Economy
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
2000200120022003200420062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Pennsylvania$714$808$880$914$921$544$826$693$691$730$759$748$694$713$698$751
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
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
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
2000200120022003200420062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Pennsylvania$8,768,330,774$9,937,167,056$10,849,295,203$11,307,710,419$11,428,340,579$6,811,215,242$10,381,997,765$8,736,649,093$8,751,906,655$9,278,045,408$9,669,540,474$9,544,381,657$8,866,373,511$9,123,498,693$8,932,256,964$9,606,129,011
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
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
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.




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