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 $1,138 per resident in 2017, up 17% from 2000, but down from $1,569 in 2008.

Local government spending across Pennsylvania was higher than Berks, at $1,583 per resident in 2017, an increase of 15% from 2000. Among neighboring counties, Lehigh ($1,270) and Montgomery ($1,304) counties had more spending per capita than Berks in 2017. Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Schuylkill counties all had lower spending per resident than Berks. The City of Reading, at $1,846 per resident, had significantly higher 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 2018 dollars.

Spending of Local Governments
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania$1,382$1,363$1,475$1,473$1,477$1,497$2,109$1,520$2,603$1,631$1,848$1,705$1,695$1,664$1,652$1,588$1,591$1,583
Berks County$971$966$1,068$1,099$1,106$1,172$1,396$1,297$1,569$1,351$1,191$1,176$1,239$1,129$1,213$1,297$1,138$1,138
Berks County Regions
Central$1,249$1,318$1,414$1,476$1,475$1,649$2,142$1,554$2,301$1,927$1,725$1,872$1,892$1,715$2,098$2,275$1,658$1,670
Northeast$713$735$790$919$743$821$950$911$963$875$700$736$694$743$713$716$741$720
South$1,089$992$1,344$1,273$1,169$1,331$1,307$1,921$1,547$1,557$1,419$1,135$1,412$1,165$1,081$1,210$1,296$1,181
Southeast$881$951$770$875$1,341$913$952$862$1,104$1,070$808$879$702$829$815$796$786$915
West$585$509$536$515$529$632$756$658$744$710$597$573$732$648$634$615$597$684
Reading city$1,429$1,525$1,650$1,650$1,673$1,933$2,582$1,809$2,702$2,200$2,007$2,239$2,138$2,010$2,502$2,718$1,948$1,846
Berks County Peers
Chester County$898$840$1,019$975$1,120$1,134$1,089$1,208$1,262$1,147$912$867$1,036$943$971$996$1,052$1,037
Lancaster County$793$654$840$861$773$819$1,601$971$464$1,192$1,780$1,256$1,654$722$1,765$940$1,212$972
Lebanon County$615$443$460$540$529$557$869$634$708$730$489$595$928$970$580$678$685$631
Lehigh County$1,269$1,203$1,120$1,151$1,172$1,117$1,322$1,255$1,612$1,334$407$1,056$1,503$823$1,412$1,267$1,186$1,270
Montgomery County$1,215$1,094$1,152$1,123$1,194$1,229$1,224$1,298$1,411$1,330$1,222$1,262$1,220$1,203$1,234$1,353$1,329$1,304
Schuylkill County$685$670$626$649$661$672$789$729$700$734$886$759$700$740$694$821$756$727

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.




Total Spending of Local Governments
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania$16,010,418,863$16,250,020,073$17,642,530,398$18,001,079,779$17,897,096,356$18,077,713,615$13,245,779,022$18,581,640,461$14,746,977,444$20,463,829,518$15,814,547,429$15,655,959,885$16,702,089,818$17,328,371,394$17,934,940,815$19,913,935,608$19,956,432,483$19,819,856,277
Berks County$326,479,817$353,504,280$396,248,889$407,766,210$410,487,531$434,872,190$466,414,775$471,444,542$455,475,810$491,184,644$481,516,945$471,555,504$509,850,126$461,067,123$499,243,023$531,285,430$468,285,562$468,163,655
Berks County Regions
Central$129,563,520$143,350,590$153,748,037$160,555,613$160,447,363$179,344,252$232,937,143$169,055,682$241,642,021$209,625,438$205,653,680$223,103,370$225,555,602$199,051,725$250,074,491$271,144,935$197,693,090$199,075,410
Northeast$36,740,840$43,716,688$47,023,125$54,720,039$44,239,757$48,883,211$44,211,898$54,224,807$45,189,909$52,058,487$45,305,274$47,590,221$44,863,028$48,054,502$46,121,207$46,293,989$47,918,188$46,550,707
South$88,453,788$92,456,877$125,243,381$118,602,853$108,962,484$124,033,805$108,522,139$167,408,564$105,408,692$135,709,946$151,235,277$124,366,384$154,727,658$127,732,895$118,504,302$132,573,537$142,041,854$129,400,102
Southeast$37,428,717$41,900,560$36,616,611$41,582,559$63,722,601$43,410,636$40,428,161$40,951,246$33,711,106$50,862,352$43,642,631$42,997,350$37,938,242$44,792,514$44,023,395$42,998,151$42,450,256$49,430,221
West$31,071,309$28,676,975$32,428,266$31,155,460$32,005,428$38,218,167$40,315,434$39,804,243$29,524,083$42,928,420$35,680,084$33,498,179$46,765,595$41,435,488$40,519,629$38,274,817$38,182,174$43,707,215
Reading city$111,982,565$123,859,502$133,993,871$134,020,679$135,870,460$156,950,673$209,635,974$146,907,044$219,384,412$178,616,996$176,742,708$197,185,820$188,351,446$177,083,426$220,400,701$239,371,707$171,600,837$162,592,941
Berks County Peers
Chester County$337,042,032$335,335,903$441,644,133$422,869,524$477,071,440$491,491,716$269,940,495$523,688,754$108,086,245$491,505,217$429,520,814$237,062,569$502,567,772$469,601,263$484,637,566$495,661,515$523,598,436$517,515,080
Lancaster County$335,328,439$267,055,570$386,840,287$405,271,685$363,831,980$385,342,924$196,380,956$457,039,441$13,010,209$560,985,915$59,001,367$61,419,584$157,729,966$61,445,529$271,816,640$488,381,094$628,094,914$503,890,323
Lebanon County$69,934,911$42,436,251$44,057,953$64,905,110$63,682,934$67,010,850$2,755,019$76,236,194$3,199,207$87,763,702$6,567,597$6,943,893$38,647,866$34,818,582$33,707,624$90,548,971$91,523,780$84,301,478
Lehigh County$324,096,951$352,610,118$328,082,251$337,416,783$343,564,994$327,221,564$44,754,755$367,809,856$191,137,205$397,980,396$884,348$24,247,362$223,450,143$72,121,679$243,926,396$394,135,288$368,890,784$394,932,303
Montgomery County$772,310,169$823,089,181$846,049,839$827,104,681$876,928,346$910,563,867$233,046,286$976,479,289$490,479,953$1,000,479,079$809,018,961$1,007,374,090$977,142,651$942,639,995$989,684,541$1,085,579,760$1,066,341,059$1,046,130,182
Schuylkill County$95,491,893$96,566,296$92,054,795$97,018,667$98,717,418$99,447,932$50,928,524$109,497,520$58,340,894$110,269,935$109,875,217$105,781,835$101,844,867$108,989,486$101,431,559$111,858,277$100,900,614$98,707,071

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.




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