Tourism Spending per Capita

Tourism Spending per Capita

What does this measure?

The economic impact of the travel and tourism industry on a geographic area, measured by total expenditures related to travel/tourism.

Why is this important?

Tourism brings external money into a region's economy, fueling the development of jobs, new industry and attractions. The sense that a region is a tourist destination also can boost regional pride.

How is our county performing?

In 2016, people spent about $857 million on travel and tourism in Berks County, or 2% of the nearly $42 billion in tourism spending statewide that year. Spending in Berks represented $2,066 per county resident, well below Pennsylvania's rate of $3,254 per resident. Total tourism spending in Berks County was largely flat (increasing by 8%) from 2005 to 2016, while spending increased 14% statewide during the same period (after inflation).

Tourism spending per resident in 2016 in surrounding counties was lower than Berks in Chester ($1,496), Lebanon ($1,480), Montgomery ($1,656) and Schuylkill ($1,436) counties. Spending per resident was higher in Lancaster ($3,835) and Lehigh ($3,220). Like Berks, total tourism spending since 2005 was below 10% in Schuylkill. Spending increased in Lebanon and Lehigh (both at 10%), Montgomery (12%), Chester (16%), and Lancaster (17%) during the same period.

Notes about the data

Figures presented are in 2016 dollars. Total expenditures include spending by domestic and international travelers in the region on transportation, lodging, meals, entertainment, recreation and other tourism-related expenses.

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Tourism Spending per Capita
Berks County$1,998$1,928$1,908$2,042$1,702$1,839$1,973$2,010$2,011$1,949$2,013$2,066
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$1,420$1,386$1,418$1,543$1,371$1,426$1,449$1,474$1,477$1,454$1,494$1,496
Lancaster County$3,569$3,480$3,423$3,716$3,298$3,538$3,654$3,606$3,604$3,647$3,730$3,836
Lebanon County$1,484$1,436$1,413$1,544$1,345$1,408$1,473$1,484$1,470$1,490$1,481$1,481
Lehigh County$3,217$3,150$3,236$3,432$2,810$2,913$3,007$3,032$3,015$2,981$3,165$3,220
Montgomery County$1,553$1,545$1,591$1,661$1,426$1,473$1,564$1,578$1,577$1,580$1,642$1,656
Schuylkill County$1,374$1,358$1,385$1,466$1,195$1,182$1,277$1,389$1,378$1,385$1,447$1,436

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.

Total Tourism Spending
Berks County$791,175,149$774,546,400$773,353,574$832,599,770$697,746,151$756,928,559$814,111,119$830,847,337$831,731,397$806,795,631$834,799,912$857,000,000
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$668,283,700$663,947,936$689,316,050$758,135,097$680,405,978$711,801,220$730,032,539$746,173,666$752,504,165$745,763,843$769,688,759$772,600,000
Lancaster County$1,765,458,557$1,743,384,181$1,733,997,386$1,902,304,870$1,703,923,620$1,837,783,358$1,913,321,178$1,899,930,845$1,911,035,016$1,946,427,410$2,000,319,926$2,065,600,000
Lebanon County$187,286,568$184,291,089$183,933,368$203,105,741$178,883,453$188,103,956$198,139,495$201,335,175$199,768,014$203,675,851$203,940,687$205,600,000
Lehigh County$1,065,714,646$1,060,983,325$1,103,021,435$1,183,185,696$975,636,392$1,018,557,058$1,063,252,595$1,077,446,340$1,073,225,067$1,068,968,728$1,142,027,342$1,169,400,000
Montgomery County$1,210,726,556$1,207,178,065$1,249,334,699$1,311,157,919$1,134,606,615$1,178,594,011$1,259,471,514$1,277,213,484$1,282,574,528$1,289,473,943$1,343,740,276$1,360,900,000
Schuylkill County$201,910,651$200,958,242$205,463,642$217,597,369$177,317,244$175,226,155$188,536,612$204,575,772$202,240,646$201,648,217$208,801,240$206,200,000

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.

Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Maintaining
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population ratio Increasing
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 Increasing
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Quality Early Childhood Centers Not Applicable
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
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 English Decreasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 English Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Decreasing
Student Performance on High School English Decreasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Maintaining
Living Wage Maintaining
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
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 Increasing
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Decreasing
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Increasing
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 Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing