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 2015 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 2015 dollars.

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