Economy
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 spend $2,630 per resident in 2016, up 36% from $1,930 in 2001. School spending has steadily risen in Berks County since 2001, although it dipped slightly from 2015 to 2016. Berk's spent more per resident than Pennsylvania in 2016, and has spent more than the state each year since 2001.

Compared to neighboring counties, Berk's spent more per resident than Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, and Schuylkill in 2016, but less than Chester and Montgomery. At $3,110, Chester County had the highest school spending per resident, while Lancaster County (at $2,010) spent the least.

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 School Districts
2001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Pennsylvania$1,767$1,832$1,880$1,961$1,999$2,051$2,085$2,110$2,168$2,208$2,215$2,153$2,199$2,211$2,321$2,366
Berks County$1,931$1,958$2,010$2,072$2,159$2,222$2,344$2,333$2,446$2,530$2,489$2,495$2,557$2,474$2,715$2,632
Berks County Regions
Central$1,761$1,721$1,828$1,886$2,004$2,020$2,137$2,119$2,328$2,559$2,552$2,515$2,297$2,246$2,410$2,478
Northeast$1,623$1,668$1,732$1,761$1,843$1,827$1,927$1,932$1,964$1,958$1,971$1,879$1,995$1,943$2,142$2,036
South$1,726$1,743$1,759$1,851$1,900$1,927$2,200$2,118$2,178$2,264$2,147$2,336$2,539$2,284$2,459$2,337
Southeast$2,906$3,079$3,086$3,184$3,275$3,649$3,522$3,567$3,699$3,655$3,619$3,477$3,467$3,581$4,197$4,074
West$1,764$1,797$1,834$1,852$1,938$1,975$2,072$2,113$2,193$2,187$2,155$2,132$2,440$2,375$2,581$2,290
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$2,053$2,133$2,233$2,366$2,432$2,528$2,613$2,660$2,788$2,844$2,829$2,841$2,937$2,899$3,126$3,107
Lancaster County$1,610$1,630$1,678$1,713$1,717$1,742$1,834$1,866$1,934$1,928$1,897$1,853$1,890$1,911$1,995$2,011
Lebanon County$1,589$1,660$1,639$1,677$1,719$1,745$1,840$1,927$1,943$2,011$1,878$1,860$1,957$1,957$1,951$2,024
Lehigh County$1,674$1,723$1,758$1,836$1,894$1,935$1,999$2,010$2,109$2,150$2,180$2,149$2,162$2,223$2,292$2,401
Montgomery County$1,937$2,018$2,104$2,221$2,273$2,386$2,418$2,444$2,497$2,507$2,478$2,452$2,479$2,516$2,621$2,658
Schuylkill County$1,514$1,579$1,763$1,619$1,821$1,718$1,650$1,675$1,791$1,926$1,776$1,962$1,787$1,937$2,216$2,154

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Notes: Figures are in constant 2015 dollars.




Total Spending of School Districts
2001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Pennsylvania$21,728,276,261$22,586,216,895$23,269,840,834$24,335,320,260$24,893,736,879$25,662,370,630$26,201,507,706$26,611,089,096$27,463,539,255$28,051,190,528$28,223,500,284$27,498,396,728$28,100,752,059$28,276,490,064$29,686,997,670$30,252,713,686
Berks County$729,006,616$746,623,523$775,403,768$809,980,980$854,706,353$893,038,214$950,033,361$951,055,769$1,002,508,764$1,041,155,723$1,027,062,401$1,031,416,905$1,057,781,325$1,024,220,753$1,125,917,788$1,091,787,540
Berks County Regions
Central$193,614,310$190,988,411$205,090,248$214,251,384$230,443,178$235,594,491$251,220,359$250,577,120$276,580,759$305,023,558$304,570,277$300,372,699$274,631,707$268,019,496$287,747,401$295,235,597
Northeast$97,541,490$101,052,532$106,126,094$109,127,672$115,580,633$116,138,778$123,289,962$124,222,988$126,732,585$126,649,202$127,884,497$121,863,199$128,920,481$125,632,979$138,533,288$131,966,613
South$170,891,101$174,603,148$178,586,456$190,785,706$198,756,132$204,886,410$236,348,022$229,371,719$237,544,597$248,063,218$235,980,234$257,259,093$280,113,569$252,723,003$272,491,907$259,026,088
Southeast$140,014,248$150,436,003$152,952,636$160,411,124$167,596,698$190,143,959$185,718,708$189,819,581$198,595,092$197,972,565$196,572,560$189,629,031$189,731,947$196,059,545$230,417,808$224,278,814
West$106,406,037$109,074,353$112,384,118$114,565,846$121,035,698$124,821,779$131,579,184$134,636,148$139,995,424$139,884,604$138,403,181$137,169,787$157,279,320$153,548,809$167,339,066$148,768,356
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$905,551,596$955,443,840$1,016,429,179$1,095,046,474$1,144,437,024$1,211,150,500$1,270,130,713$1,307,177,793$1,383,699,664$1,419,465,315$1,425,041,482$1,438,492,096$1,496,261,747$1,487,025,179$1,610,760,906$1,604,261,648
Lancaster County$765,292,765$782,701,219$813,880,316$839,373,484$849,279,885$872,485,339$929,176,284$955,413,577$999,027,743$1,001,379,566$993,492,315$976,536,818$1,002,211,839$1,019,572,686$1,070,278,465$1,082,901,020
Lebanon County$192,158,302$201,982,444$201,809,264$209,009,598$216,883,921$223,887,933$239,579,205$253,505,428$258,379,756$268,657,440$252,597,062$252,270,726$265,913,230$267,394,301$268,682,602$281,041,807
Lehigh County$527,077,523$546,636,476$565,207,085$598,771,651$627,494,597$651,614,462$681,270,663$693,033,769$732,462,437$751,826,511$770,961,846$763,668,502$769,558,313$797,035,019$827,070,987$871,877,864
Montgomery County$1,470,748,865$1,545,950,829$1,625,305,138$1,724,764,464$1,771,853,954$1,864,321,267$1,898,713,025$1,928,667,046$1,986,092,857$2,005,160,961$1,995,801,060$1,984,998,773$2,016,349,786$2,054,264,976$2,145,334,119$2,184,081,572
Schuylkill County$225,871,628$234,841,682$260,602,957$238,098,079$267,577,218$254,249,927$244,851,101$248,670,352$265,718,395$285,573,595$262,197,625$289,066,356$262,274,093$281,945,966$319,879,280$309,248,973

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
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
Vacant 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