149,391 Ohio 102,098
7 Ohio 11,163 Pennsylvania 1,804,256 Pennsylvania 147,895 Florida 89,242
8 Michigan 9,731 Michigan 1,685,714 Michigan 142,124 Michigan 85,530
9 New Jersey 8,002 Georgia 1,346,761 Georgia 114,978 New Jersey 67,704
10 Georgia 7,334 New Jersey 1,227,832 North Carolina 105,756 Virginia 58,166
11 North Carolina 7,309 North Carolina 1,210,108 New Jersey 104,581 North Carolina 57,014
12 Virginia 6,666 Virginia 1,096,093 Virginia 91,234 Indiana 56,330
13 Massachusetts 6,085 Indiana 982,876 Indiana 82,221 Georgia 56,271
14 Indiana 5,828 Washington 974,504 Massachusetts 81,375 Wisconsin 52,651
15 Washington 5,520 Massachusetts 933,898 Washington 78,077 Minnesota 50,481
16 Missouri 5,364 Tennessee 904,818 Tennessee 77,450 Washington 49,862
17 Tennessee 5,307 Missouri 900,517 Missouri 70,875 Missouri 49,011
18 Wisconsin 5,146 Wisconsin 879,259 Arizona 70,180 Massachusetts 47,993
19 Maryland 5,060 Minnesota 847,204 Maryland 68,645 Tennessee 43,792
20 Minnesota 4,649 Maryland 818,583 Wisconsin 64,925 Maryland 41,785
21 Arizona 4,434 Arizona 799,250 Minnesota 64,508 Kentucky 36,641
22 Louisiana 4,341 Louisiana 793,296 Louisiana 64,136 Louisiana 36,467
23 Alabama 4,287 Alabama 747,932 Alabama 63,665 Alabama 35,043
24 Kentucky 3,882 Colorado 673,438 Colorado 54,565 Oklahoma 33,060
25 Colorado 3,816 Kentucky 656,089 Oklahoma 54,554 Colorado 32,608
26 South Carolina 3,717 South Carolina 652,816 South Carolina 49,497 Iowa 31,689
27 Oklahoma 3,295 Oklahoma 620,695 Kentucky 48,209 South Carolina 30,182
28 Connecticut 3,267 Oregon 537,854 Connecticut 46,391 Arizona 30,008
29 Oregon 3,196 Connecticut 527,129 Mississippi 43,401 Oregon 26,570
30 Iowa 2,848 Mississippi 503,967 Oregon 42,819 Connecticut 26,319
31 Mississippi 2,711 Iowa 502,941 Arkansas 37,370 Utah 26,293
32 Kansas 2,579 Utah 481,812 Iowa 36,614 Kansas 25,786
33 Arkansas 2,506 Kansas 466,293 Kansas 36,285 Arkansas 25,094
34 Utah 2,018 Arkansas 457,349 Utah 35,848 Mississippi 23,032
35 West Virginia 1,820 New Mexico 332,632 New Mexico 26,283 West Virginia 20,335
36 New Mexico 1,711 West Virginia 304,052 Nevada 25,398 Nebraska 18,014
37 Nebraska 1,649 Nebraska 291,967 West Virginia 23,092 New Mexico 15,402
38 Nevada 1,601 Nevada 282,131 Nebraska 22,224 Idaho 14,667
39 Maine 1,239 Idaho 245,252 Idaho 18,805 Maine 11,795
40 Idaho 1,188 Maine 213,593 New Hampshire 18,322 Nevada 10,374
41 Hawaii 1,183 New Hampshire 198,308 Maine 17,116 Montana 10,139
42 New Hampshire 1,160 Hawaii 187,653 Hawaii 16,683 New Hampshire 10,094
43 Rhode Island 988 Montana 164,627 Rhode Island 13,177 Hawaii 9,387
44 Montana 877 Rhode Island 151,324 Montana 12,706 South Dakota 8,532
45 South Dakota 738 South Dakota 143,331 Alaska 10,670 North Dakota 8,027
46 Delaware 723 Alaska 129,919 South Dakota 10,625 Rhode Island 7,689
47 North Dakota 643 North Dakota 120,123 Delaware 8,831 Alaska 5,945
48 Alaska 605 Delaware 110,549 North Dakota 8,788 Wyoming 5,892
49 Vermont 586 Vermont 106,341 Vermont 8,256 Vermont 5,867
50 Dist. of Columbia 539 Wyoming 99,058 Dist. of Columbia 7,912 Delaware 5,609
51 Wyoming 480 Dist. of Columbia 78,648 Wyoming 7,116 Dist. of Columbia 2,696

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STAFFING
Public school
teachers
Student-teacher
ratio
Number of
administrators
Number of
public schools
United States 2,667,419 United States 17.1 United States 204,282 United States 88,223
1 California 248,818 Utah 24.4 California 17,811 California 7,984
2 Texas 247,650 California 22.9 Texas 15,366 Texas 6,875
3 New York 185,104 Washington 20.2 New York 10,898 Illinois 4,185
