West Reading, PA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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West Reading, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The Borough of West Reading had a population of 4,149 as of July 1, 2016. West 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 West Reading is located at latitude 40.3338 and longitude -75.9469 in Berks County. The formal boundaries for the Borough of West Reading (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.59 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Berks County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 302 feet.

The Borough of West Reading (GNIS ID: 1214935) 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 West 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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West Reading, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 4,149
Population in Households 3,746
Population in Familes 2,750
Population in Group Qrtrs 403
Population Density1 7,013
Diversity Index2 68


Total Households 1,579
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 902
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,742 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 843 (48.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 736 (42.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 163 ( 9.4%)
Median Home Value $126,062
Average Home Value $157,562


Median Household Income $45,007
Average Household Income $56,708
Per Capita Income $23,712
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.24% -0.05%
Households -0.46% -0.17%
Families -0.62% -0.27%
Median Household Income   1.13%
Per Capita Income   1.33%
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.

West Reading, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West 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 # 324 82nd
Population Density1 # 51 97th
Diversity Index2 # 33 98th
Median Household Income # 1102 38th
Per Capita Income # 1069 39th

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