The States That Spend The Most On Education

The U.S. Census Bureau has released some interesting financial data on education at the elementary and secondary school level.

The national average in 2011 for all states was spending $10,560 per student, down 0.4% from 2010.

Current US Spending Per Pupil for Public Elementary and Secondary School

The map below shows states color-coded by how much they spent per pupil on education for elementary and secondary school. The top spenders were New York ($19,076), the District of Columbia ($18,475), Alaska ($16,674), New Jersey ($15,968), and Vermont ($15,925).

US Public Elementary and Secondary School Spending Per Pupil by State

Spending mapped to display expenditures per $1,000 of income shows similar results, with West Virginia, Vermont, and Connecticut emerging as high spenders.

US Spending Per State on Education Per 1k Personal Income

Massachusetts Has The Lowest Divorce Rate In The Nation

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Marital Mediation charts the divorce rate by state. Nevada predictably has the highest divorce rate, along with probably the highest next-day divorce rate, but Arkansas isn’t as far behind as you might think.

I don’t see much of a pattern here, but Massachusetts and D.C. manage the lowest divorces per capita.

Divorce Rates by State 3-9-2013

Note that California and Indiana are not included as they don’t publish their current divorce numbers.

The U.S. Population Has Been Moving West And Slightly South For The Last 220 Years

The U.S. Census Bureau created this very cool map of the mean center of the population for the U.S., and how it has changed over time.

In 1790 the center was located on the east coast. At that point the first 13 colonies, all located on the coast, were the urban hubs of the nation. Over time, citizens have spread (and reproduced) west and the population center has moved deep into Missouri as of 2010.

The jumps every 10 years slowed between 1890 and 1940 as the mean location made its way through Indiana, but the shifts every decade have picked up traction again. This means that migration in the U.S. is as active as it has ever been.