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.




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
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 Decreasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population ratio Increasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Decreasing
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
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 Decreasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Decreasing
Student Performance on High School English Decreasing
Student Performance on High School Math Maintaining
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Decreasing
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 Decreasing
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 Decreasing
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