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 2019, Berks County school districts spent about $17,600 per student, about 4% less than the statewide level of $18,300. The county rate represented a 47% increase since 2001, compared to a 45% increase at the statewide level.

Spending in 2019 was highest in the Kutztown Area School District, at $23,600 per student, up 73% from 2001, followed by the Tulpehocken district, at $22,400. Per-student spending was lowest in the Reading district, at $15,100.

Among surrounding counties, 2019 per-student spending was higher than Berks in Montgomery ($21,900) and Chester ($19,600). Lancaster was similar to Berks and Lehigh and Lebanon spent less, at $16,700 and $15,300 respectively per student. Since 2001, per-student spending increased more than Berks in only Lancaster (54%). Montgomery, Lebanon, Schuylkill and Lehigh were slightly lower than Berks, and Chester was lowest, at 35%.

Notes about the data

Figures are from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and have been adjusted to 2019 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
2001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Pennsylvania$12,592$13,033$13,342$13,917$14,203$14,565$14,858$15,109$15,664$16,051$16,110$15,710$16,047$16,220$17,102$17,496$18,498$17,901$18,291
Berks County$11,978$12,071$12,187$12,536$12,971$13,295$13,989$14,045$14,900$15,529$15,187$15,306$15,810$15,423$17,089$16,515$17,541$17,267$17,603
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$14,470$14,983$15,409$16,315$16,610$16,854$17,526$17,334$17,869$17,953$17,544$17,309$17,524$17,467$18,132$19,042$19,266$19,252$19,573
Lancaster County$11,610$11,767$12,161$12,503$12,596$12,874$13,745$14,203$14,920$15,021$14,878$14,711$15,099$15,465$16,296$16,545$17,295$17,453$17,884
Lebanon County$11,051$11,547$11,402$11,597$11,834$12,196$12,983$13,604$13,968$14,505$13,683$13,577$14,135$14,295$14,237$14,891$15,443$15,575$15,386
Lehigh County$12,012$12,230$12,346$12,744$13,153$13,319$13,598$13,811$14,649$14,728$15,022$14,956$14,999$15,446$15,811$16,621$16,866$17,014$17,261
Montgomery County$15,511$15,991$16,494$17,286$17,578$18,275$18,565$18,902$19,476$19,750$19,512$19,344$19,551$19,973$20,927$21,095$21,927$21,724$21,880
Schuylkill County$11,523$12,209$13,792$12,675$14,268$13,522$12,942$13,160$14,230$15,325$14,100$15,533$14,161$15,329$17,717$17,166$16,052$16,672$15,781
School Districts
Antietam School District$11,964$12,241$13,026$12,024$12,353$13,910$14,010$14,074$14,720$21,583$14,832$24,618$14,913$15,295$23,350$27,081$17,414$16,833$17,038
Boyertown Area School District$11,783$12,005$11,975$12,104$12,627$14,973$13,386$13,539$13,942$13,939$14,050$13,132$13,211$14,076$15,388$16,104$16,306$16,294$16,604
Brandywine Heights Area School District$12,008$12,150$13,461$13,946$14,772$15,063$16,083$16,928$17,459$18,111$18,690$17,571$17,586$19,011$19,731$21,400$22,229$23,086$21,818
Conrad Weiser Area School District$13,005$13,053$13,538$14,093$14,639$14,027$14,969$14,096$15,017$15,177$15,800$15,662$20,849$16,313$17,529$18,619$19,138$19,749$20,506
Daniel Boone Area School District$10,778$11,726$11,497$12,347$12,698$13,155$13,456$13,514$14,458$14,282$14,094$14,009$14,801$14,648$21,611$18,902$27,168$20,199$17,305
Exeter Township School District$11,909$11,948$12,109$12,928$13,340$13,569$17,075$14,787$15,630$18,093$15,778$20,249$25,376$18,525$22,203$17,892$18,321$20,345$21,288
Fleetwood Area School District$12,970$12,992$13,301$12,988$13,865$13,583$14,487$14,467$15,015$15,187$15,198$14,758$15,269$15,797$16,893$17,392$18,184$18,488$18,671
Governor Mifflin School District$12,035$12,198$12,204$12,620$12,750$12,563$14,857$14,960$15,087$14,473$14,498$14,992$15,138$15,917$16,160$16,864$16,866$16,692$17,211
Hamburg Area School District$11,389$11,437$11,657$11,359$12,293$13,052$13,243$14,214$15,784$15,771$15,637$15,684$16,050$16,659$17,313$17,816$18,238$19,481$19,244
Kutztown Area School District$13,632$14,806$14,526$14,836$15,577$16,362$17,084$17,483$18,765$19,807$19,974$20,324$25,466$22,419$30,478$23,844$39,451$24,139$23,575
Muhlenberg School District$13,668$13,987$14,138$15,066$15,593$14,360$15,109$14,675$15,281$14,919$14,250$13,714$14,710$15,089$14,976$15,488$16,080$15,730$15,450
Oley Valley School District$11,451$11,960$12,596$13,373$14,480$14,188$15,932$15,845$16,181$16,411$16,119$16,534$17,085$17,257$18,227$18,726$19,768$19,487$19,702
Reading School District$10,375$9,745$9,931$10,194$10,708$10,714$11,169$11,367$12,775$14,311$14,274$13,449$12,443$12,008$12,716$12,644$13,344$13,858$15,085
Schuylkill Valley School District$15,056$14,489$14,594$15,309$15,235$15,370$16,589$16,908$18,174$17,428$17,752$17,805$18,240$17,969$30,977$19,241$18,541$18,583$18,379
Tulpehocken Area School District$12,462$13,645$14,178$13,750$14,062$15,084$16,343$17,975$18,352$18,991$18,856$18,990$24,245$31,209$21,616$21,475$21,378$21,414$22,431
Twin Valley School District$13,082$14,103$13,905$13,974$13,746$14,462$14,722$15,368$16,241$15,870$15,323$15,192$14,990$15,571$16,937$17,321$19,237$21,373$21,523
Wilson School District$12,012$12,855$13,202$13,865$14,602$15,043$15,409$15,417$16,165$16,842$16,541$16,049$15,625$16,421$17,044$17,053$17,116$16,482$17,431
Wyomissing Area School District$13,639$14,521$14,444$15,086$15,475$15,695$17,208$17,472$17,777$18,487$17,504$17,012$16,943$16,847$17,934$17,465$18,434$18,550$19,089

