Economy
Spending of School Districts


Spending of School Districts

What does this measure?

The annual per capita spending for public education in a county, adjusted for inflation.

Why is this important?

Free public education was long ago embraced as a cornerstone of a fair society. Schools must prepare the next generation to become productive members of society and compete in the global economy. Yet the cost of public education has been rising more rapidly than many other goods and services and can become a burden to taxpayers, particularly those on fixed incomes or whose incomes are not keeping pace with tax increases

How is our region doing?

Schools in Berks County spent $2,915 per resident in 2019, up 44% from $2,024 in 2001. Berk's spent more per resident than Pennsylvania in 2019, and has spent more than the state each year since 2001.

Compared to neighboring counties, Berks spent more per resident than Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, and Schuylkill in 2019, but less than Chester and Montgomery. At $3,215, Chester County had the highest school spending per resident, while Schuylkill County (at $2,089) spent the least.

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 2019 dollars.

Spending of School Districts
2001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Pennsylvania$1,864$1,932$1,985$2,074$2,114$2,170$2,207$2,234$2,297$2,342$2,348$2,284$2,334$2,348$2,467$2,516$2,653$2,568$2,630
Berks County$2,024$2,054$2,111$2,178$2,270$2,340$2,471$2,457$2,577$2,667$2,621$2,632$2,698$2,605$2,864$2,766$2,912$2,857$2,915
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$2,180$2,263$2,360$2,505$2,574$2,664$2,758$2,808$2,941$3,000$2,984$2,995$3,104$3,059$3,290$3,291$3,109$3,134$3,215
Lancaster County$1,685$1,707$1,754$1,791$1,798$1,826$1,922$1,956$2,028$2,019$1,986$1,948$1,991$2,013$2,103$2,116$2,198$2,203$2,238
Lebanon County$1,651$1,731$1,707$1,746$1,791$1,820$1,924$2,016$2,036$2,111$1,965$1,949$2,052$2,051$2,042$2,126$2,188$2,247$2,221
Lehigh County$1,742$1,792$1,829$1,901$1,964$2,005$2,073$2,085$2,185$2,234$2,263$2,232$2,250$2,321$2,396$2,512$2,595$2,630$2,734
Montgomery County$2,061$2,148$2,241$2,367$2,422$2,541$2,577$2,605$2,662$2,673$2,643$2,620$2,648$2,689$2,802$2,841$3,092$3,049$3,074
Schuylkill County$1,567$1,638$1,838$1,683$1,899$1,804$1,733$1,761$1,886$2,030$1,873$2,072$1,882$2,042$2,343$2,271$2,132$2,221$2,089

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Notes: Figures are in constant 2019 dollars.




Total Spending of School Districts
2001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Pennsylvania$22,925,343,784$23,826,534,128$24,563,279,087$25,740,533,802$26,321,620,082$27,145,912,921$27,731,575,572$28,181,661,563$29,093,396,612$29,752,478,652$29,931,244,847$29,161,417,243$29,821,976,185$30,027,970,192$31,534,640,901$32,155,718,825$33,929,444,133$32,869,295,843$33,670,156,109
Berks County$764,183,985$783,262,244$814,526,859$851,203,112$898,955,343$940,130,510$1,001,150,290$1,001,658,677$1,056,476,347$1,097,620,893$1,082,323,134$1,088,207,600$1,116,636,139$1,079,850,121$1,188,780,018$1,150,052,341$1,215,992,868$1,201,335,521$1,227,524,469
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$961,482,328$1,013,345,844$1,073,976,599$1,159,465,769$1,211,132,257$1,276,228,048$1,340,959,487$1,379,971,124$1,459,612,082$1,497,524,404$1,502,286,233$1,515,888,416$1,580,350,238$1,568,516,990$1,694,383,035$1,700,653,708$1,613,257,622$1,636,354,081$1,688,075,559
Lancaster County$800,990,778$819,403,339$850,837,037$877,543,496$889,477,500$914,590,475$973,856,222$1,001,636,261$1,047,372,866$1,048,544,917$1,040,710,309$1,026,481,445$1,055,002,754$1,073,426,781$1,126,590,805$1,138,895,285$1,189,762,497$1,198,337,740$1,221,488,065
Lebanon County$199,688,884$210,625,522$210,272,322$217,673,365$225,964,346$233,480,315$250,467,296$265,246,169$270,768,728$281,990,367$264,358,007$264,122,006$278,662,891$279,985,795$280,754,044$294,476,164$305,355,543$317,570,009$314,891,685
Lehigh County$548,493,020$568,631,536$588,180,277$619,871,657$650,645,370$675,317,480$706,482,282$718,728,357$758,857,618$781,259,229$799,878,111$791,751,033$799,526,736$830,024,331$861,824,818$910,028,436$948,782,445$968,813,195$1,009,579,558
Montgomery County$1,565,169,566$1,645,352,226$1,731,371,108$1,838,119,993$1,887,753,537$1,986,160,798$2,023,408,562$2,056,151,959$2,117,601,052$2,137,715,060$2,128,517,735$2,118,600,709$2,151,652,490$2,193,567,161$2,289,611,057$2,329,208,069$2,548,725,082$2,521,692,483$2,554,122,638
Schuylkill County$233,692,450$243,620,960$271,641,648$247,517,302$279,156,814$267,053,222$257,189,172$261,399,471$279,744,079$301,033,822$276,269,851$304,880,084$275,964,970$296,907,090$337,669,874$325,937,775$303,952,200$314,990,540$295,265,242

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Notes: Figures are in constant 2019 dollars.




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
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 Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Maintaining
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households by type Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Seniors Living Alone Decreasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
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 County/Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
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
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Enrollment in Local Colleges Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income Increasing
Health Status Not Applicable
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 Not Applicable
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Students in K-6 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent Increasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
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 Not Applicable
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Toxic Chemical Releases Decreasing
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing