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Just the Facts - Key Economic and Social Indicators for New York State

State and Local Spending Per Capita, 1997

Table 25
Rank State Amt.   Rank State Amt.
1 Alaska $12,338   27 Maryland $5,080
2 NEW YORK $8,284   28 Tennessee 5,055
3 Wyoming 6,566   29 Georgia 4,986
4 Washington 6,436   30 Montana 4,954
5 Hawaii 6,415   31 Iowa 4,951
6 Connecticut 6,204   32 West Virginia 4,943
7 Massachusetts 6,173   33 South Carolina 4,935
8 Oregon 6,136   34 North Carolina 4,879
9 California 6,092   35 Louisiana 4,871
10 Minnesota 6,020   36 Florida 4,859
11 Delaware 5,958   37 Kansas 4,755
12 New Jersey 5,940   38 Virginia 4,685
13 Nebraska 5,766   39 Alabama 4,668
14 Rhode Island 5,752   40 New Hampshire 4,661
15 Nevada 5,501   41 Arizona 4,647
16 Wisconsin 5,470   42 Mississippi 4,612
17 New Mexico 5,402   43 Texas 4,549
18 Michigan 5,303   44 Kentucky 4,549
19 Colorado 5,298   45 Idaho 4,486
20 Utah 5,228   46 Indiana 4,371
21 Vermont 5,212   47 South Dakota 4,314
22 Pennsylvania 5,179   48 Oklahoma 4,262
23 Illinois 5,153   49 Missouri 4,256
24 North Dakota 5,141   50 Arkansas 4,157
25 Maine 5,110   U.S. average $5,456
26 Ohio 5,080   N.Y.S. % above avg. 51.8%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 1997 Compendium of Government Finances http://www.census.gov/govs/www/cog.html
Education and social services spending make up some 47 percent of total state and local government spending in New York State.