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

Per-Capita State and Local Spending On Public Safety, 1997

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Rank State Amt.   Rank State Amt.
1 NEW YORK $611   27 North Carolina $333
2 Alaska 583   28 Pennsylvania 332
3 California 532   29 Utah 312
4 Nevada 530   30 South Carolina 312
5 Florida 493   31 Tennessee 310
6 Oregon 450   32 Oklahoma 303
7 New Jersey 447   33 Idaho 302
8 Rhode Island 435   34 Minnesota 300
9 Connecticut 434   35 Missouri 297
10 Massachusetts 429   36 Kansas 295
11 Maryland 424   37 New Hampshire 278
12 Arizona 420   38 Nebraska 278
13 Washington 397   39 Montana 270
14 Colorado 393   40 Indiana 266
15 Illinois 388   41 Arkansas 253
16 Wisconsin 387   42 Alabama 251
17 New Mexico 387   43 Mississippi 249
18 Ohio 376   44 Maine 245
19 Michigan 375   45 South Dakota 244
20 Delaware 366   46 Iowa 237
21 Texas 359   47 Kentucky 231
22 Georgia 358   48 Vermont 231
23 Virginia 354   49 North Dakota 209
24 Hawaii 342   50 West Virginia 169
25 Louisiana 337   U.S. average $400
26 Wyoming 336   N.Y.S. % above avg. 53.0%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau,1997 Compendium of Government Finances http://www.census.gov/govs/www/cog.html
Public safety includes police, fire and corrections; New York is ranked first or second in spending on each category.