Education
Per-Student Spending


Per-Student Spending

What does this measure?

Total spending by public school districts, divided by total pupils.

Why is this important?

Higher spending for schools can mean better facilities, programs, and a greater range of opportunities available to students. It may also signal public support for education and a better paid, more experienced teaching workforce. However, studies have found higher spending does not necessarily lead to higher student achievement, given the many factors that contribute to student success, including parental and community influences.

How is our county doing?

In 2017, school districts in Essex County spent about $15,200 per student, less than the statewide level of $15,900. This was a 12% increase, since 2008, in both Essex County and the state.

The highest spending districts in Essex County were Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical ($20,900) and Essex County Agricultural Technical ($19,300 per student). Outside the vocational schools, spending was highest in Salem ($18,700) and lowest in North Andover and Haverhill ($12,700 and $12,900 respectively).

How do we compare to similar counties?

Essex County's spending was below Middlesex, MA, which spent $16,900 per student in 2017 and Westchester, NY ($26,800).

Notes about the data

Figures have been adjusted to 2017 dollars. Per pupil expenditures are calculated by dividing a district's operating costs by its average enrollment across the school year. Comparable data were not available for Lake, IL.

Per-Student Spending
2008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Essex County, MA$13,634$14,311$14,283$14,076$13,971$14,092$14,345$14,793$15,242$15,212
Middlesex County, MA$14,897$15,584$15,497$15,313$15,352$15,583$15,841$16,385$16,718$16,856
Westchester County, NY$25,842$26,950$26,874$26,262$26,318$26,109$26,700$27,149$26,796$26,799
Massachusetts$14,171$14,858$14,667$14,552$14,559$14,755$15,035$15,453$15,818$15,911
School Districts in Essex
Amesbury$13,170$13,887$13,921$14,129$13,213$13,717$13,713$14,243$14,891$15,865
Andover$14,272$14,992$14,909$14,926$14,772$15,127$15,723$16,135$16,738$17,040
Beverly$13,079$13,881$13,781$13,861$13,684$13,291$13,583$13,639$13,981$13,964
Boxford$12,234$13,715$13,127$13,083$14,237$15,133$15,658$16,777$17,400$17,245
Danvers$13,732$13,961$14,193$13,966$13,797$13,923$14,108$15,107$15,427$15,748
Essex Agricultural Technical$25,467$27,501$25,488$24,790$24,560$24,358$24,488$22,204$20,113$19,262
Georgetown$9,384$9,820$10,283$10,757$11,222$11,634$12,220$13,032$13,376$13,483
Gloucester$13,712$14,750$14,402$15,057$14,883$15,246$15,511$16,615$16,748$16,451
Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical$23,099$24,278$22,404$22,627$21,484$21,442$20,369$21,260$20,924$20,943
Hamilton-Wenham$14,364$15,944$15,983$15,851$15,757$15,843$15,725$16,502$17,143$17,513
Haverhill$12,755$12,913$12,833$12,562$12,388$12,747$12,730$12,722$12,912$12,932
Ipswich$11,596$12,202$12,252$12,389$12,329$12,567$13,627$14,550$15,907$16,993
Lawrence$14,393$15,163$15,687$14,671$14,169$14,575$14,524$14,970$15,450$14,782
Lynn$14,796$15,576$14,791$13,838$13,913$13,857$13,691$14,159$14,079$13,632
Lynnfield$11,699$12,111$12,260$12,505$13,041$13,274$13,924$14,375$14,811$15,206
Manchester Essex Regional$14,798$15,635$15,268$14,465$14,391$15,065$15,400$15,837$16,675$17,448
Marblehead$12,674$13,435$13,753$13,869$13,877$13,370$13,686$14,146$15,023$15,568
Masconomet$13,857$13,687$14,297$14,003$13,979$14,072$14,771$15,949$17,050$18,064
Methuen$11,689$12,370$12,212$12,774$12,348$12,495$12,923$13,246$13,678$13,721
Middleton$11,213$12,699$12,881$12,818$13,058$13,384$14,372$15,587$16,486$16,519
Nahant$11,138$10,802$12,119$11,420$11,664$12,639$13,421$14,706$15,302$15,634
Newburyport$13,889$14,308$14,544$14,568$14,543$14,185$14,571$14,649$15,633$15,894
North Andover$11,930$12,509$12,676$12,535$12,388$12,383$12,310$12,467$12,908$12,738
North Shore Regional Vocational Technical$25,401$26,026$26,509$25,427$25,141$24,599$25,755
Peabody$13,601$14,231$15,008$13,871$13,910$13,044$13,758$13,957$14,604$14,582
Pentucket$11,526$12,365$12,086$12,192$12,621$12,971$13,316$14,344$15,120$15,194
Rockport$13,020$13,663$14,689$15,929$16,531$16,706$15,940$16,679$17,646$18,506
Salem$15,681$16,847$15,588$15,941$15,701$15,612$17,313$17,473$19,302$18,650
Saugus$12,077$12,658$13,226$13,883$13,549$13,697$13,908$14,650$14,941$15,821
Swampscott$13,520$14,080$14,171$13,812$14,676$15,308$15,322$15,611$16,515$17,216
Topsfield$12,355$13,468$12,553$12,926$14,041$14,916$15,093$16,298$16,150$16,897
Triton$12,286$12,869$12,931$13,577$13,611$14,153$14,713$15,499$16,139$16,323
Whittier Regional Vocational Technical$21,080$20,164$19,804$18,984$18,955$19,113$18,788$18,898$18,609$19,084

