Economy
Spending of Local Governments


Spending of Local Governments

What does this measure?

The annual per capita spending by local governments, adjusted for inflation.

Why is this important?

Government provides critical services to communities, but the cost to taxpayers can be burdensome and can hinder efforts to attract and retain business.

How is our region doing?

Local governments in Berks County spent $1,220 per resident in 2015, up 34% from 2000, but down from $1,480 in 2008.

Local government spending across Pennsylvania was higher than Berks, at nearly $1,500 per resident in 2015, an increase of 15% from 2000. Among neighboring counties, only Montgomery County had more spending per capita than Berks, at $1,280 in 2015. Lehigh County, was comparable to Berks, at $1,200 per resident, while Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Schuylkill counties all had substantially lower spending per resident than Berks. The City of Reading, at $2,570 per resident, had over double the local government spending than the county-wide figure in Berks County.

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 2015 dollars.

Spending of Local Governments
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Pennsylvania$1,305$1,286$1,393$1,391$1,395$1,413$1,991$1,435$2,457$1,539$1,745$1,609$1,600$1,571$1,559$1,498
Berks County$917$912$1,008$1,037$1,044$1,106$1,318$1,224$1,481$1,276$1,124$1,110$1,170$1,066$1,145$1,224
Berks County Regions
Central$1,179$1,244$1,334$1,393$1,392$1,556$2,021$1,467$2,172$1,819$1,628$1,767$1,786$1,618$1,980$2,147
Northeast$621$645$683$793$646$714$812$790$872$759$630$649$627$684$642$652
South$907$823$1,079$1,030$954$1,086$1,218$1,526$1,460$1,244$1,248$981$1,232$1,015$908$1,006
Southeast$470$499$452$488$619$527$694$511$675$574$594$565$490$586$590$510
West$474$415$443$458$462$487$583$513$615$570$520$606$571$570$541$598
Reading city$1,349$1,440$1,557$1,558$1,579$1,824$2,437$1,708$2,550$2,076$1,894$2,113$2,018$1,898$2,362$2,565
Berks County Peers
Chester County$848$793$962$921$1,057$1,070$1,028$1,140$1,191$1,083$861$818$978$890$917$940
Lancaster County$749$618$793$813$730$773$1,511$917$438$1,125$1,680$1,186$1,561$681$1,666$887
Lebanon County$580$418$434$509$500$526$820$598$668$689$461$562$876$916$547$640
Lehigh County$1,198$1,136$1,057$1,087$1,107$1,054$1,248$1,185$1,522$1,259$384$997$1,419$777$1,333$1,196
Montgomery County$1,147$1,033$1,087$1,060$1,127$1,160$1,155$1,225$1,332$1,255$1,153$1,191$1,152$1,135$1,165$1,278
Schuylkill County$646$633$591$613$624$635$744$688$661$693$836$717$661$698$655$775

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Notes: Figures are in constant 2015 dollars.




Total Spending of Local Governments
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Pennsylvania$15,112,049,635$15,340,498,649$16,655,542,830$16,994,768,977$16,895,784,052$17,066,234,171$12,502,537,988$17,538,996,034$13,919,501,857$19,315,572,568$14,927,168,848$14,777,479,895$15,764,909,869$16,356,049,822$16,928,583,700$18,796,534,051
Berks County$308,160,532$333,668,611$374,014,755$384,885,821$387,454,444$410,470,843$440,243,524$444,991,064$429,918,362$463,623,518$454,498,289$445,095,799$481,241,651$435,195,938$471,229,729$501,474,187
Berks County Regions
Central$122,293,511$135,306,968$145,120,998$151,546,591$151,444,415$169,280,970$219,866,681$159,569,708$228,083,116$197,863,033$194,114,136$210,584,697$212,899,330$187,882,626$236,042,427$255,930,576
Northeast$37,527,020$44,426,901$47,068,520$54,641,818$44,496,824$49,207,552$44,272,008$54,413,934$44,157,367$52,291,835$45,873,075$47,730,703$46,508,190$49,760,346$47,682,999$48,401,486
South$89,013,158$92,852,901$123,478,388$117,914,390$109,214,055$124,273,154$103,031,088$165,449,561$99,494,048$134,882,130$145,928,283$121,637,983$149,763,050$124,969,543$118,402,571$133,487,119
Southeast$67,905,453$77,949,290$73,866,689$80,172,710$100,531,146$85,584,040$42,396,961$83,984,888$47,236,584$94,453,327$54,430,325$63,096,870$57,303,805$65,299,569$72,682,510$90,343,884
West$80,653,560$80,409,176$83,273,555$89,982,752$91,407,617$96,404,293$56,140,483$101,509,291$54,178,943$111,020,621$80,752,017$89,627,251$97,313,313$92,931,647$90,002,125$127,427,424
Reading city$105,699,051$116,909,555$126,475,268$126,500,573$128,246,560$148,143,930$197,872,977$138,663,864$207,074,416$168,594,522$166,825,403$186,121,420$177,782,757$167,147,003$208,033,678$225,940,192
Berks County Peers
Chester County$318,130,085$316,519,690$416,862,801$399,141,665$450,302,228$463,913,360$254,793,718$494,303,773$102,021,359$463,926,103$405,419,740$223,760,624$474,367,921$443,251,214$457,443,807$467,849,185
Lancaster County$316,512,645$252,070,671$365,134,084$382,531,267$343,416,808$363,720,740$185,361,718$431,394,255$12,280,186$529,508,133$55,690,709$57,973,237$148,879,495$57,997,726$256,564,590$460,977,280
Lebanon County$66,010,755$40,055,087$41,585,793$61,263,184$60,109,587$63,250,768$2,600,430$71,958,464$3,019,694$82,839,146$6,199,079$6,554,260$36,479,275$32,864,858$31,816,237$85,468,129
Lehigh County$305,911,373$332,824,622$309,673,052$318,483,808$324,287,033$308,860,659$42,243,496$347,171,479$180,412,202$375,649,104$834,726$22,886,805$210,912,012$68,074,821$230,239,311$372,019,751
Montgomery County$728,974,658$776,904,381$798,576,681$780,694,566$827,722,548$859,470,727$219,969,700$921,687,534$462,958,369$944,340,659$763,623,663$950,848,780$922,313,674$889,747,015$934,151,819$1,024,666,210
Schuylkill County$90,133,696$91,147,813$86,889,459$91,574,800$93,178,232$93,867,755$48,070,846$103,353,446$55,067,297$104,082,519$103,709,949$99,846,253$96,130,195$102,873,918$95,740,078$105,581,737

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Notes: Figures are in constant 2015 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 Maintaining
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 Increasing
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 Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Increasing
Local Government Spending Increasing
County Government Spending Decreasing
School District Spending Increasing
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 Increasing
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 Reading Increasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage by Household Type Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Health Status Decreasing
Managed Medicaid Enrollment Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Adults Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Children Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Youth Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Occupied Housing Units Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Decreasing
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 Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Maintaining
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Increasing
Tourism Spending Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income Increasing
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
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
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing