New York schools are second to none — when it comes to spending.

The Empire State expended more per elementary and secondary school pupil than any other state in the country in 2016, according to a new analysis of US Census data.

New York doled out $22,366 for each elementary and secondary schoolkid — 90 percent higher than the national average of $11,762, according to Empire Center research director E.J. McMahon.

The District of Columbia was second in per student spending, at $19,159, Connecticut third at $18,958, New Jersey fourth at $18,402 and Vermont fifth at $17,873.

New York’s per-student spending spiked by 5.5 percent from 2015 — the fifth-highest growth rate in the country, McMahon found.

Not including charters, New York spent a total of $61 billion on 2.6 million elementary and secondary school students in 2016, according to the study. Only California — which has 6.2 million students — spent more, shelling out $73 billion in 2016.

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