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 many other factors that contribute to student success, including socioeconomic and parental influences.

How is our county performing?

In 2015, Erie County schools spent $14,800 per student. This was less than the statewide level of $16,900. After accounting for inflation, Erie County's spending increased 27% since 2000, while Pennsylvania's spending increased similarly during the same period.

Spending in 2015 was highest in the Northwestern School District, at $19,100, almost double since 2000. Per-student spending in 2015 was lowest in North East, at $13,200, up 18% since 2000, and Fort Leboeuf, at $13,600, which increased 36% since 2000. The Erie City School District spent $16,000 per student in 2015, up 34% from $11,900 in 2000.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Per-student spending in Erie County was similar in 2015 to Luzerne County, PA, more than Stark County, OH ($11,500), and quite a bit less than Broome County, NY ($22,100). Erie County's rate increased more since 2000 than Luzerne and Stark (20% and 14%, respectively), but less than Broome (up 52%).

Notes about the data

Figures are from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and 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.

Per Student Spending
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Pennsylvania$13,305$13,605$13,941$14,189$14,876$15,015$15,293$15,455$16,014$16,736$16,692$16,647$16,030$16,051$16,205$16,936
Erie County, PA$11,635$11,446$12,396$12,512$12,608$12,955$12,390$13,321$13,226$13,473$13,968$13,868$13,240$14,401$14,187$14,799
Broome County, NY$14,566$16,244$16,216$17,513$16,630$16,704$16,953$18,466$19,704$20,876$22,744$22,098$20,805$19,767$20,456$22,099
Stark County, OH$10,041$10,757$12,026$12,786$13,105$13,120$13,100$12,378$11,577$11,781$12,058$12,329$12,145$11,136$11,031$11,451
Luzerne County, PA$12,337$12,176$12,512$12,826$12,413$12,269$12,928$12,633$12,604$12,914$13,621$13,635$13,813$13,869$14,134$14,762
School Districts
United States$11,600$12,046$12,443$12,577$12,678$12,850$13,078$13,491$13,816$14,163$13,837$13,311$13,002$12,822$12,939$13,419
Corry Area School District$9,902$10,346$11,144$11,355$11,937$12,118$11,772$12,146$12,281$13,141$14,290$15,202$13,721$13,985$14,098$13,738
Erie City School District$11,899$11,535$13,024$13,641$12,723$13,086$12,472$13,001$13,438$15,492$15,784$15,514$14,456$16,157$15,377$15,994
Fairview School District$12,390$12,239$12,890$19,472$17,249$12,354$12,059$11,373$12,034$12,678$13,138$13,863$14,031$13,275$13,834$13,836
Fort Leboeuf School District$10,024$12,608$10,761$10,114$10,359$11,198$10,715$10,157$10,401$11,849$12,187$12,457$12,444$14,496$13,638$13,642
General McLane School District$9,883$10,183$10,754$10,615$10,896$10,917$10,912$11,046$11,753$12,551$13,086$13,012$12,147$12,665$12,652$14,114
Girard School District$12,750$9,978$9,470$9,700$10,267$10,267$10,013$10,194$10,815$11,568$12,497$11,512$11,395$12,630$12,670$15,426
Harbor Creek School District$11,785$12,023$14,812$13,054$11,954$12,163$11,912$11,881$11,983$12,070$13,470$13,848$12,794$13,396$16,131$16,076
Iroquois School District$9,631$9,147$19,144$11,182$11,317$11,736$11,336$23,596$13,850$14,515$15,399$14,318$13,310$14,844$14,514$15,045
Millcreek Township School District$10,808$10,425$11,366$11,421$13,053$12,039$10,921$13,651$13,370$12,741$12,918$12,482$12,483$13,467$13,607$14,388
North East School District$11,228$9,705$9,564$10,107$9,649$10,227$10,392$10,543$10,651$12,345$12,868$12,666$12,758$16,050$13,499$13,196
Northwestern School District$11,872$11,809$12,455$12,316$12,190$12,242$12,455$11,977$13,103$15,239$16,028$19,762$16,488$16,469$17,899$19,127
Union City Area School District$9,838$10,620$11,651$12,069$11,930$12,331$13,522$19,019$13,841$18,067$18,893$18,516$17,152$17,671$16,471$17,222
Wattsburg Area School District$10,115$9,943$10,380$9,757$10,663$17,504$14,794$12,112$12,010$12,737$12,831$13,874$12,631$15,315$16,452$15,761

Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Notes: Figures in 2015 Dollars




