Economy
Spending of School Districts


Spending of School Districts

What does this measure?

The annual per capita spending for public education in a county, adjusted for inflation.

Why is this important?

Free public education was long ago embraced as a cornerstone of a fair society. Schools must prepare the next generation to become productive members of society and compete in the global economy. Yet the cost of public education has been rising more rapidly than many other goods and services and can become a burden to taxpayers, particularly those on fixed incomes or whose incomes are not keeping pace with tax increases

How is our region doing?

Schools in Berks County spend $2,850 per resident in 2017, up 43% from $2,000 in 2001. Berk's spent more per resident than Pennsylvania in 2017, and has spent more than the state each year since 2001.

Compared to neighboring counties, Berk's spent more per resident than Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, and Schuylkill in 2017, but less than Chester and Montgomery. At $3,040, Chester County had the highest school spending per resident, while Schuylkill County (at $2,100) spent the least.

Notes about the data

For additional detail as to how the Berks County regions are defined and which boroughs and townships are included in each, see the About Us page.

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Figures are in constant 2017 dollars.

Spending of School Districts
20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania$1,827$1,894$1,945$2,028$2,068$2,121$2,157$2,182$2,242$2,284$2,291$2,227$2,274$2,286$2,400$2,447$2,575
Berks County$1,997$2,025$2,078$2,143$2,233$2,298$2,425$2,412$2,529$2,616$2,573$2,579$2,642$2,555$2,804$2,716$2,852
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$2,123$2,206$2,310$2,446$2,516$2,614$2,702$2,751$2,883$2,941$2,928$2,938$3,038$2,999$3,233$3,212$3,036
Lancaster County$1,665$1,686$1,735$1,772$1,775$1,801$1,897$1,930$2,000$1,994$1,962$1,917$1,955$1,976$2,063$2,077$2,152
Lebanon County$1,643$1,716$1,695$1,734$1,777$1,805$1,903$1,993$2,010$2,080$1,943$1,926$2,026$2,026$2,020$2,098$2,157
Lehigh County$1,731$1,782$1,818$1,899$1,959$2,001$2,067$2,079$2,182$2,224$2,256$2,225$2,238$2,302$2,373$2,483$2,562
Montgomery County$2,003$2,087$2,175$2,297$2,351$2,467$2,501$2,527$2,582$2,592$2,563$2,538$2,565$2,604$2,713$2,752$2,987
Schuylkill County$1,566$1,633$1,824$1,674$1,883$1,777$1,706$1,732$1,852$1,992$1,839$2,033$1,852$2,009$2,299$2,231$2,097

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.




Total Spending of School Districts
20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania$22,471,109,993$23,358,381,404$24,065,376,682$25,167,282,103$25,744,789,545$26,539,700,902$27,097,269,685$27,520,853,606$28,402,446,838$29,010,188,392$29,188,388,974$28,438,495,998$29,061,444,304$29,243,190,338$30,701,919,562$31,286,975,950$32,978,919,902
Berks County$753,929,472$772,148,656$801,912,823$837,672,141$883,926,559$923,568,888$982,512,551$983,569,913$1,036,781,954$1,076,750,152$1,062,175,016$1,066,678,389$1,093,944,141$1,059,236,219$1,164,410,014$1,129,112,941$1,191,902,023
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$936,510,070$988,108,001$1,051,178,271$1,132,483,289$1,183,562,375$1,252,556,613$1,313,553,207$1,351,866,830$1,431,004,787$1,467,993,173$1,473,759,975$1,487,670,431$1,547,415,077$1,537,862,735$1,665,828,667$1,659,107,217$1,576,828,248
Lancaster County$791,456,151$809,459,755$841,704,785$868,069,499$878,314,574$902,313,363$960,942,425$988,076,703$1,033,181,925$1,035,614,151$1,027,457,255$1,009,922,094$1,036,474,877$1,054,429,246$1,106,868,526$1,119,922,613$1,168,342,509
Lebanon County$198,727,699$208,887,703$208,708,602$216,155,098$224,298,623$231,542,084$247,769,800$262,172,124$267,213,093$277,842,145$261,232,704$260,895,211$275,004,117$276,535,822$277,868,167$290,649,901$301,518,230
Lehigh County$545,096,944$565,324,567$584,530,058$619,242,109$648,947,019$673,891,480$704,561,550$716,726,807$757,503,439$777,529,520$797,319,043$789,776,358$795,867,528$824,283,590$855,346,411$901,685,120$938,934,851
Montgomery County$1,521,029,976$1,598,802,901$1,680,870,129$1,783,729,713$1,832,429,071$1,928,057,603$1,963,625,127$1,994,603,199$2,053,992,250$2,073,712,244$2,064,032,351$2,052,860,762$2,085,283,585$2,124,494,998$2,218,677,560$2,258,749,689$2,467,271,643
Schuylkill County$233,593,597$242,870,314$269,512,300$246,238,038$276,724,993$262,942,076$253,221,929$257,171,750$274,802,622$295,336,620$271,161,486$298,948,789$271,240,568$291,584,971$330,815,127$319,821,398$299,022,082

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.




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