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Notes: Figures are in constant 2019 dollars.




Total Spending
2001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Pennsylvania$22,662,061,439$23,498,212,953$24,150,627,799$25,234,503,680$25,716,912,582$26,413,490,108$26,881,220,441$27,210,193,620$28,000,481,039$28,525,551,745$28,524,849,955$27,572,306,948$28,055,301,705$28,216,553,031$29,540,386,392$30,154,827,922$31,806,346,097$30,758,618,989$31,396,049,186
Berks County$764,183,985$783,262,244$814,526,859$851,203,112$898,955,343$940,130,510$1,001,150,290$1,001,658,677$1,056,476,347$1,097,620,893$1,082,323,134$1,085,432,929$1,111,733,741$1,074,312,132$1,182,765,096$1,142,581,285$1,209,639,792$1,195,260,989$1,221,285,139
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$945,094,855$995,062,884$1,048,465,845$1,128,294,894$1,167,809,684$1,211,804,064$1,275,126,557$1,274,018,678$1,322,261,300$1,344,497,971$1,321,622,440$1,308,106,676$1,328,097,759$1,332,972,928$1,379,381,028$1,446,766,110$1,478,390,993$1,488,379,095$1,521,459,768
Lancaster County$799,858,483$818,209,895$849,760,992$876,340,817$887,805,435$912,763,322$972,062,349$999,913,536$1,045,403,116$1,046,401,201$1,038,758,503$1,024,214,640$1,051,864,466$1,070,099,047$1,123,173,191$1,135,229,481$1,186,079,608$1,194,774,981$1,217,689,090
Lebanon County$199,688,884$210,625,522$210,272,322$217,673,365$225,964,346$233,480,315$250,467,296$265,246,169$270,768,728$281,990,367$264,358,007$264,122,006$278,662,891$279,985,795$280,754,044$294,476,164$305,355,543$317,570,009$314,891,685
Lehigh County$547,475,796$567,466,922$586,677,746$617,476,204$648,627,171$672,935,470$703,631,051$715,362,966$755,160,231$771,951,671$789,615,463$779,917,868$779,602,336$807,258,156$828,882,064$874,097,267$896,993,383$915,441,851$943,186,850
Montgomery County$1,554,823,444$1,626,079,881$1,704,423,765$1,796,678,178$1,837,405,575$1,926,665,419$1,964,123,256$1,998,213,584$2,058,026,997$2,077,917,523$2,073,144,234$2,058,354,784$2,094,102,658$2,146,076,939$2,243,876,630$2,282,086,710$2,384,210,075$2,375,740,740$2,409,855,997
Schuylkill County$233,692,450$243,620,960$271,641,648$247,517,302$279,156,814$267,053,222$257,189,172$261,399,471$279,744,079$301,033,822$276,269,851$302,258,542$273,403,921$294,021,063$334,417,255$322,436,286$300,590,408$311,564,821$291,406,816
School Districts
Antietam School District$12,685,260$13,074,322$13,889,321$13,341,225$13,715,639$15,463,916$15,823,237$15,693,768$15,952,142$23,736,580$16,100,560$26,075,238$15,501,651$16,120,450$25,151,080$28,978,112$19,185,757$19,396,352$19,810,610
Boyertown Area School District$79,427,644$81,118,733$82,323,943$84,420,277$89,765,975$106,037,855$95,659,803$96,674,007$99,471,416$100,071,893$101,947,736$96,771,970$97,017,881$102,716,725$111,005,749$114,962,355$116,377,241$115,866,839$117,433,518
Brandywine Heights Area School District$24,637,472$24,928,801$26,845,442$28,300,471$29,687,100$29,912,291$31,249,927$32,309,207$32,383,690$32,191,549$33,471,789$29,660,581$29,252,792$30,383,847$30,396,330$32,095,509$32,426,984$32,845,693$31,381,286
Conrad Weiser Area School District$34,425,293$34,849,471$36,668,358$39,129,966$41,617,851$41,737,183$44,839,506$43,071,691$44,862,217$44,689,017$45,603,053$45,154,485$57,691,947$45,560,337$47,334,124$49,600,850$50,370,618$50,260,277$51,593,004
Daniel Boone Area School District$32,612,044$37,480,162$38,565,620$43,081,194$45,702,768$50,122,710$52,652,076$53,370,287$57,494,792$58,184,539$56,165,661$54,683,152$55,014,069$54,438,583$78,703,489$66,637,879$95,400,086$69,830,451$59,160,546
