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 spent $2,870 per resident in 2018, up 40% from $2,046 in 2001. Berk's spent more per resident than Pennsylvania in 2018, and has spent more than the state each year since 2001.

Compared to neighboring counties, Berks spent more per resident than Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, and Schuylkill in 2018, but less than Chester and Montgomery. At $3,168, Chester County had the highest school spending per resident, while Lancaster County (at $2,218) spent the least.

Notes about the data

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Figures are in constant 2018 dollars.

Spending of School Districts
Berks County$2,046$2,074$2,129$2,196$2,287$2,355$2,484$2,471$2,591$2,680$2,635$2,643$2,707$2,617$2,873$2,782$2,924$2,870
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$2,175$2,260$2,366$2,506$2,577$2,678$2,768$2,818$2,954$3,013$2,999$3,011$3,113$3,072$3,313$3,289$3,113$3,168
Lancaster County$1,705$1,727$1,777$1,815$1,819$1,845$1,943$1,977$2,049$2,042$2,009$1,964$2,003$2,025$2,117$2,132$2,212$2,218
Lebanon County$1,683$1,758$1,736$1,777$1,821$1,849$1,950$2,041$2,059$2,131$1,990$1,972$2,075$2,075$2,070$2,150$2,213$2,272
Lehigh County$1,774$1,825$1,862$1,945$2,006$2,050$2,118$2,130$2,235$2,278$2,311$2,281$2,294$2,361$2,436$2,550$2,633$2,667
Montgomery County$2,052$2,138$2,229$2,353$2,408$2,527$2,562$2,589$2,645$2,656$2,626$2,600$2,629$2,668$2,781$2,822$3,065$3,019
Schuylkill County$1,604$1,673$1,868$1,715$1,929$1,820$1,748$1,775$1,898$2,040$1,883$2,082$1,895$2,055$2,351$2,283$2,147$2,233

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

Total Spending of School Districts
Berks County$772,344,027$791,008,210$821,499,360$858,132,092$905,516,264$946,126,847$1,006,510,196$1,007,593,384$1,062,105,116$1,103,049,528$1,088,118,398$1,092,731,765$1,120,663,476$1,085,107,822$1,192,850,462$1,156,691,266$1,221,013,958$1,205,641,066
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$959,384,114$1,012,242,313$1,076,853,060$1,160,143,934$1,212,470,616$1,283,150,022$1,345,636,444$1,384,885,869$1,465,956,752$1,503,848,571$1,509,756,226$1,524,006,442$1,585,210,337$1,575,424,681$1,706,516,152$1,699,630,532$1,615,341,918$1,653,872,795
Lancaster County$810,787,286$829,230,625$862,263,232$889,271,898$899,767,207$924,352,161$984,413,224$1,012,210,251$1,058,417,158$1,060,908,790$1,052,552,664$1,034,589,210$1,061,790,539$1,080,183,440$1,133,903,536$1,147,276,467$1,196,879,008$1,205,781,834
Lebanon County$203,581,577$213,989,737$213,806,262$221,434,636$229,777,066$237,197,446$253,821,521$268,575,619$273,739,712$284,628,376$267,613,253$267,267,517$281,721,030$283,290,147$284,655,033$297,748,959$308,882,744$321,089,362
Lehigh County$558,410,812$579,132,490$598,807,071$634,366,956$664,797,401$690,351,125$721,770,305$734,232,695$776,005,287$796,520,501$816,793,379$809,066,465$815,306,410$844,416,529$876,238,052$923,708,573$961,868,120$981,665,385
Montgomery County$1,558,180,786$1,637,853,296$1,721,924,998$1,827,296,904$1,877,185,733$1,975,149,970$2,011,586,222$2,043,320,926$2,104,160,541$2,124,362,191$2,114,445,870$2,103,001,417$2,136,216,160$2,176,385,303$2,272,868,253$2,313,919,134$2,527,534,189$2,501,360,826
Schuylkill County$239,299,067$248,802,366$276,095,076$252,252,346$283,483,938$269,364,376$259,406,817$263,453,111$281,514,613$302,550,150$277,784,543$306,250,545$277,865,557$298,706,868$338,895,211$327,632,963$306,325,628$317,236,395

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

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 Decreasing
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 Decreasing
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 County/Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
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 Maintaining
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 English Decreasing
Student Performance on High School Math Maintaining
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Health Status Not Applicable
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in K-6 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent Increasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
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
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing