Compared with the rest of the nation, Boston area schools spend far more than the national average (about 30% more). Many factors drive this spending such as cost of living and teacher salaries which contributes about 30% of per-student spending

Spending per student is an important factor in the quality of education but of course it is not the only factor.  Studies are inconclusive on how per-student spending impacts education outcomes.   

In the Boston Area, spending varies a great deal among different communities.  For example Cambridge spends $29,519.54 compared to Melrose with  $12,327.21 per student.  

Spending per Student for Boston Area Towns

Yearly spending per student for Public High Schools in the Boston Area towns are shown below.  You can sort the columns to compare the towns that scored the highest and lowest. 

District NameTotal Expenditures per Pupil
Martha's Vineyard $31,496.29
Truro $31,460.34
Provincetown $30,903.02
Cambridge $29,519.54
Wellfleet $29,143.08
Edgartown $26,821.43
Up-Island Regional $26,574.99
Eastham $24,827.61
Tisbury $24,177.05
Dover $24,038.92
Lincoln $23,426.01
Erving $23,318.35
Rowe $23,267.21
Norfolk County Agricultural $23,173.86
Orleans $22,559.95
Nantucket $22,414.93
Amherst-Pelham $22,150.62
Oak Bluffs $21,996.39
Southern Berkshire $21,905.90
Boston $21,903.62
Hull $21,812.73
Watertown $21,794.87
Lincoln-Sudbury $21,778.13
Burlington $21,749.93
Amherst $21,717.15
Shutesbury $21,370.72
Berlin $21,084.76
Dover-Sherborn $20,970.20
Berkshire Hills $20,668.93
Wellesley $20,380.63
Dedham $20,291.43
Brewster $20,168.75
Carlisle $20,052.30
Leverett $19,995.92
Rockport $19,966.88
Brookline $19,921.88
Mount Greylock $19,867.30
Mattapoisett $19,746.11
Lenox $19,476.31
Sherborn $19,462.80
Newton $19,395.94
Southborough $19,346.19
Framingham $19,188.24
Salem $19,177.69
Bedford $18,903.22
Mohawk Trail $18,759.74
Frontier $18,759.51
Wayland $18,750.94
Lexington $18,747.17
Lanesborough $18,661.01
Falmouth $18,630.20
Boxford $18,574.94
Richmond $18,437.68
Hampshire $18,421.52
Hamilton-Wenham $18,362.04
Westwood $18,310.15
Florida $18,310.07
Conway $18,192.14
Plympton $18,184.07
Needham $18,148.78
Westhampton $18,110.78
Conservatory Lab Charter (District) $18,101.94
Middleton $18,091.05
Harvard $18,016.05
Andover $17,985.83
Randolph $17,909.02
Wilmington $17,767.34
Ipswich $17,707.31
Pelham $17,677.56
Northborough $17,650.38
Mashpee $17,643.13
Sandwich $17,460.48
Lee $17,422.22
New Salem-Wendell $17,349.74
Wareham $17,327.39
Foxborough $17,325.63
Williamstown $17,321.37
Tewksbury $17,276.27
Norwood $17,224.14
Maynard $17,145.46
Hudson $17,108.93
Gateway $17,104.34
Plainville $17,041.31
Holyoke $17,004.08
Ralph C Mahar $16,945.13
Quincy $16,925.97
Sharon $16,892.96
Gloucester $16,878.39
Swampscott $16,876.41
Canton $16,860.89
Topsfield $16,823.43
Chesterfield-Goshen $16,774.31
Agawam $16,747.21
Avon $16,722.85
Monson $16,717.10
Stoneham $16,673.47
North Adams $16,672.71
Danvers $16,621.86
Nahant $16,602.43
Nashoba $16,589.79
Mansfield $16,588.06
Billerica $16,564.97
Sudbury $16,555.79
Gill-Montague $16,552.33
Amesbury $16,455.64
Norwell $16,455.10
Natick $16,393.24
Mendon-Upton $16,343.75
