There is no better way to gain at a glance an idea of the importance of the various classes of expenditures than to refer to statistical tabulations such as those found in Chapter II. Characteristics Of Public Expenditures.1 These tables will show this relation, as well as the general increase in expenditures. The following table will show the relative importance of the various items in the states, counties,

1 See pp. 31-34.

and incorporated places 1 for 1913, the latest figures available for all the units:2

Governmental Cost Payments, 1913

 

General Government:

     

States...............................................

$ 40,496,000

Per capita...

... $0.42

Counties...............................

102,335,000

" "

... 1.19

Incorporated places........

68,941,000

" "

... 1.50

Protection to Person and Property:

   

States..............................................

$ 25,066,000

Per capita...

... $0.26

Counties...............................

15,213,000

" "

... 0.18

Incorporated places........

140,697,000

" "

... 3.08

Conservation of Health and Sanitation:

   

States..............................................

$ 6,388,000

Per capita...

... $0.07

Counties...............................

2,815,000

" "

... 0.03

Incorporated places................................

60,434,000

" "

... 1.32

Highways:

     

States..............................................

$ 16,884,000

Per capita...

... $0.17

Counties...............................

55,515,000

" "

... 0.65

Incorporated places.................

87,170,000

" "

... 1.91

Charities, Hospitals, and Corrections:

   

States..............................................

$ 87,586,000

Per capita. ..

... $0.90

Counties...............................

37,816,000

" "

... 0.44

Incorporated places...............................

32,896,000

" "

... 0.72

Schools:

     

States..............................................

$132,575,000

Per capita...

... $1.37

Counties...............................

57,682,000

" "

... 0.67

Incorporated places..............................

223,896,000

" "

... 4.90

Recreation:

     

States..............................................

$ 1,983,000

Per capita...

... $0.02

Counties...............................

420,000

" "

... 0.005

Incorporated places................................

21,438,000

" "

... 0.47

Public Service Enterprises:

     

States..............................................

$ 3,461,000

Per capita...

... $0.04

Counties...............................

189,000

" "

... 0.005

Incorporated places.............................

64,194,000

" "

1.41

Expenditures of States. - The following figures for the expenditures of states are more detailed than in the previous table or the comparative one in the previous chapter. The figures are for 1918:

1 Incorporated places include all those with a population of about 2,500, and above.

2 The statistical compilations in this chapter have been made from reports by the Bureau of Census. See note, p. 31.