New data show Utah still last in nation in per-pupil spending

Written by: Shawn Teigen

Is Utah still last in the nation in per-pupil spending?


Census data released on May 21 show that Utah is still last at $7,179.

Nonetheless, spending has been on the increase in Utah and nationally. In fact, U.S. per-pupil spending has increased for five straight years. It now stands at $12,201 per student.

That puts Utah at 59% of the national average.

But how are Utah students performing? Future Utah Foundation research will look at educational outcomes.

• U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 Public Elementary-Secondary Education Finance Data, table 11 row L,
• U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. School Spending Per Pupil Increased for Fifth Consecutive Year, U.S. Census Bureau Reports, press release, May 21, 2019,
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