Public Library Statistics Statewide Library Performance Indicators

For additional information, visit the Reports and Charts section of the Statistics Manual.

Income Per Capita

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Income Per Capita relates library income to the population of the service area served. It is obtained by dividing the library's total income by the service area population or census/estimated population. Figures shown here are based on each library's total income, which includes city, district, county, state, federal, and other income.

Service Area Population


Census/Estimated Population


Factors that Influence the Measure

  • Overall local economic conditions
  • Changing tax base
  • 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 grants

Interpretation and Use

Knowing the extent to which a city, district or county government is providing the financial support possible for its library is valuable information for public librarians and their boards.