Facts and Figures About States With Highest State Funding for Rural Schools

Last Updated: October 26, 2011

This article appeared in the October 2011 Rural Policy Matters.

Question: Which five states spend the highest percentage of state education funds on rural schools?

Answer: Maine spends the highest percentage of its education budget on rural schools at (58.7%). Maine is followed by South Dakota (57.6%), Vermont (54.9%), North Carolina (49.6%), and Mississippi (47.8%). These states also have a high percentage of rural students. The U.S. average spent on rural students is 20.5%.

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