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West Reading, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The Borough of West Reading had a population of 4,457 as of July 1, 2020. 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 40.3337 and longitude -75.9474 in Berks County. The formal boundaries for the Borough of West Reading 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.


West Reading, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 4,457 (100%)
Population in Households 4,068 (91.3%)
Population in Families 2,971 (66.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 389 ( 8.7%)
Population Density 7,498
Diversity Index2 75


Median Household Income $46,408
Average Household Income $55,779
% of Income for Mortgage4 11%
Per Capita Income $21,585
Wealth Index5 41


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,842 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 916 (49.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 791 (42.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 135 ( 7.3%)
Median Home Value $122,150
Average Home Value $134,607
Housing Affordability Index3 173


Total Households 1,707
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 966
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.55% 0.36%
Households 0.48% 0.35%
Families 0.29% 0.23%
Median Household Income   0.83%
Per Capita Income   1.2%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.11%


West Reading, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Reading to the other 1,761 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 303 83rd
Population Density # 39 98th
Median Household Income # 1365 23rd
Housing Affordability Index # 486 28th
Per Capita Income # 1606 9th
Diversity Index # 23 99th

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