Total Spending
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Pennsylvania$24,172,576,809$24,685,485,913$25,396,596,777$25,778,809,836$27,091,505,586$27,449,273,640$27,996,835,906$28,916,107,757$28,856,743,112$29,707,920,802$29,811,592,122$29,851,239,210$28,395,411,581$28,309,211,478$28,443,667,011$29,522,296,793
Erie County, PA$496,760,875$486,390,882$522,075,624$522,643,798$522,125,064$536,313,272$517,673,743$558,116,093$549,879,723$554,373,813$567,785,943$561,766,888$532,903,311$574,374,820$560,903,966$585,381,106
Broome County, NY$472,579,118$521,205,950$519,065,785$556,972,588$521,564,493$515,501,292$519,647,105$555,984,584$584,103,827$613,090,780$652,927,530$619,956,721$579,418,609$540,164,272$552,357,651$608,159,084
Stark County, OH$630,453,764$680,805,229$749,549,437$799,965,106$817,202,051$806,901,654$807,237,549$767,853,987$711,987,969$718,928,938$716,120,773$726,587,773$709,162,649$641,121,847$634,098,486$655,811,338
Luzerne County, PA$538,079,680$527,960,245$542,697,588$557,538,762$545,127,935$544,295,675$579,053,444$584,188,362$577,162,462$581,112,993$611,893,963$610,891,360$616,214,261$615,626,766$625,460,019$654,164,911
School Districts
United States$543,531,756,933$568,594,227,678$593,149,457,244$606,015,120,984$615,384,246,010$627,006,086,266$642,307,744,851$664,627,480,296$680,034,836,797$697,330,114,376$682,602,602,367$658,423,658,142$642,460,702,053$638,156,163,223$647,150,780,230$674,547,433,663
Corry Area School District$26,911,955$27,768,733$29,219,558$30,005,885$30,778,196$31,313,358$30,073,403$30,617,834$31,121,723$31,261,406$33,294,035$35,253,456$30,514,821$31,074,958$30,649,319$29,894,222
Erie City School District$155,251,207$154,148,785$175,209,705$183,955,899$172,760,939$179,380,648$171,539,013$178,192,033$181,512,645$192,096,377$196,084,984$193,185,146$178,157,573$192,396,846$180,528,743$188,970,862
Fairview School District$20,873,633$20,636,585$21,033,449$31,496,588$28,208,913$21,204,825$21,204,825$20,116,339$21,277,212$21,450,299$21,270,502$21,945,824$22,238,602$21,305,175$21,817,229$22,373,611
Fort Leboeuf School District$24,265,741$30,936,884$26,491,763$24,385,443$25,146,535$26,364,520$24,926,613$24,648,899$25,002,347$25,915,398$26,688,736$27,093,650$26,679,917$30,920,283$28,981,265$28,825,906
General McLane School District$28,301,253$27,898,836$28,927,975$27,927,694$27,971,449$27,166,525$26,569,257$27,060,590$27,481,975$27,524,114$28,684,040$27,950,168$26,165,322$27,623,705$27,795,715$30,669,862
Girard School District$26,331,183$21,172,223$19,743,128$20,338,299$21,200,479$21,823,587$21,163,486$21,939,293$23,132,949$23,541,172$25,231,883$22,781,637$21,900,165$23,389,606$23,008,992$26,886,805
Harbor Creek School District$30,191,610$29,671,838$34,989,892$29,406,407$25,917,320$26,585,416$26,452,533$26,739,031$26,338,933$26,891,139$27,061,942$27,640,688$25,652,863$27,219,655$32,601,076$33,294,630
Iroquois School District$13,911,485$12,957,727$24,982,074$14,147,687$14,567,057$15,353,574$15,084,121$31,316,515$19,468,154$18,767,584$19,525,876$18,497,957$16,557,776$17,500,379$17,358,732$18,325,801
Millcreek Township School District$80,691,739$77,517,989$82,963,378$82,713,346$94,803,956$88,908,400$84,129,902$106,375,663$103,945,143$94,520,023$94,561,670$91,053,538$91,746,244$98,926,807$98,107,640$103,663,845
North East School District$26,069,266$22,434,501$21,654,765$21,868,967$20,619,147$21,583,864$21,676,584$22,111,895$21,616,482$21,987,300$22,505,905$21,671,215$21,254,253$26,771,413$22,245,891$22,222,619
Northwestern School District$18,421,010$18,441,439$19,683,177$18,883,565$18,989,339$19,057,358$19,258,213$19,747,492$19,569,480$20,024,393$20,660,108$24,090,388$18,978,079$19,103,949$20,172,990$19,413,766
Union City Area School District$9,757,826$10,100,992$10,814,438$11,151,628$10,837,704$10,606,806$11,127,670$15,147,546$10,841,826$12,050,512$11,562,646$10,979,995$10,154,169$10,567,359$10,162,598$10,333,601
Wattsburg Area School District$19,320,637$18,647,667$19,439,283$18,368,014$19,586,243$30,516,373$25,837,302$20,937,969$20,341,375$20,456,278$20,709,569$21,976,336$19,400,858$22,742,496$23,723,428$22,175,047

Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Notes: Figures in 2015 Dollars




INDICATORS TREND | ERIE COUNTY
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employees Increasing
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Median Age Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Decreasing
Foreign Born Population Increasing
Household Types Not Applicable
Average Household Size Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Public Assistance Maintaining
Change in Average Salary Decreasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Employment by Sector Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Education Level Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Median Rent Maintaining
Student Performance in Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Student Performance in Grade 3 Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Maintaining
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Education Level of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Air Quality Increasing
Water Quality Maintaining
Recycling Tons Per Capita Maintaining
Solid Waste Per Capita Maintaining
Vehicles by Fuel Type Not Applicable
Mortality Rate Decreasing
Death from Heart Disease Decreasing
Death from Cancer Decreasing
Death from Stroke Decreasing
Death from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease Increasing
Hypertension Prevalance Increasing
Diabetes Prevalence Increasing
Asthma Increasing
People Without Healthcare Coverage Decreasing
People Without a Primary Care Physician Increasing
Routine Checkups Increasing
People Who Cannot Afford Healthcare Decreasing
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Children Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Teens Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Adult Smokers Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Decreasing
Binge Drinking Maintaining
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Non Smoking During Pregnancy Increasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing