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

State and Local Government Debt Per Capita, 1997

Table 28
Rank State Amt.   Rank State Amt.
1 Alaska $11,583   27 Oregon $4,037
2 NEW YORK $8,352   28 Maine 3,857
3 Massachusetts 6,790   29 Nebraska 3,761
4 Connecticut 6,620   30 Louisiana 3,725
5 Rhode Island 6,499   31 Montana 3,722
6 Delaware 6,456   32 South Carolina 3,721
7 Hawaii 6,205   33 West Virginia 3,693
8 Nevada 6,118   34 New Mexico 3,676
9 New Hampshire 6,028   35 South Dakota 3,660
10 Washington 5,989   36 Michigan 3,634
11 Utah 5,805   37 Georgia 3,458
12 Kentucky 5,381   38 Kansas 3,374
13 New Jersey 5,380   39 North Carolina 3,218
14 Minnesota 5,008   40 North Dakota 3,006
15 Colorado 4,996   41 Oklahoma 2,893
16 Pennsylvania 4,983   42 Alabama 2,892
17 California 4,846   43 Tennessee 2,882
18 Florida 4,798   44 Indiana 2,857
19 Arizona 4,669   45 Missouri 2,798
20 Vermont 4,515   46 Ohio 2,774
21 Maryland 4,421   47 Mississippi 2,560
22 Wyoming 4,376   48 Arkansas 2,379
23 Illinois 4,342   49 Iowa 2,192
24 Wisconsin 4,198   50 Idaho 2,180
25 Virginia 4,079   U.S. average $4,562
26 Texas 4,048   N.Y.S. % above avg. 83.1%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau data; calculations by The Public Policy Institute http://www.census.gov/govs/www/cog.html
Per-capita state debt in New York rose by 29% from 1995 to 2000, according to the Office of the State Comptroller.