10 states with the richest school districts in the US

10 states with the richest school districts in the US

The discussion about whether higher spending on education is equivalent to better student performance has been a constant; however, studies suggest that higher spending per student can affect their future. We detail which are the 10 states with the richest school districts in the country

Not all school districts in the United States have the same level of spending and this has to do directly with the amount of budget that each zone receives and, of course, what it spends on each student.

Although the discussion about the relationship between spending and school performance has been constantly controversial, there are studies that do associate higher spending per student with better future academic and professional opportunities.

Public schools receive the majority of their budgets from local sources, such as property tax levies, and that is often one of the first factors that determine how much money districts can spend.

It is at this point that the statement that higher spending per student can positively influence their future becomes relevant, since there are hundreds of school districts in the country with budget shortfalls, and a few that can be considered rich.

The specialized listing site 24/7 Wall St. conducted a study based on data from the Census Bureau and the National Center for Education Statistics to determine which states have the richest school districts; that is, those with the highest annual expenditure per student.

As part of the study, the average family income was also taken into account in school zones with at least 100 students and with data on the income of their families, which was detected on average between $90,500 dollars and more than $450,000 dollars annually.

What state are the 10 richest school districts in?

1.- New York: Scarsdale Union Free School District

Annual expenditure per student: $29,937 (New York: $24,882)
Median family income: $466,343 (New York: $105,304)
District graduation rate: 99%
Student-faculty ratio: 12:1 (New York: 13:1)
District Location: Westchester County
Total operating school districts in New York: 1,057

2.- Illinois: Winnetka School District No. 36

Annual spending per student: $27,769 (Illinois: $16,281)
Median family income: $371,021 (Illinois: $95,115)
District Graduation Rate: N/A
Student-teacher ratio: 10:1 (Illinois: 15:1)
District Location: Cook County
Total operating school districts in Illinois: 1,056

3.- New Hampshire: Rye School District

Annual expenditure per student: $25,870 (New Hampshire: $17,457)
Median family income: $198,028 (New Hampshire: $101,292)
District Graduation Rate: N/A
Student-teacher ratio: 9:1 (New Hampshire: 12:1)
District Location: Rockingham County
Total operating school districts in New Hampshire: 308

4.- Pennsylvania: Lower Merion School District

Annual spending per student: $25,591 (Pennsylvania: $16,892)
Median family income: $218,005 (Pennsylvania: $87,262)
District graduation rate: 97%
Student-teacher ratio: 12:1 (Pennsylvania: 14:1)
District Location: Montgomery County
Total operating school districts in Pennsylvania: 789

5.- Ohio: Orange City

Annual spending per student: $24,437 (Ohio: $13,433)
Median family income: $243,210 (Ohio: $78,797)
District graduation rate: 92%
Student-teacher ratio: 14:1 (Ohio: 17:1)
District Location: Cuyahoga County
Total operating school districts in Ohio: 1,043

6.- Connecticut: Darien School District

Annual spending per student: $23,673 (Connecticut: $21,140)
Median family income: $365,528 (Connecticut: $115,337)
District graduation rate: 98%
Student-teacher ratio: 11:1 (Connecticut: 12:1)
District Location: Fairfield County
Total operating school districts in Connecticut: 204

7.- California: Hillsborough City Elementary

Annual spending per student: $22,821 (California: $13,831)
Median family income: $437,655 (California: $111,622)
District Graduation Rate: N/A
Student-teacher ratio: 17:1 (California: 23:1)
District Location: San Mateo County
Total operating school districts in California: 2,170

8.- Vermont: Norwich School District

Annual spending per student: $22,730 (Vermont: $21,217)
Median family income: $155,346 (Vermont: $83,767)
District Graduation Rate: N/A
Student-teacher ratio: 12:1 (Vermont: 11:1)
District Location: Windsor County
Total operating school districts in Vermont: 235

9.- Massachusetts: Dover

Annual expenditure per student: $21,018 (Massachusetts: $19,196)
Median family income: $373,970 (Massachusetts: $115,964)
District Graduation Rate: 92% (Dover-Sherborn Schools)
Student-teacher ratio: 12:1 (Massachusetts: 13:1)
District Location: Norfolk County
Total operating school districts in Massachusetts: 432

10.- Alaska: Cordova City School District

Annual expenditure per student: $20,803 (Alaska: $18,393)
Median family income: $112,521 (Alaska: $98,811)
District graduation rate: 85%
Student-teacher ratio: 15:1 (Alaska: 17:1)
District Location: Valdez-Cordova Census Area
Total operating school districts in Alaska: 54

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