According to the U.S. Census Bureau, New York spent the highest per pupil on education in the nation, at $20,610, in 2014 – 87 percent above the national average. New York has long led the nation in school spending. This fiscal year, the state is spending $24.8 billion in education aid to its nearly 700 school districts, up 6.5 percent from the previous year. According to the Census figures, New York’s per pupil spending grew 4 percent between 2013 and 2014. The national per pupil spending was $11,009, a 2.7 percent increase from 2013, the figures showed. Utah spent the least per pupil at $6,500. After New York, the highest spending was the District of Columbia, Alaska, New Jersey and Connecticut. The Empire Center pointed out that salaries and benefits accounted for $14,289 of the per pupil spending, which more than twice the national average of $6,654.