4 Florida 120,471 Oregon 20.1 Illinois 10,295 New York 4,172
5 Illinois 116,274 Arizona 19.7 Florida 8,285 Ohio 3,876
6 Ohio 108,515 Michigan 19.1 Michigan 8,028 Michigan 3,853
7 Pennsylvania 106,432 Nevada 19.1 New Jersey 7,279 Pennsylvania 3,178
8 Michigan 88,051 Idaho 18.8 Virginia 7,000 Florida 2,801
9 New Jersey 87,642 Florida 18.6 Pennsylvania 6,947 Missouri 2,291
10 Georgia 81,795 Colorado 18.5 Ohio 6,667 New Jersey 2,279
11 North Carolina 75,239 Hawaii 17.7 Tennessee 6,488 Washington 2,180
12 Virginia 74,526 Minnesota 17.6 Georgia 6,331 Minnesota 2,116
13 Massachusetts 64,574 Alaska 17.5 North Carolina 6,116 Wisconsin 2,096
14 Missouri 59,428 Indiana 17.3 Indiana 5,064 North Carolina 2,005
15 Indiana 56,708 Mississippi 17.2 Missouri 4,510 Indiana 1,929
16 Tennessee 54,790 Arkansas 17.1 Massachusetts 4,315 Virginia 1,895
17 Wisconsin 54,769 Maryland 17.1 Wisconsin 4,270 Massachusetts 1,856
18 Washington 48,307 Ohio 17.0 Maryland 4,264 Oklahoma 1,828
19 Minnesota 48,245 Illinois 17.0 Washington 4,231 Georgia 1,798
20 Maryland 47,943 Pennsylvania 17.0 Louisiana 3,743 Tennessee 1,565
21 Louisiana 47,334 Louisiana 16.8 Colorado 3,722 Iowa 1,552
22 Alabama 45,035 Kentucky 16.7 Alabama 3,652 Colorado 1,531
23 South Carolina 41,463 New Mexico 16.7 Minnesota 3,593 Louisiana 1,477
24 Arizona 40,521 Delaware 16.6 Connecticut 3,337 Kansas 1,464
25 Oklahoma 39,568 Alabama 16.6 Iowa 2,968 Kentucky 1,407
26 Kentucky 39,331 Tennessee 16.5 South Carolina 2,949 Nebraska 1,396
27 Connecticut 36,551 Georgia 16.5 Mississippi 2,839 Alabama 1,345
28 Colorado 36,398 North Carolina 16.1 Oklahoma 2,794 Arizona 1,340
29 Iowa 32,593 Wisconsin 16.1 Oregon 2,703 Maryland 1,286
30 Kansas 30,875 Montana 16.0 Arizona 2,361 Oregon 1,222
31 Mississippi 29,293 South Carolina 15.7 Kansas 2,219 Arkansas 1,104
32 Oregon 26,757 Oklahoma 15.7 Arkansas 2,218 South Carolina 1,088
33 Arkansas 26,681 New Hampshire 15.6 Kentucky 1,903 Connecticut 1,027
34 West Virginia 20,888 Texas 15.5 New Mexico 1,863 Mississippi 1,007
35 Nebraska 20,174 Iowa 15.4 Nebraska 1,810 Montana 892
36 New Mexico 19,971 New York 15.4 West Virginia 1,702 West Virginia 869
37 Utah 19,734 North Dakota 15.2 Utah 1,546 South Dakota 832
38 Maine 15,551 Missouri 15.2 Maine 1,445 Utah 742
39 Nevada 14,805 Kansas 15.1 Hawaii 1,072 New Mexico 732
40 Idaho 13,078 South Dakota 14.9 Nevada 1,066 Maine 721
41 New Hampshire 12,692 Dist. of Columbia 14.9 Idaho 1,007 Idaho 629
42 Rhode Island 10,656 Wyoming 14.7 New Hampshire 965 North Dakota 609
43 Hawaii 10,576 Virginia 14.7 North Dakota 913 New Hampshire 512
44 Montana 10,268 West Virginia 14.6 Alaska 878 Alaska 497
45 South Dakota 9,625 Nebraska 14.5 South Dakota 862 Nevada 442
46 North Dakota 7,892 Massachusetts 14.5 Montana 815 Wyoming 411
47 Vermont 7,751 Connecticut 14.4 Dist. of Columbia 772 Vermont 395
48 Alaska 7,418 Rhode Island 14.2 Vermont 732 Rhode Island 316
49 Wyoming 6,729 New Jersey 14 .0 Rhode Island 569 Hawaii 249
50 Delaware 6,642 Maine 13.7 Delaware 561 Dist. of Columbia 184
51 Dist. of Columbia 5,288 Vermont 13.7 Wyoming 538 Delaware 183

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FISCAL
State revenue
per capita
Average teacher
salary
Revenue for
public schools

Current expenditures
per pupil in membership
United States
$3,884
United States $38,436 United States $305,051,963 United States $5,925
1 Alaska
$15,490
Connecticut $51,181 California $34,477,895 New Jersey $9,744
2 Delaware
$5,756
New Jersey $49,786 New York $26,564,743 Connecticut $8,580
3 Hawaii
$5,647
Alaska $49,140 Texas $22,372,808 New York $8,525
4 Wyoming
$5,334
