Public Library Statistics Statewide Library Performance Indicators

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Expense Per Capita

View the most recent Income Per Capita statistics

Expense Per Capita relates library expenditures to the population of the service area served. It is obtained by dividing the library's total expenditures by the service area population or census/estimated population. Figures shown here are based on each library's total expenditures.

Service Area Population


Census/Estimated Population


Factors that Influence the Measure

  • Overall local economic conditions
  • Demands on local government for all public services in general and library service specifically
  • Community perception of the importance and value of library service
  • Political climate
  • Changes in the availability of state and federal programs

Interpretation and Use

Knowing the amount of dollars spent to provide library services is valuable information for public librarians and their boards.