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, New York State Education Department
Notes: Figures are in constant 2017 dollars.




Total Student Spending
2008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Essex County, MA$1,608,670,290$1,679,487,014$1,677,753,682$1,655,771,037$1,641,360,197$1,667,936,530$1,702,813,993$1,761,661,538$1,805,732,336$1,813,506,992
Middlesex County, MA$3,230,424,863$3,370,653,163$3,366,335,061$3,323,161,210$3,330,042,882$3,386,189,958$3,467,163,216$3,586,393,332$3,675,489,242$3,743,374,654
Westchester County, NY$3,826,185,386$3,967,460,165$3,991,206,630$3,938,271,804$3,914,529,898$3,884,381,091$3,971,857,057$4,059,375,351$4,033,082,168$4,033,723,104
Massachusetts$14,024,012,349$14,637,251,152$14,465,063,682$14,327,817,290$14,254,634,569$14,485,353,826$14,771,559,553$15,190,354,083$15,537,512,409$15,703,195,950
School Districts in Essex
Amesbury$34,518,436$35,208,474$35,790,253$35,820,154$32,951,763$34,203,114$34,440,557$34,819,106$35,237,625$36,470,023
Andover$89,790,900$94,242,512$94,454,401$94,877,640$94,141,520$95,568,119$98,477,525$100,636,112$104,223,303$105,202,975
Beverly$61,715,668$63,175,831$62,399,703$62,540,238$61,991,751$60,715,680$62,449,832$63,771,665$65,532,671$66,163,191
Boxford$12,154,715$11,934,721$11,826,294$11,700,353$11,956,403$12,001,737$11,974,863$12,716,749$12,976,569$13,261,148
Danvers$50,437,623$51,899,960$53,419,573$52,533,192$51,381,416$51,793,326$53,089,997$55,548,219$56,870,745$57,208,656
Essex Agricultural Technical$11,108,800$11,756,869$11,627,758$11,814,952$11,678,177$11,567,467$11,445,878$24,735,451$24,757,165$24,905,605
Georgetown$16,442,940$17,117,877$17,847,732$18,321,723$18,623,061$18,646,353$19,106,116$19,719,212$20,053,785$20,152,420
Gloucester$51,684,402$54,244,415$52,694,095$53,700,114$52,249,580$52,170,193$52,901,191$54,624,071$54,659,495$54,634,308
Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical$32,383,175$32,129,457$30,685,177$31,134,853$30,240,365$30,016,302$29,800,087$31,080,723$31,196,316$32,257,988
Hamilton-Wenham$30,301,717$33,727,366$32,551,458$31,576,193$31,139,172$30,993,572$30,218,082$31,138,511$31,553,160$31,935,292
Haverhill$102,231,405$104,087,196$103,800,263$102,205,648$102,762,993$106,211,929$106,328,781$107,759,587$110,183,484$111,752,055
Ipswich$24,652,112$26,120,296$26,408,994$26,420,166$26,431,793$26,349,908$27,770,935$28,409,386$29,633,663$30,848,724
Lawrence$192,714,513$203,536,745$214,328,485$205,735,317$199,370,300$211,043,814$218,737,263$231,942,379$237,874,474$233,294,100
