In order to gauge the return on educational investment for 90 of the most populated U.S. cities, WalletHub divided each city’s aggregated standardized test scores in reading and math for grades 4 and 8 by its total education spending per capita. We then normalized the data by four key socioeconomic indicators.
- Education spending per capita is four times higher in Buffalo, N.Y., than in San Francisco.
- The poverty rate is six times higher in Detroit than in Fremont, Calif.
- The median household income is four times higher in Fremont, Calif., than in Cleveland.
- The percentage of children in single-parent families is five times higher in Cleveland than in Fremont, Calif.
- The percentage of households that do not speak English as their first language is 28 times higher in Santa Ana, Calif., than in Jackson, Miss.
- The average standardized test scores are four times better in Corpus Christi, Texas, than in Rochester, N.Y.
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|Cities with the Most Efficient Spending on Education||Cities with the Least Efficient Spending on Education|
|1||Miami, FL||81||St. Paul, MN|
|2||Grand Rapids, MI||82||Syracuse, NY|
|3||Richmond, VA||83||Riverside, CA|
|4||Mobile, AL||84||Worcester, MA|
|5||Tucson, AZ||85||Bakersfield, CA|
|6||Detroit, MI||86||New York, NY|
|7||Fort Lauderdale, FL||87||Buffalo, NY|
|8||Austin, TX||88||Springfield, MA|
|9||Philadelphia, PA||89||Yonkers, NY|
|10||Birmingham, AL||90||Rochester, NY|