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Table: Estimated lifetime income if high school dropouts graduated with their class in 2008-09


States

Projected number of nongraduates in 2009

Additional lifetime income if dropouts graduated (in millions)

Alabama

25,136

$6,535

Alaska

3,893

1,012

Arizona

23,834

6,197

Arkansas

10,931

2,842

California

175,011

45,503

Colorado

17,391

4,522

Connecticut

9,394

2,442

Delaware

3,783

984

District of Columbia

2,328

605

Florida

109,990

27,037

Georgia

64,052

16,654

Hawaii

6,202

1,613

Idaho

4,989

1,294

Illinois

46,130

11,994

Indiana

23,414

6,088

Iowa

7,859

2,043

Kansas

9,419

2,449

Kentucky

16,193

4,210

Louisiana

20,011

5,203

Maine

3,810

991

Maryland

21,133

5,495

Massachusetts

15,221

3,957

Michigan

46,295

12,037

Minnesota

13,999

3,640

Mississippi

16,246

4,224

Missouri

20,455

5,318

Montana

3,038

790

Nebraska

5,293

1,376

Nevada

20,722

5,388

New Hampshire

4,202

1,093

New Jersey

19,573

5,089

New Mexico

13,210

3,435

New York

81,079

21,136

North Carolina

46,675

12,136

North Dakota

1,777

462

Ohio

40,198

10,451

Oklahoma

14,707

3,824

Oregon

11,350

2,951

Pennsylvania

35,026

9,107

Rhode Island

3,377

878

South Carolina

21,873

5,687

South Dakota

2,348

610

Tennessee

24,856

6,463

Texas

133,160

34,622

Utah

10,503

2,731

Vermont

1,765

459

Virginia

33,540

8,720

Washington

33,850

8,801

West Virginia

6,913

1,797

Wisconsin

14,020

3,645

Wyoming

1,995

519

U.S.

1,286,915

$334,598

Source: Alliance for Excellent Education. The high cost of high school dropouts (2009)



Published October 7, 2010.  © 2010 Center for Public Education.


This study was written and researched by Jim Hull, Center for Public Education's Senior Policy Analyst.
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