New York $48,000 Pennsylvania $14,441,126 Alaska $8,231
5 New York
$5,262
Michigan $47,769 Florida $13,861,434 Dist. Columbia $8,048
6 Minnesota
$4,883
Pennsylvania $47,147 Michigan $13,437,615 Rhode Island $7,612
7 Washington
$4,784
Massachusetts $44,101 Illinois $13,161,954 Massachusetts $7,331
8 New Mexico
$4,734
Rhode Island $43,084 Ohio $12,587,117 Delaware $7,135
9 Michigan
$4,656
California $42,992 New Jersey $12,376,750 Pennsylvania $7,106
10 Oregon
$4,626
Delaware $42,424 Georgia $8,129,250 Michigan $6,938
11 Wisconsin
$4,615
Illinois $42,339 Indiana $7,638,406 Wisconsin $6,796
12 New Jersey
$4,481
Dist. of Columbia $41,436 Massachusetts $7,229,486 Maryland $6,755
13 Connecticut
$4,440
Maryland $41,257 Virginia $7,204,510 Vermont $6,753
14 North Dakota
$4,396
Oregon $41,093 Wisconsin $6,701,115 Maine $6,327
15 Massachusetts
$4,338
Nevada $40,817 Washington $6,642,158 Indiana $6,157
16 Rhode Island
$4,283
Ohio $38,944 North Carolina $6,515,608 West Virginia $6,076
17 Maine
$4,199
Indiana $38,722 Minnesota $6,109,916 Minnesota $6,005
18 West Virginia
$4,112
Minnesota $38,276 Maryland $6,042,059 Wyoming $5,971
19 Pennsylvania
$4,103
Hawaii $38,105 Missouri $5,571,655 Illinois $5,940
20 California
$4,063
Wisconsin $37,878 Connecticut $4,899,850 Ohio $5,936
21 Ohio
$4,045
Washington $37,860 Tennessee $4,411,971 Oregon $5,920
22 Vermont
$4,024
Colorado $36,271 Arizona $4,400,591 New Hampshire $5,920
23 Montana
$4,010
Virginia $36,116 Louisiana $4,154,494 Nebraska $5,848
24 Maryland
$3,951
Vermont $36,053 Colorado $4,045,015 Virginia $5,788
25 Nevada
$3,873
New Hampshire $36,029 Alabama $3,955,039 Iowa $5,738
26 Kentucky
$3,846
Georgia $35,679 South Carolina $3,889,383 Washington $5,734
27 Utah
$3,751
Tennessee $34,267 Kentucky $3,794,129 Hawaii $5,633
28 South Carolina
$3,671
Florida $33,885 Oregon $3,472,609 Kansas $5,508
29 Louisiana
$3,660
Kentucky $33,802 Oklahoma $3,251,302 Montana $5,481
30 Virginia
$3,612
Maine $33,676 Iowa $3,167,763 Georgia $5,369
31 Idaho
$3,544
Iowa $33,272 Kansas $3,040,600 Florida $5,360
32 Arkansas
$3,506
West Virginia $33,258 Arkansas $2,371,834 Colorado $5,312
33 Mississippi
$3,443
Arizona $33,208 Mississippi $2,259,053 Missouri $5,306
34 North Carolina
$3,438
Kansas $33,150 Utah $2,198,285 Texas $5,267
35 Oklahoma
$3,415
Missouri $33,143 West Virginia $2,082,049 California $5,258
36 Nebraska
$3,342
South Carolina $32,659 Nebraska $1,954,789 Kentucky $5,155
37 Iowa
$3,334
Alabama $32,470 New Mexico $1,829,725 Nevada $5,084
38 Texas
$3,285
Texas $32,426 Nevada $1,705,232 South Carolina $5,048
39 Colorado
$3,283
Idaho $31,818 Maine $1,499,504 North Carolina $4,929
40 Illinois
$3,282
Nebraska $31,768 New Hampshire $1,282,509 Oklahoma $4,817
41 Alabama
$3,243
Wyoming $31,716 Idaho $1,251,263 North Dakota $4,808
42 Georgia
$3,210
Utah $31,310 Alaska $1,219,017 Louisiana $4,724
43 South Dakota
$3,138
North Carolina $31,167 Hawaii $1,215,924 New Mexico $4,682
44 Missouri
$3,073
Arkansas $30,987 Rhode Island $1,193,754 Alabama $4,593
45 Kansas
$3,064
Oklahoma $30,187 Montana $991,653 Tennessee $4,580
46 New Hampshire
$3,036
Montana $29,958 Delaware $878,326 Arkansas $4,535
47 Arizona
$3,006
New Mexico $29,715 Vermont $812,166 Idaho $4,447
48 Indiana
$2,991
Louisiana $28,347 South Dakota $747,324 Arizona $4,413
49 Tennessee
$2,924
North Dakota $27,709 Dist. of Columbia $711,504 South Dakota $4,375
50 Florida
$2,827
Mississippi $27,662 Wyoming $656,713 Mississippi $4,039
51 Dist. of Columbia
-
South Dakota $27,072 North Dakota $642,984 Utah $3,783

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