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 over $1,050 per resident in 2017, down from $1,090 in 2000. Spending by the county government peaked in 2002 at $1,600 per resident. County government spending across Pennsylvania has been consistently lower than Berks since 2000, and the statewide county government spending per resident was 26% lower than Berks in 2017.

Berks had higher spending per resident than all neighboring counties except Lehigh in 2017, and has substantially higher spending than Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery, and Schuylkill. At $680 per resident, Lancaster County had the lowest spending per resident in 2017.

Notes about the data

Figures are in constant 2018 dollars. Comparable national data are not available.

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Spending of County Governments
20002001200220032004200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania$731$828$901$936$943$558$847$710$708$748$777$766$711$731$716$770$778
Berks County$1,089$1,141$1,595$1,444$1,452$1,070$1,206$1,055$1,197$1,023$1,019$991$1,078$1,053
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$938$1,221$1,091$1,244$1,099$1,106$1,068$1,063$958$879$844$827$810$815$839$830$839
Lancaster County$643$728$700$747$746$640$687$674$636$582$731$706$703$669$674$672$678
Lebanon County$572$537$547$554$749$789$749$814$791$776$760$700$677$706$797$789$825
Lehigh County$1,183$1,362$1,460$1,335$1,544$1,303$1,429$1,460$1,234$1,220$1,119$1,093$1,040$1,030$1,107$1,131
Montgomery County$787$911$850$822$856$886$895$884$857$809$782$722$703$737$693$691$794
Schuylkill County$821$1,007$1,173$1,116$1,092$867$936$863$800$675$722$600$619$709$706$716

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 2018 dollars.




Total Spending of County Governments
20002001200220032004200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania$8,982,495,250$10,179,880,091$11,114,286,759$11,583,898,662$11,707,475,187$6,977,577,618$10,635,575,689$8,950,039,751$8,965,669,975$9,504,659,548$9,905,716,791$9,777,500,998$9,082,932,659$9,346,338,064$9,150,425,300$9,840,756,517$9,949,265,203
Berks County$406,807,765$430,635,014$608,194,924$557,055,434$567,608,423$433,717,858$491,868,763$435,523,840$494,858,467$423,642,379$422,422,514$411,272,286$448,344,965$439,835,189
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$406,554,834$538,686,240$488,649,316$566,303,041$508,792,434$529,750,838$519,263,539$522,369,680$475,240,954$438,647,056$425,093,498$418,302,618$412,563,349$417,927,822$432,351,949$428,849,363$435,593,917
Lancaster County$302,550,740$346,166,280$336,060,303$362,442,094$365,453,743$320,528,572$348,205,689$345,096,604$328,436,931$302,358,304$382,933,386$372,100,618$372,452,157$356,665,332$361,001,133$361,686,507$366,722,189
Lebanon County$68,803,817$64,962,518$66,532,956$68,250,722$93,366,730$101,254,020$97,521,391$107,053,842$105,222,824$103,641,045$102,150,229$94,896,486$91,875,518$96,452,440$109,629,028$109,215,515$115,077,677
Lehigh County$368,820,579$428,654,306$463,077,414$429,182,646$503,657,695$438,705,809$487,104,188$503,453,523$431,566,965$431,010,350$396,957,411$388,302,272$372,176,259$370,408,744$400,806,471$413,252,394
Montgomery County$590,020,854$691,668,964$650,791,812$634,855,552$664,764,013$692,177,636$703,043,118$697,990,931$681,625,997$646,968,310$629,326,294$583,953,109$571,077,076$601,496,324$566,590,852$566,884,597$654,559,791
Schuylkill County$123,316,043$150,235,244$174,500,297$165,006,391$160,624,148$128,361,985$138,979,570$128,015,424$118,567,794$99,613,584$106,150,009$87,936,064$90,008,631$102,162,153$101,331,182$102,169,971

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 2018 dollars.




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