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Reading, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The City of Reading is the 5th largest city in Pennsylvania with a population of 90,933 as of July 1, 2016. Reading ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Pennsylvania. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Reading is located at latitude 40.3392 and longitude -75.9263 in Berks County. The formal boundaries for the City of Reading (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.88 sq. miles and a water area of 0.25 sq. miles. Berks County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 256 feet.

The City of Reading (GNIS ID: 1214924) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Reading population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Reading, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 90,933
Population in Households 88,432
Population in Familes 69,511
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,501
Population Density1 9,200
Diversity Index2 89


Total Households 30,433
Average Household Size 2.91
Family Households 19,340
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 35,088 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,044 (34.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 18,389 (52.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,655 (13.3%)
Median Home Value $73,943
Average Home Value $90,308


Median Household Income $28,485
Average Household Income $39,180
Per Capita Income $13,697
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.51% 0.35%
Households 0.24% 0.23%
Families 0.07% 0.12%
Median Household Income   -0.34%
Per Capita Income   0.86%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Reading, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Reading to the other 1,762 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 5 100th
Population Density1 # 16 99th
Diversity Index2 # 1 100th
Median Household Income # 1731 2nd
Per Capita Income # 1758 0th

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