Tourism Spending per Capita

Tourism Spending per Capita

What does this measure?

The economic impact of the travel and tourism industry on a geographic area, measured by total expenditures related to travel/tourism.

Why is this important?

Tourism brings external money into a region's economy, fueling the development of jobs, new industry and attractions. The sense that a region is a tourist destination also can boost regional pride.

How is our county performing?

In 2019, people spent about $962 million on travel and tourism in Berks County, or 2% of the over $47 billion in tourism spending statewide that year. Spending in Berks represented $2,284 per county resident, well below Pennsylvania's rate of $3,641 per resident. Total tourism spending per resident in Berks County was largely flat (increasing by 6%) from 2005 to 2019, while spending increased 15% statewide during the same period (after inflation).

Tourism spending per resident in 2019 in surrounding counties was lower than Berks in Chester ($1,668), Lebanon ($1,832), Montgomery ($1,764) and Schuylkill ($1,591) counties. Spending per resident was higher in Lancaster ($4,136) and Lehigh ($3,725). Like Berks, total tourism spending since 2005 was below 15% in all counties. Spending increased from 5% in Montgomery to 14% in Lebanon, during the same period.

Notes about the data

Figures presented are in 2020 dollars. Total expenditures include spending by domestic and international travelers in the region on transportation, lodging, meals, entertainment, recreation and other tourism-related expenses.

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Tourism Spending per Capita
Berks County$2,155$2,079$2,058$2,202$1,836$1,983$2,126$2,167$2,167$2,099$2,168$2,219$2,281$2,281$2,284
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$1,532$1,494$1,529$1,663$1,478$1,538$1,564$1,590$1,594$1,568$1,611$1,612$1,628$1,673$1,668
Lancaster County$3,848$3,753$3,691$4,007$3,557$3,815$3,938$3,889$3,888$3,936$4,026$4,139$4,171$4,169$4,136
Lebanon County$1,600$1,549$1,524$1,665$1,451$1,518$1,588$1,602$1,586$1,609$1,600$1,599$1,648$1,816$1,832
Lehigh County$3,469$3,397$3,490$3,701$3,030$3,141$3,244$3,275$3,257$3,223$3,424$3,480$3,584$3,675$3,725
Montgomery County$1,675$1,666$1,716$1,791$1,538$1,589$1,687$1,703$1,702$1,705$1,773$1,790$1,781$1,770$1,764
Schuylkill County$1,481$1,464$1,493$1,580$1,289$1,274$1,378$1,499$1,487$1,496$1,562$1,550$1,603$1,624$1,591

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Notes: Figures are in constant 2020 dollars.

Total Tourism Spending
Berks County$853,161,914$835,230,340$833,944,059$897,832,059$752,412,967$816,232,182$877,894,865$895,942,328$896,895,652$870,006,226$900,204,578$922,742,140$952,274,971$959,254,014$961,821,234
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$720,642,201$715,966,740$743,322,388$817,533,249$733,714,232$767,569,219$787,228,921$804,634,667$811,461,147$804,192,736$829,992,115$833,023,610$844,894,591$873,192,222$875,873,836
Lancaster County$1,903,778,201$1,879,974,347$1,869,852,119$2,051,346,110$1,837,422,142$1,981,769,484$2,063,225,520$2,048,786,085$2,060,760,243$2,098,925,550$2,157,040,421$2,227,219,370$2,257,838,783$2,267,599,394$2,257,106,223
Lebanon County$201,960,043$198,729,875$198,344,127$219,018,612$192,898,562$202,841,471$213,663,272$217,109,326$215,419,382$219,633,389$219,918,974$221,492,621$229,965,061$256,639,357$259,765,634
Lehigh County$1,149,210,953$1,144,108,944$1,189,440,643$1,275,885,591$1,052,075,274$1,098,358,676$1,146,556,006$1,161,861,798$1,157,309,798$1,152,719,985$1,231,502,575$1,260,804,148$1,310,209,570$1,353,798,375$1,375,867,002
Montgomery County$1,305,584,215$1,301,757,708$1,347,217,217$1,413,884,146$1,223,500,451$1,270,934,158$1,358,148,229$1,377,280,242$1,383,061,311$1,390,501,279$1,449,019,256$1,467,739,075$1,467,954,199$1,463,875,015$1,465,357,579
Schuylkill County$217,729,889$216,702,861$221,561,249$234,645,626$191,209,644$188,954,724$203,308,024$220,603,817$218,085,738$217,446,894$225,160,340$222,355,299$228,592,451$230,357,013$224,840,013

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Notes: Figures are in constant 2020 dollars.

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Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
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Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
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Brain Drain/Gain Maintaining
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People Living in Poverty Increasing
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Cost of Rent Increasing
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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