When looking for a place to move, the quality of education is an important factor in many family decisions. After college, many teachers seek good pay, but states differ on education spending. Here is a ranking of each state based on how much money is spent on education staff per capita. The figures come from U.S. Census data from 2009 on total amount spent on education staff compared to the total number of children in each state.

51 New York

Amount spent per capita: $13,547.52

Child population: 3,741,689

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50 New Jersey

Amount spent per capita: $13,393.04

Child population: 1,750,184

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49 Alaska

Amount spent per capita: $13,217.12

Child population: 153,844

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48 Vermont

Amount spent per capita: $11,813.29

Child population: 118,303

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47 Connecticut

Amount spent per capita: $11,476.25

Child population: 713,670

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46 Wyoming

Amount spent per capita: $11,451.65

Child population: 111,310

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45 Massachusetts

Amount spent per capita: $11,138.89

Child population: 1,254,056

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44 Rhode Island

Amount spent per capita: $10,218.25

Child population: 204,310

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43 Maine

Amount spent per capita: $9,897.88

Child population: 241,439

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42 Maryland

Amount spent per capita: $9,871.87

Child population: 1,152,138

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41 New Hampshire

Amount spent per capita: $9,543.97

Child population: 255,996

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40 Hawaii

Amount spent per capita: $8,968.28

Child population: 250,894

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39 Pennsylvania

Amount spent per capita: $8,815.45

Child population: 2,449,852

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38 West Virginia

Amount spent per capita: $8,804.00

Child population: 335,153

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37 Illinois

Amount spent per capita: $8,725.48

Child population: 2,660,945

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36 Minnesota

Amount spent per capita: $8,674.70

Child population: 1,075,707

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35 Virginia

Amount spent per capita: $8,629.15

Child population: 1,574,060

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34 Wisconsin

Amount spent per capita: $8,492.30

Child population: 1,143,753

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33 Delaware

Amount spent per capita: $8,177.26

Child population: 177,917

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32 District of Columbia

Amount spent per capita: $8,115.06

Child population: 91,107

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31 Michigan

Amount spent per capita: $8,108.04

Child population: 2,052,599

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30 Ohio

Amount spent per capita: $8,102.94

Child population: 2,346,270

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29 Kansas

Amount spent per capita: $7,742.64

Child population: 605,152

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28 Nebraska

Amount spent per capita: $7,720.39

Child population: 380,564

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27 California

Amount spent per capita: $7,710.30

Child population: 7,920,709

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26 Iowa

Amount spent per capita: $7,689.92

Child population: 618,387

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25 Oregon

Amount spent per capita: $7,660.20

Child population: 734,627

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24 Georgia

Amount spent per capita: $7,655.06

Child population: 2,094,844

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23 North Dakota

Amount spent per capita: $7,608.61

Child population: 127,340

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22 Montana

Amount spent per capita: $7,595.84

Child population: 188,613

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21 Washington

Amount spent per capita: $7,486.18

Child population: 1,330,238

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20 Louisiana

Amount spent per capita: $7,450.18

Child population: 939,977

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19 Arkansas

Amount spent per capita: $7,427.98

Child population: 598,241

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18 South Carolina

Amount spent per capita: $7,283.20

Child population: 922,128

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17 Missouri

Amount spent per capita: $7,211.30

Child population: 1,211,174

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16 New Mexico

Amount spent per capita: $7,145.17

Child population: 434,860

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15 Indiana

Amount spent per capita: $7,072.25

Child population: 1,372,507

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14 Texas

Amount spent per capita: $7,023.18

Child population: 5,693,241

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13 Colorado

Amount spent per capita: $7,001.81

Child population: 1,020,732

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12 Alabama

Amount spent per capita: $6,927.40

Child population: 971,355

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11 Kentucky
OZinOH via Flickr

Amount spent per capita: $6,865.19

Child population: 863,837

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10 Florida
StuSteeger via Flickr

Amount spent per capita: $6,831.85

Child population: 3,439,484

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9 Oklahoma

Amount spent per capita: $6,830.20

Child population: 777,484

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8 Nevada

Amount spent per capita: $6,654.01

Child population: 548,850

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7 North Carolina
taberandrew via Flickr

Amount spent per capita: $6,510.39

Child population: 1,926,640

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6 South Dakota

Amount spent per capita: $6,478.20

Child population: 167,119

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5 Mississippi

Amount spent per capita: $6,241.97

Child population: 638,539

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4 Tennessee
Reading Tom via Flickr

Amount spent per capita: $6,111.74

Child population: 1,268,308

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3 Arizona
AI_HikesAZ via Flickr

Amount spent per capita: $5,671.59

Child population: 1,363,926

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2 Idaho
J. Stephen Conn via Flickr

Amount spent per capita: $5,387.20

Child population: 353,509

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1 Utah

Amount spent per capita: $4,993.32

Child population: 698,613

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