Economy
Spending of County Governments


Spending of County Governments

What does this measure?

The annual per capita spending by county governments, adjusted for inflation.

Why is this important?

Government provides critical services to communities, but the cost to taxpayers can be burdensome and can hinder efforts to attract and retain business.

How is our region doing?

The Berks County government spent just under $940 per resident in 2015, down from $1,030 in 2000. Spending by the county government peaked in 2002 at $1,510 per resident. County government spending across Pennsylvania has been consistently lower than Berks since 2000, and the statewide county government spending per resident was 15% lower than Berks in 2015.

Berks had higher spending per resident than all neighboring counties except Lehigh in 2016, and has substantially higher spending than Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery, and Schuylkill. At $655 per resident, Lancaster County had the lowest spending per resident in 2016.

Notes about the data

Figures are in constant 2017 dollars.

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Spending of County Governments
2000200120022003200420062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Pennsylvania$714$808$880$914$921$544$826$693$691$730$759$748$694$713$698$751
Berks County$1,063$1,114$1,557$1,409$1,418$1,045$1,178$1,030$1,168$999$994$967$1,053
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$916$1,192$1,065$1,215$1,073$1,079$1,043$1,038$935$858$824$807$791$795$819$811
Lancaster County$627$711$683$729$728$625$671$658$621$568$714$689$686$652$657$655
Lebanon County$559$524$534$541$731$770$731$794$773$757$742$684$661$690$778$769
Lehigh County$1,155$1,329$1,425$1,303$1,507$1,272$1,395$1,426$1,205$1,191$1,092$1,066$1,014$1,003$1,077
Montgomery County$769$889$829$802$836$865$874$863$836$789$763$705$686$720$676$674
Schuylkill County$801$983$1,145$1,090$1,066$847$914$842$781$659$705$586$605$693$690

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Notes: Data not available for 2005. State level figures only represent the counties that reported data. Figures are in constant 2017 dollars.




Total Spending of County Governments
2000200120022003200420062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Pennsylvania$8,768,330,774$9,937,167,056$10,849,295,203$11,307,710,419$11,428,340,579$6,811,215,242$10,381,997,765$8,736,649,093$8,751,906,655$9,278,045,408$9,669,540,474$9,544,381,657$8,866,373,511$9,123,498,693$8,932,256,964$9,606,129,011
Berks County$397,108,481$420,367,631$593,694,081$543,773,882$554,075,261$423,376,972$480,141,419$425,139,896$483,059,841$413,541,717$412,350,936$401,466,557$437,655,333
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$396,861,580$525,842,653$476,998,731$552,801,002$496,661,589$517,120,293$506,883,037$509,915,120$463,910,057$428,188,646$414,958,237$408,329,269$402,726,838$407,963,409$422,043,630$418,624,554
Lancaster County$295,337,196$337,912,836$328,047,810$353,800,596$356,740,440$312,886,393$339,903,620$336,868,664$320,606,198$295,149,349$373,803,325$363,228,837$363,571,994$348,161,565$352,393,990$353,063,023
Lebanon County$67,163,367$63,413,654$64,946,649$66,623,459$91,140,640$98,839,879$95,196,244$104,501,419$102,714,057$101,169,991$99,714,720$92,633,923$89,684,983$94,152,780$107,015,206$106,611,553
Lehigh County$360,027,002$418,434,147$452,036,525$418,949,891$491,649,274$428,245,998$475,490,443$491,449,970$421,277,361$420,734,018$387,492,983$379,044,204$363,302,674$361,577,301$391,250,272
Montgomery County$575,953,325$675,177,898$635,275,357$619,719,056$648,914,426$675,674,442$686,280,864$681,349,134$665,374,380$631,543,016$614,321,628$570,030,251$557,461,214$587,155,193$553,081,952$553,368,693
Schuylkill County$120,375,890$146,653,271$170,339,786$161,072,238$156,794,479$125,301,524$135,665,960$124,963,225$115,740,850$97,238,554$103,619,135$85,839,455$87,862,607$99,726,359$98,915,201

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Notes: Data not available for 2005. State level figures only represent the counties that reported data. Figures are in constant 2017 dollars.




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population Ratio Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Increasing
Local Government Spending Increasing
County Government Spending Decreasing
School District Spending Increasing
Quality Early Childhood Centers Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on High School Reading Increasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage by Household Type Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Health Status Decreasing
Managed Medicaid Enrollment Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Adults Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Children Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Youth Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Vacant Housing Units Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Maintaining
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Increasing
Tourism Spending Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income Increasing
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing