Reading is a very small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 1,081 people and just one neighborhood, Reading is the 464th largest community in Michigan. Reading has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Reading is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 44.59% of the Reading workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Reading is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Reading who work in office and administrative support (14.44%), healthcare suport services (9.77%), and sales jobs (6.58%).
A relatively large number of people in Reading telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.59% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Reading’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.
In Reading, just 8.77% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.
The per capita income in Reading in 2018 was $15,332, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $61,328 for a family of four. However, Reading contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Reading also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 38.62% of its population below the federal poverty line.
The people who call Reading home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Reading residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Reading include German, English, Swedish, Irish, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Reading is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Italian.
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Significantly, 6.3% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak German/Yiddish at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 99.3% of the neighborhoods in America.
There are two complementary measures for understanding the income of a neighborhood's residents: the average and the extremes. While a neighborhood may be relatively wealthy overall, it is equally important to understand the rate of people - particularly children - who are living at or below the federal poverty line, which is extremely low income. Some neighborhoods with a lower average income may actually have a lower childhood poverty rate than another with a higher average income, and this helps us understand the conditions and character of a neighborhood.
The neighbors in the neighborhood in Reading are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 71.3% of U.S. neighborhoods. With 46.2% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 92.0% of U.S. neighborhoods.
The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. But it is also true that you are what you do for a living. The types of occupations your neighbors have shape their character, and together as a group, their collective occupations shape the culture of a place.
In the neighborhood, 36.6% of the working population is employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is executive, management, and professional occupations, with 28.8% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations (17.7%), and 15.4% in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants.
The languages spoken by people in this neighborhood are diverse. These are tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are at home with their families. The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 92.5% of households. Other important languages spoken here include German/Yiddish and Polish.
Boston's Beacon Hill blue-blood streets, Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish enclaves, Los Angeles' Persian neighborhoods. Each has its own culture derived primarily from the ancestries and culture of the residents who call these neighborhoods home. Likewise, each neighborhood in America has its own culture – some more unique than others – based on lifestyle, occupations, the types of households – and importantly – on the ethnicities and ancestries of the people who live in the neighborhood. Understanding where people came from, who their grandparents or great-grandparents were, can help you understand how a neighborhood is today.
In the neighborhood in Reading, MI, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as German (29.2%). There are also a number of people of English ancestry (12.7%), and residents who report Irish roots (9.6%), and some of the residents are also of Polish ancestry (3.6%), along with some French ancestry residents (2.3%), among others.
Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a long and arduous commute. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend between 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work (46.0% of working residents), which is shorter than the time spent commuting to work for most Americans.
Here most residents (81.7%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (6.2%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.