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Reading, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The City of Reading is the 5th largest city in Pennsylvania with a population of 90,693 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.


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Reading, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)

POPULATION

Total Population 90,693
Daytime Population: Workers 33,207
Daytime Population: Residents 57,637
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 90,844
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.00
Population in Households 88,186
Population in Familes 69,294
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,507
Population Density2 9,176
Diversity Index3 89
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $30,116
Average Household Income $41,468
Per Capita Income $14,434

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 34,975 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,030 (34.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 18,254 (52.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,691 (13.4%)
Median Home Value $76,661
Average Home Value $93,049
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 30,284
Average Household Size 2.91
Family Households 19,271
Average Family Size 4
NOTES
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.4% 0.33%
Households 0.14% 0.21%
Families 0.01% 0.13%
Median Household Income   1.23%
Per Capita Income   2.31%

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, 2017 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 Density # 16 99th
Diversity Index # 1 100th
Median Household Income # 1729 2nd
Per Capita Income # 1756 0th

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