West Boylston $16,328.31
Millbury $16,326.63
Saugus $16,321.00
Marion $16,297.90
King Philip $16,292.94
Southbridge $16,245.73
Weymouth $16,189.07
Hadley $16,183.78
Holbrook $16,157.30
Rockland $16,123.15
North Middlesex $16,046.59
Wrentham $16,017.45
Spencer-E Brookfield $16,007.96
Scituate $15,995.85
Medfield $15,889.71
Lynnfield $15,888.18
Berlin-Boylston $15,883.10
North Reading $15,865.73
Brimfield $15,856.46
Hancock $15,842.97
Westborough $15,838.84
Walpole $15,820.24
Springfield $15,797.64
Bourne $15,782.86
Dennis-Yarmouth $15,777.23
Stoughton $15,774.93
Williamsburg $15,770.31
Barnstable $15,762.45
Central Berkshire $15,744.05
Whately $15,741.68
Quabbin $15,739.89
Acton-Boxborough $15,697.78
Groton-Dunstable $15,606.58
Wakefield $15,593.77
Bellingham $15,581.44
Hampden-Wilbraham $15,566.77
Petersham $15,553.90
Littleton $15,517.20
Pittsfield $15,491.99
Milton $15,468.91
Kingston $15,443.29
Old Rochester $15,407.08
Silver Lake $15,369.84
Westport $15,362.85
East Longmeadow $15,311.58
Duxbury $15,288.90
Palmer $15,268.32
Longmeadow $15,263.29
Sturbridge $15,251.96
Northampton $15,187.77
Carver $15,178.09
Peabody $15,154.88
Norton $15,136.54
Webster $15,112.54
Hopkinton $15,016.64
Lawrence $14,990.37
Chelmsford $14,953.95
Somerset $14,930.19
Tyngsborough $14,929.51
Greenfield $14,921.48
Fall River $14,910.13
Adams-Cheshire $14,871.43
Braintree $14,865.00
Chicopee $14,834.54
Middleborough $14,830.78
Ayer Shirley School District $14,828.88
Hatfield $14,818.95
Westford $14,806.40
Revere $14,778.03
Easthampton $14,741.36
Beverly $14,735.29
Holland $14,681.22
Chelsea $14,668.26
Milford $14,648.08
Dighton-Rehoboth $14,640.67
Sunderland $14,640.63
Rochester $14,633.81
Lowell $14,624.26
Millis $14,621.32
Hanover $14,615.48
Malden $14,614.24
Arlington $14,594.15
Everett $14,577.74
Franklin $14,559.65
Abington $14,527.10
Douglas $14,499.64
Brockton $14,491.29
Fitchburg $14,470.86
Ashland $14,469.60
Worcester $14,468.80
Westfield $14,445.16
Hopedale $14,427.72
Tantasqua $14,419.31
Ware $14,362.90
Pembroke $14,346.74
Belmont $14,246.31
Lynn $14,245.00
Worthington $14,236.98
South Hadley $14,229.06
Reading $14,201.96
Holliston $14,146.07
Winchester $14,121.68
Hingham $14,114.02
Sutton $14,088.23
Orange $14,062.25
Easton $14,060.13
Marshfield $14,009.66
Oxford $14,002.66
Dartmouth $14,001.83
Deerfield $13,992.16
West Springfield $13,976.32
Halifax $13,922.99
Taunton $13,916.79
Leominster $13,896.36
Athol-Royalston $13,888.08
Quaboag Regional $13,760.07
Shrewsbury $13,742.34
Winchendon $13,738.05
Leicester $13,710.96
Winthrop $13,690.31
Boylston $13,688.85
Swansea $13,665.86
Bridgewater-Raynham $13,611.39
Granby $13,599.34
Belchertown $13,575.36
Freetown-Lakeville $13,569.11
Auburn $13,463.61
Haverhill $13,418.95
Clarksburg $13,416.14
Whitman-Hanson $13,385.66
Hawlemont $13,331.38
North Andover $13,136.37
Narragansett $12,981.60
North Attleborough $12,914.39
Brookfield $12,890.10
Gardner $12,877.11
East Bridgewater $12,767.21
Grafton $12,757.66
Acushnet $12,650.83
Fairhaven $12,594.42
Dudley-Charlton Reg $12,547.19
Ashburnham-Westminster $12,523.08
Southampton $12,521.74
Savoy $12,487.02
Melrose $12,327.21
Dracut $12,326.67
Berkley $11,522.56