Exeter Township School District$45,721,399$46,877,907$48,975,476$52,861,039$56,061,877$58,781,616$75,198,344$65,152,909$69,366,293$79,644,224$70,375,168$88,112,069$109,136,318$78,030,864$92,638,214$73,425,694$73,987,646$81,615,744$84,175,966
Fleetwood Area School District$31,561,905$32,411,314$33,643,406$34,247,717$36,902,966$36,804,119$39,314,791$39,901,070$40,677,578$41,600,507$41,906,651$40,245,165$41,166,605$42,022,523$44,749,930$45,157,449$46,349,891$46,695,750$46,502,315
Governor Mifflin School District$49,741,543$50,170,475$50,874,156$52,518,932$53,944,732$53,987,298$63,840,933$63,846,339$64,408,867$63,346,178$62,270,523$62,310,611$64,595,733$65,519,800$66,209,360$69,441,545$70,517,465$70,536,592$71,066,045
Hamburg Area School District$30,572,861$31,301,057$31,770,650$31,004,495$33,510,563$35,440,319$35,663,571$37,261,224$40,340,913$39,933,165$39,076,306$38,560,113$38,764,830$38,678,121$39,279,769$40,302,114$40,576,914$43,111,136$42,362,871
Kutztown Area School District$24,707,260$26,767,305$26,442,823$26,884,254$27,893,473$28,791,059$29,375,612$29,804,031$31,106,549$31,321,042$31,500,188$30,804,885$38,122,334$32,533,380$42,753,283$33,059,500$54,087,575$33,060,836$32,848,254
Muhlenberg School District$40,036,931$41,685,134$42,685,719$45,502,233$48,903,859$47,518,515$50,907,307$50,464,857$53,485,006$53,083,370$51,085,889$49,286,420$52,347,718$53,741,255$54,450,576$57,480,238$60,125,437$60,991,985$62,546,112
Oley Valley School District$24,305,922$24,892,303$27,540,619$28,277,482$30,186,834$29,764,945$33,045,666$31,978,090$32,531,544$31,496,323$31,063,236$30,736,396$30,517,592$30,573,528$31,528,578$32,032,557$33,304,083$32,963,682$32,821,039
Reading School District$156,118,752$151,249,075$164,644,356$172,257,543$185,946,689$191,140,188$204,246,825$204,124,919$228,895,069$252,191,926$261,336,498$248,633,596$228,380,515$219,235,957$230,775,395$231,995,800$246,121,340$259,331,297$284,673,744
Schuylkill Valley School District$28,382,749$27,645,160$28,080,462$29,538,436$30,325,891$31,249,281$33,484,072$34,489,359$35,720,220$35,925,344$34,869,315$34,930,391$36,369,460$36,053,579$63,213,631$39,575,103$38,632,500$38,764,050$38,618,955
Tulpehocken Area School District$21,393,346$23,856,724$24,703,002$23,902,883$25,100,142$26,211,499$27,939,968$30,402,218$30,081,895$30,338,183$29,739,107$29,312,399$36,822,182$45,332,486$30,671,781$30,990,049$31,313,452$31,427,502$32,572,484
Twin Valley School District$38,985,861$43,668,020$44,091,903$45,525,049$45,308,455$48,937,103$52,012,518$54,703,486$57,247,225$55,285,516$53,918,445$53,087,123$52,621,305$54,323,173$58,829,581$60,316,796$64,213,051$69,518,399$72,040,547
Wilson School District$27,199,504$28,966,795$30,042,894$31,617,299$32,986,494$34,132,140$35,396,733$35,794,007$37,583,890$38,506,325$37,783,659$36,491,412$35,853,583$37,708,804$39,123,519$38,875,324$39,809,303$39,424,487$41,505,307
Wyomissing Area School District$25,111,501$26,091,260$26,461,857$28,131,817$29,150,054$30,118,711$32,850,360$33,445,000$33,649,108$35,294,076$33,068,052$32,780,347$32,750,504$32,460,769$34,911,054$34,454,092$36,182,758$36,605,516$37,702,041

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Notes: Figures are in constant 2019 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 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 Decreasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
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
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch 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
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Students in K-6 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
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