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Metro Buffalo's per pupil spending among highest in U.S.

The Buffalo region made a list of best places in the United States for public education – based on how much money is spent.

The metro area ranked high in per pupil spending on a list compiled by MagnifyMoney, a website that features product comparisons for consumers.

The region's $20,773 per pupil spending in 2015 came in at No. 3 on the list, behind only metro Hartford at No. 2 and the New York City area at No.1.

The average spending per pupil among all the regions studied was $12,807.

The list was based on an analysis of public education finance data from the Census Bureau in 2015, the most recent data available.

It looked at only the top 50 metro regions in the nation and considered multiple factors, such as instructional costs – which include teacher pay and benefits – and capital expenditures.

The analysis concluded that Northeastern metros, like Buffalo, spent the most. That includes metro Philadelphia at No. 4; metro Pittsburgh, No. 5; and metro Boston, No. 6.

In contrast, the Salt Lake City region spent the least at $7,630 per student, followed by the metro areas of Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas and Jacksonville, Fla.

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