Spending of County Governments

Spending of County Governments

What does this measure?

The annual per capita spending by county 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?

The Berks County government spent just under $940 per resident in 2015, down from $1,030 in 2000. Spending by the county government peaked in 2002 at $1,510 per resident. County government spending across Pennsylvania has been consistently lower than Berks since 2000, and the statewide county government spending per resident was 15% lower than Berks in 2015.

Berks had higher spending per resident than all neighboring counties except Lehigh in 2016, and has substantially higher spending than Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery, and Schuylkill. At $655 per resident, Lancaster County had the lowest spending per resident in 2016.

Notes about the data

Figures are in constant 2017 dollars.

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Spending of County Governments
Berks County$1,063$1,114$1,557$1,409$1,418$1,045$1,178$1,030$1,168$999$994$967$1,053
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$916$1,192$1,065$1,215$1,073$1,079$1,043$1,038$935$858$824$807$791$795$819$811
Lancaster County$627$711$683$729$728$625$671$658$621$568$714$689$686$652$657$655
Lebanon County$559$524$534$541$731$770$731$794$773$757$742$684$661$690$778$769
Lehigh County$1,155$1,329$1,425$1,303$1,507$1,272$1,395$1,426$1,205$1,191$1,092$1,066$1,014$1,003$1,077
Montgomery County$769$889$829$802$836$865$874$863$836$789$763$705$686$720$676$674
Schuylkill County$801$983$1,145$1,090$1,066$847$914$842$781$659$705$586$605$693$690

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Notes: Data not available for 2005. State level figures only represent the counties that reported data. Figures are in constant 2015 dollars.

Total Spending of County Governments
Berks County$397,108,481$420,367,631$593,694,081$543,773,882$554,075,261$423,376,972$480,141,419$425,139,896$483,059,841$413,541,717$412,350,936$401,466,557$437,655,333
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$396,861,580$525,842,653$476,998,731$552,801,002$496,661,589$517,120,293$506,883,037$509,915,120$463,910,057$428,188,646$414,958,237$408,329,269$402,726,838$407,963,409$422,043,630$418,624,554
Lancaster County$295,337,196$337,912,836$328,047,810$353,800,596$356,740,440$312,886,393$339,903,620$336,868,664$320,606,198$295,149,349$373,803,325$363,228,837$363,571,994$348,161,565$352,393,990$353,063,023
Lebanon County$67,163,367$63,413,654$64,946,649$66,623,459$91,140,640$98,839,879$95,196,244$104,501,419$102,714,057$101,169,991$99,714,720$92,633,923$89,684,983$94,152,780$107,015,206$106,611,553
Lehigh County$360,027,002$418,434,147$452,036,525$418,949,891$491,649,274$428,245,998$475,490,443$491,449,970$421,277,361$420,734,018$387,492,983$379,044,204$363,302,674$361,577,301$391,250,272
Montgomery County$575,953,325$675,177,898$635,275,357$619,719,056$648,914,426$675,674,442$686,280,864$681,349,134$665,374,380$631,543,016$614,321,628$570,030,251$557,461,214$587,155,193$553,081,952$553,368,693
Schuylkill County$120,375,890$146,653,271$170,339,786$161,072,238$156,794,479$125,301,524$135,665,960$124,963,225$115,740,850$97,238,554$103,619,135$85,839,455$87,862,607$99,726,359$98,915,201

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Notes: Data not available for 2005. State level figures only represent the counties that reported data. Figures are in constant 2015 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 Maintaining
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
Employment to Population ratio Maintaining
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 Increasing
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 Increasing
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