Education
Per Student Spending


Per Student Spending

What does this measure?

Total spending by public school districts, divided by total pupils.

Why is this important?

Higher spending for schools can mean better facilities, programs, and a greater range of opportunities available to students. It may also signal public support for education and a better paid, more experienced teaching workforce. However, studies have found higher spending does not necessarily lead to higher student achievement, given many other factors that contribute to student success, including socioeconomic and parental influences.

How is our county performing?

In 2020, Berks County school districts spent about $18,100 per student, about 5% less than the statewide level of $19,100. The county rate represented a 49% increase since 2001, compared to a 50% increase at the statewide level.

Spending in 2020 was highest in the Kutztown Area School District, at $28,700 per student, followed by the Wilson district, at $26,700. Per-student spending was lowest in the Reading district, at $15,000, followed by Muhlenberg district, at $15,500.

Among surrounding counties, 2020 per-student spending was higher than Berks in Montgomery ($22,200) and Chester ($19,300). Lancaster was similar to Berks and Lehigh and Lebanon spent less, at $17,700 and $15,300 respectively per student. Since 2001, per-student spending increased more than Berks in Schuylkill (63%) and Lancaster (54%). Montgomery, Lebanon, and Lehigh were slightly lower than Berks, and Chester was lowest, at 32%.

Notes about the data

Figures are from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and have been adjusted to 2020 dollars. Per pupil expenditures are calculated by dividing a district's operating costs by its average enrollment across the school year.

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Per Student Spending
20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Pennsylvania$12,748$13,194$13,507$14,089$14,379$14,745$15,041$15,295$15,857$16,249$16,309$15,904$16,245$16,420$17,313$17,712$18,727$18,121$18,516$19,086
Berks County$12,126$12,220$12,338$12,690$13,131$13,459$14,161$14,218$15,084$15,721$15,374$15,495$16,005$15,613$17,300$16,719$17,757$17,480$17,821$18,116
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$14,649$15,168$15,599$16,517$16,815$17,062$17,742$17,548$18,089$18,174$17,760$17,522$17,740$17,683$18,356$19,277$19,504$19,490$19,814$19,343
Lancaster County$11,753$11,912$12,311$12,658$12,751$13,033$13,914$14,379$15,105$15,206$15,062$14,893$15,285$15,656$16,497$16,749$17,508$17,668$18,105$18,091
Lebanon County$11,188$11,689$11,543$11,740$11,980$12,347$13,143$13,771$14,141$14,684$13,852$13,745$14,310$14,471$14,413$15,075$15,634$15,767$15,576$15,260
Lehigh County$12,160$12,381$12,499$12,902$13,315$13,483$13,766$13,981$14,829$14,910$15,208$15,141$15,184$15,636$16,006$16,826$17,074$17,224$17,474$17,661
Montgomery County$15,703$16,189$16,697$17,499$17,795$18,500$18,794$19,136$19,716$19,994$19,753$19,583$19,793$20,220$21,185$21,355$22,197$21,992$22,150$22,241
Schuylkill County$11,665$12,359$13,962$12,831$14,444$13,688$13,102$13,322$14,406$15,514$14,274$15,725$14,335$15,519$17,936$17,378$16,250$16,878$15,976$18,986
School Districts
Antietam School District$12,111$12,392$13,186$12,172$12,505$14,082$14,183$14,247$14,902$21,849$15,015$24,922$15,097$15,484$23,638$27,415$17,628$17,041$17,248$17,617
Boyertown Area School District$11,929$12,154$12,123$12,253$12,783$15,157$13,551$13,707$14,114$14,111$14,224$13,294$13,374$14,250$15,578$16,303$16,507$16,495$16,809$16,553
Brandywine Heights Area School District$12,157$12,300$13,627$14,118$14,954$15,249$16,281$17,137$17,675$18,335$18,921$17,788$17,803$19,246$19,975$21,664$22,503$23,370$22,087$22,628
Conrad Weiser Area School District$13,165$13,214$13,705$14,267$14,819$14,200$15,154$14,270$15,202$15,364$15,995$15,855$21,107$16,514$17,746$18,849$19,374$19,992$20,759$20,192
Daniel Boone Area School District$10,911$11,871$11,639$12,500$12,854$13,318$13,622$13,681$14,636$14,459$14,268$14,182$14,983$14,829$21,878$19,135$27,503$20,448$17,518$23,313
Exeter Township School District$12,055$12,095$12,258$13,088$13,505$13,737$17,286$14,969$15,823$18,316$15,973$20,499$25,689$18,753$22,477$18,113$18,547$20,596$21,551$25,019
Fleetwood Area School District$13,130$13,153$13,465$13,149$14,036$13,750$14,665$14,646$15,201$15,374$15,385$14,940$15,457$15,992$17,102$17,606$18,409$18,716$18,901$19,378
Governor Mifflin School District$12,183$12,348$12,355$12,776$12,907$12,718$15,040$15,145$15,273$14,652$14,677$15,177$15,325$16,114$16,359$17,072$17,074$16,898$17,423$16,554
Hamburg Area School District$11,529$11,578$11,801$11,499$12,444$13,213$13,407$14,389$15,979$15,965$15,830$15,878$16,248$16,864$17,526$18,036$18,463$19,721$19,481$19,432
Kutztown Area School District$13,800$14,989$14,705$15,019$15,769$16,564$17,295$17,698$18,996$20,051$20,220$20,574$25,781$22,695$30,854$24,138$39,937$24,437$23,866$28,706
Muhlenberg School District$13,837$14,160$14,312$15,252$15,785$14,537$15,296$14,856$15,469$15,103$14,426$13,884$14,891$15,275$15,160$15,679$16,278$15,924$15,640$15,535
Oley Valley School District$11,593$12,108$12,751$13,538$14,658$14,363$16,128$16,040$16,381$16,613$16,318$16,738$17,296$17,470$18,451$18,957$20,012$19,727$19,945$20,229
Reading School District$10,503$9,865$10,054$10,320$10,840$10,846$11,307$11,507$12,933$14,488$14,451$13,615$12,596$12,157$12,873$12,800$13,508$14,029$15,271$14,969
Schuylkill Valley School District$15,242$14,668$14,774$15,498$15,423$15,560$16,794$17,116$18,399$17,643$17,971$18,024$18,465$18,190$31,359$19,478$18,770$18,812$18,606$18,197
Tulpehocken Area School District$12,616$13,813$14,353$13,920$14,236$15,271$16,545$18,197$18,579$19,226$19,089$19,224$24,544$31,594$21,882$21,740$21,642$21,679$22,708$22,933
Twin Valley School District$13,243$14,277$14,076$14,146$13,916$14,640$14,904$15,558$16,441$16,065$15,512$15,379$15,175$15,763$17,146$17,535$19,474$21,637$21,789$19,568
Wilson School District$12,160$13,013$13,365$14,036$14,782$15,228$15,599$15,607$16,365$17,050$16,745$16,247$15,818$16,624$17,254$17,263$17,327$16,685$17,646$26,704
Wyomissing Area School District$13,807$14,700$14,622$15,272$15,666$15,889$17,420$17,688$17,996$18,715$17,720$17,222$17,152$17,055$18,155$17,681$18,661$18,779$19,325$19,328

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Notes: Figures are in constant 2020 dollars.