Lynn$208,099,128$217,829,503$208,559,011$198,264,645$202,284,243$209,866,050$214,760,041$230,426,283$235,822,773$233,282,178
Lynnfield$27,478,024$28,789,347$29,056,308$29,199,175$29,986,494$30,105,652$30,892,743$31,844,311$33,337,836$34,053,596
Manchester Essex Regional$20,841,688$21,979,578$22,579,646$22,254,582$22,733,098$24,060,079$24,345,704$24,162,581$24,413,227$24,916,342
Marblehead$42,507,399$45,554,000$46,471,280$47,339,027$46,777,896$46,201,194$47,903,581$48,547,711$51,122,870$52,671,497
Masconomet$29,643,242$30,007,730$30,454,090$29,680,046$29,298,775$29,452,271$30,430,943$31,758,603$33,317,119$33,965,473
Methuen$89,105,459$93,788,589$91,197,284$93,918,008$90,642,866$90,590,742$92,434,810$95,048,107$98,420,881$99,512,041
Middleton$9,954,190$11,309,615$11,225,873$10,651,436$10,655,376$10,920,363$11,109,934$11,793,163$11,685,464$11,693,500
Nahant$4,711,183$4,572,652$4,875,417$4,439,115$4,297,144$4,349,098$4,497,362$4,601,569$4,565,974$4,496,265
Newburyport$35,253,489$35,879,494$36,347,000$36,563,077$37,608,891$36,767,825$37,907,030$37,814,279$39,369,397$39,941,757
North Andover$55,473,129$59,188,995$59,842,871$59,624,631$59,509,868$59,916,587$60,151,550$60,693,224$61,796,345$62,609,990
North Shore Regional Vocational Technical$11,214,603$11,625,900$11,862,876$11,683,552$11,698,011$11,576,299$12,012,058
Peabody$88,299,488$91,977,572$95,463,521$88,750,777$87,357,252$82,825,461$87,875,509$86,413,043$89,218,972$90,139,588
Pentucket$39,984,397$42,036,260$40,664,197$39,605,766$39,590,558$39,466,297$38,738,149$39,859,211$39,509,843$39,558,732
Rockport$14,444,389$14,376,350$14,908,239$15,717,362$15,896,402$16,456,591$16,175,713$16,809,529$17,651,325$18,289,943
Salem$75,279,627$81,585,567$76,394,009$78,512,712$77,620,522$81,874,522$82,912,272$87,443,757$89,565,021$86,290,977
Saugus$37,696,747$39,048,049$40,341,607$42,276,752$40,969,564$41,250,125$41,718,800$42,914,790$43,499,409$45,191,354
Swampscott$33,257,121$33,512,681$33,654,018$32,653,406$34,501,194$35,532,046$36,081,194$35,615,211$38,201,389$39,513,679
Topsfield$8,764,537$8,913,411$8,545,900$8,563,535$8,824,852$9,075,017$9,246,272$9,982,797$10,347,224$10,812,119
Triton$44,136,917$45,326,853$44,082,009$44,479,384$43,228,575$43,353,228$43,366,572$44,880,547$44,861,305$44,075,078
Whittier Regional Vocational Technical$22,389,128$23,003,152$23,394,338$23,213,508$22,960,323$23,015,569$23,512,651$24,151,652$24,273,509$24,406,398

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, New York State Education Department
Notes: Figures are in constant 2017 dollars.




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