Economy
Spending for Local Government

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Spending of Local Governments

What does this measure?

The annual per-capita spending for cities, towns, villages, and county within a county, 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 does our county compare?

Local governments in Lancaster County spent $1,307 per resident in 2018, up 62% from 2000, but down from $1,797 in 2014.

Local government spending across Pennsylvania was higher than Lancaster, at $1,652 per resident in 2018, an increase of 17% from 2000. None of Lancaster's neighboring counties had higher spending per capita than Lancaster in 2018. While Chester ($1,035), Berks ($1,132) and Dauphin ($1,124) were all relatively close, Cumberland ($861), Lebanon ($698), and York ($736) were significantly below.

Notes about the data

Data are presented in constant 2019 dollars.

Spending of Local Governments
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Pennsylvania$1,408$1,387$1,502$1,500$1,504$1,524$2,148$1,547$2,651$1,660$1,882$1,736$1,726$1,694$1,682$1,616$1,620$1,612$1,652
Lancaster County$807$666$856$877$787$834$1,630$989$472$1,214$1,812$1,279$1,684$735$1,797$957$1,234$990$1,307
Berks County$989$983$1,087$1,119$1,126$1,193$1,421$1,321$1,597$1,376$1,213$1,198$1,262$1,150$1,235$1,320$1,159$1,159$1,132
Chester County$914$855$1,037$993$1,140$1,154$1,109$1,230$1,285$1,168$928$883$1,055$960$989$1,014$1,071$1,056$1,035
Cumberland County$731$679$723$783$772$872$921$864$766$847$798$1,190$996$996$932$880$1,090$931$861
Dauphin County$1,141$1,073$1,166$1,181$1,163$1,169$1,534$1,235$2,402$1,278$838$1,686$1,353$1,346$1,381$1,113$1,235$1,093$1,124
Lebanon County$626$451$468$549$539$567$885$645$721$743$498$606$945$988$590$690$698$643$698
York County$856$829$862$888$879$901$1,015$972$1,155$971$961$978$809$932$883$893$930$872$736

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Notes: Figures are in constant 2019 dollars.




Total Spending of Local Governments
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Pennsylvania$16,300,523,901$16,544,466,629$17,962,208,915$18,327,255,127$18,221,387,549$18,405,277,550$13,485,789,434$18,918,335,432$15,014,189,219$20,834,629,314$16,101,103,323$15,939,642,210$17,004,727,772$17,642,357,423$18,259,917,740$20,274,771,455$20,318,038,364$20,178,987,429$20,470,831,743
Lancaster County$341,404,512$271,894,554$393,849,742$412,615,113$370,424,531$392,325,247$199,939,333$465,320,889$13,245,951$571,150,849$60,070,458$62,532,492$160,587,996$62,558,908$276,741,894$497,230,445$639,475,847$513,020,697$677,223,332
Berks County$332,395,554$359,909,695$403,428,826$415,154,839$417,925,469$442,751,973$474,866,101$479,987,007$463,728,925$500,084,795$490,241,919$480,099,979$519,088,491$469,421,551$508,289,190$540,912,197$476,770,787$476,646,671$465,764,793
Chester County$343,149,154$341,412,111$449,646,621$430,531,821$485,715,863$500,397,430$274,831,753$533,177,872$110,044,742$500,411,176$437,303,630$241,358,087$511,674,182$478,110,328$493,419,086$504,642,785$533,085,917$526,892,332$497,475,038
Cumberland County$136,599,403$140,810,068$146,565,459$164,659,970$155,306,555$182,113,469$40,432,576$185,641,971$18,890,842$181,635,428$53,488,734$148,528,734$99,444,441$86,743,058$128,012,300$206,851,612$256,328,993$218,898,317$202,353,084
Dauphin County$265,313,180$270,282,728$287,367,340$297,392,715$285,345,244$294,261,436$171,657,935$310,012,345$152,323,237$321,912,696$82,271,144$186,873,816$218,136,300$249,541,657$266,644,325$298,524,577$331,184,082$292,175,929$300,569,505
Lebanon County$71,202,115$43,205,186$44,856,273$66,081,175$64,836,854$68,225,071$2,804,939$77,617,576$3,257,176$89,353,960$6,686,600$7,069,715$39,348,156$35,449,487$34,318,398$92,189,697$93,182,170$85,829,001$93,190,071
York County$286,393,630$313,366,348$317,332,675$337,199,778$334,143,538$342,389,404$201,761,144$369,381,056$250,339,014$369,150,020$319,238,472$423,300,280$314,150,291$405,116,525$380,701,922$384,933,559$400,637,198$375,584,940$284,599,003

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Notes: Figures are in constant 2019 dollars.




INDICATORS TREND
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance in Grade 11 English Not Applicable
Student Performance in Grade 11 Math Decreasing
Per-Student Spending Maintaining
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Maintaining
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Enrollment in Local Colleges Decreasing
College Graduation Rates Decreasing
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Not Applicable
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Violent Crime Rate Maintaining
Incarceration Rate Maintaining
Incarceration Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population Density Increasing
Air Quality Increasing
Water Use Decreasing
Waterways Impaired by Pollution Not Applicable
Population by Age Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People with Disabilities Increasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Change in Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Workers by Occupation Not Applicable
Change in Labor Force Maintaining
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 Increasing
Female to Male Earnings Ratio Maintaining
Employer Size Not Applicable
Change in Number of Businesses by Sector Increasing
Change in Total Agricultural Sales Increasing
Spending for Local Government Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Working Poor Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Receiving Temporary Assistance Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
Median Home Value Maintaining
Occupied Housing Units Decreasing
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Rent Maintaining
Cost of Renting Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Health Status Maintaining
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Mortality Rates Decreasing
Fatal Drug Overdoses Increasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
High-Tech Jobs Increasing
STEM Graduates Increasing
Science and Engineering Research and Development Maintaining
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Incarceration Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable


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