Total Spending
20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Pennsylvania$22,941,639,709$23,788,106,692$24,448,570,277$25,545,817,763$26,034,178,067$26,739,349,161$27,212,849,809$27,545,881,478$28,345,918,548$28,877,466,969$28,876,756,520$27,912,462,141$28,401,415,528$28,564,656,186$29,904,821,470$30,526,843,268$32,198,735,962$31,138,083,210$31,783,377,282$32,753,768,178
Berks County$773,611,602$792,925,227$824,575,548$861,704,270$910,045,613$951,728,752$1,013,501,323$1,014,015,982$1,069,509,928$1,111,162,069$1,095,675,583$1,098,823,743$1,125,449,024$1,087,565,750$1,197,356,682$1,156,677,129$1,224,562,927$1,210,006,735$1,236,351,941$1,257,683,084
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$956,754,341$1,007,338,818$1,061,400,602$1,142,214,490$1,182,216,768$1,226,753,899$1,290,857,591$1,289,736,045$1,338,573,829$1,361,084,830$1,337,927,087$1,324,244,582$1,344,482,292$1,349,417,605$1,396,398,233$1,464,614,635$1,496,629,669$1,506,740,993$1,540,229,777$1,511,331,339
Lancaster County$809,726,210$828,304,021$860,244,359$887,152,095$898,758,150$924,023,939$984,054,529$1,012,249,311$1,058,300,089$1,059,310,488$1,051,573,503$1,036,850,214$1,064,841,151$1,083,300,689$1,137,029,602$1,149,234,627$1,200,712,084$1,209,514,731$1,232,711,528$1,222,791,242
Lebanon County$202,152,414$213,223,976$212,866,418$220,358,767$228,752,032$236,360,725$253,557,272$268,518,469$274,109,159$285,469,237$267,619,350$267,380,438$282,100,711$283,439,936$284,217,662$298,109,070$309,122,667$321,487,820$318,776,454$313,655,356
Lehigh County$554,229,919$574,467,672$593,915,497$625,093,910$656,629,182$681,237,369$712,311,637$724,188,285$764,476,524$781,475,117$799,356,824$789,539,592$789,220,167$817,217,172$839,107,851$884,880,867$908,059,448$926,735,512$954,822,797$970,105,120
Montgomery County$1,574,005,056$1,646,140,571$1,725,450,972$1,818,843,512$1,860,073,357$1,950,434,385$1,988,354,335$2,022,865,229$2,083,416,551$2,103,552,463$2,098,720,287$2,083,748,382$2,119,937,271$2,172,552,751$2,271,558,982$2,310,240,453$2,413,623,698$2,405,049,878$2,439,586,009$2,473,458,430
Schuylkill County$236,575,477$246,626,473$274,992,849$250,570,884$282,600,728$270,347,815$260,362,074$264,624,315$283,195,237$304,747,629$279,678,149$305,987,458$276,776,862$297,648,355$338,542,908$326,414,132$304,298,744$315,408,547$295,001,855$349,890,931
School Districts
Antietam School District$12,841,756$13,235,618$14,060,672$13,505,814$13,884,846$15,654,692$16,018,446$15,887,379$16,148,941$24,029,414$16,299,191$26,396,924$15,692,892$16,319,325$25,461,364$29,335,610$19,422,448$19,635,642$20,055,010$20,025,216
Boyertown Area School District$80,407,530$82,119,482$83,339,561$85,461,757$90,873,403$107,346,027$96,839,943$97,866,659$100,698,579$101,306,465$103,205,449$97,965,831$98,214,775$103,983,925$112,375,209$116,380,628$117,812,969$117,296,270$118,882,277$117,459,882
Brandywine Heights Area School District$24,941,420$25,236,343$27,176,630$28,649,610$30,053,345$30,281,314$31,635,453$32,707,801$32,783,202$32,588,691$33,884,725$30,026,499$29,613,679$30,758,687$30,771,324$32,491,466$32,827,031$33,250,905$31,768,432$32,816,802
Conrad Weiser Area School District$34,849,993$35,279,403$37,120,730$39,612,706$42,131,284$42,252,088$45,392,684$43,603,060$45,415,675$45,240,338$46,165,651$45,711,549$58,403,683$46,122,407$47,918,078$50,212,768$50,992,032$50,880,330$52,229,499$51,625,265
Daniel Boone Area School District$33,014,374$37,942,548$39,041,397$43,612,680$46,266,596$50,741,066$53,301,636$54,028,707$58,204,096$58,902,353$56,858,567$55,357,769$55,692,768$55,110,183$79,674,442$67,459,980$96,577,022$70,691,938$59,890,400$77,791,713
Exeter Township School District$46,285,457$47,456,233$49,579,679$53,513,177$56,753,504$59,506,795$76,126,054$65,956,691$70,222,054$80,626,782$71,243,376$89,199,094$110,482,715$78,993,519$93,781,077$74,331,535$74,900,420$82,622,625$85,214,432$98,797,174
Fleetwood Area School District$31,951,279$32,811,167$34,058,459$34,670,226$37,358,232$37,258,165$39,799,812$40,393,324$41,179,411$42,113,726$42,423,647$40,741,663$41,674,471$42,540,948$45,302,003$45,714,549$46,921,702$47,271,828$47,076,007$47,613,611
Governor Mifflin School District$50,355,196$50,789,420$51,501,782$53,166,849$54,610,240$54,653,331$64,628,528$64,634,001$65,203,469$64,127,670$63,038,744$63,079,328$65,392,641$66,328,107$67,026,174$70,298,235$71,387,428$71,406,791$71,942,775$71,405,001
Hamburg Area School District$30,950,034$31,687,214$32,162,599$31,386,993$33,923,978$35,877,540$36,103,547$37,720,910$40,838,592$40,425,814$39,558,384$39,035,823$39,243,066$39,155,287$39,764,357$40,799,315$41,077,505$43,642,992$42,885,495$42,465,093
Kutztown Area School District$25,012,069$27,097,529$26,769,044$27,215,920$28,237,590$29,146,250$29,738,014$30,171,718$31,490,305$31,707,445$31,888,800$31,184,920$38,592,643$32,934,740$43,280,723$33,467,350$54,754,844$33,468,703$33,253,498$40,563,825
Muhlenberg School District$40,530,861$42,199,397$43,212,326$46,063,587$49,507,178$48,104,744$51,535,343$51,087,434$54,144,842$53,738,251$51,716,128$49,894,459$52,993,523$54,404,252$55,122,324$58,189,362$60,867,195$61,744,433$63,317,734$64,060,567
Oley Valley School District$24,605,780$25,199,396$27,880,383$28,626,337$30,559,245$30,132,151$33,453,345$32,372,599$32,932,881$31,884,888$31,446,459$31,115,586$30,894,083$30,950,709$31,917,541$32,427,737$33,714,951$33,370,350$33,225,947$33,283,524
Reading School District$158,044,764$153,115,011$166,675,548$174,382,657$188,240,683$193,498,254$206,766,586$206,643,176$231,718,911$255,303,178$264,560,565$251,700,949$231,198,009$221,940,636$233,622,434$234,857,895$249,157,700$262,530,626$288,185,719$279,368,774
Schuylkill Valley School District$28,732,902$27,986,214$28,426,886$29,902,847$30,700,017$31,634,799$33,897,159$34,914,849$36,160,895$36,368,549$35,299,492$35,361,322$36,818,144$36,498,367$63,993,488$40,063,335$39,109,103$39,242,276$39,095,391$38,899,207
Tulpehocken Area School District$21,657,272$24,151,041$25,007,759$24,197,769$25,409,799$26,534,866$28,284,659$30,777,285$30,453,010$30,712,461$30,105,994$29,674,021$37,276,451$45,891,746$31,050,173$31,372,369$31,699,762$31,815,218$32,974,325$33,054,360
Twin Valley School District$39,466,823$44,206,746$44,635,857$46,086,684$45,867,418$49,540,833$52,654,188$55,378,355$57,953,475$55,967,564$54,583,629$53,742,050$53,270,486$54,993,350$59,555,353$61,060,915$65,005,237$70,376,036$72,929,300$63,819,521
Wilson School District$27,535,060$29,324,154$30,413,529$32,007,357$33,393,443$34,553,223$35,833,417$36,235,592$38,047,556$38,981,372$38,249,790$36,941,601$36,295,903$38,174,012$39,606,180$39,354,922$40,300,424$39,910,861$42,017,352$64,079,810
Wyomissing Area School District$25,421,298$26,413,144$26,788,313$28,478,875$29,509,674$30,490,280$33,255,630$33,857,606$34,064,231$35,729,493$33,476,007$33,184,753$33,154,541$32,861,232$35,341,746$34,879,147$36,629,139$37,057,113$38,167,165$37,864,723

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Notes: Figures are in constant 2020 dollars.




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in K-6 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
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
Population by Age Not Applicable
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Maintaining
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households by type Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Seniors Living Alone Maintaining
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
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
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Enrollment in Local Colleges Decreasing
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
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income Increasing
Health Status Not Applicable
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
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
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
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Toxic Chemical Releases Decreasing
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing