Reading, PA
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Reading profile

Living in Reading

Reading is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 94,844 people and 48 constituent neighborhoods, Reading is the fourth largest community in Pennsylvania. Much of the housing stock in Reading was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

When you are in Reading, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 40.60% of Reading’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Reading is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Reading who work in office and administrative support (11.21%), food service (7.06%), and healthcare suport services (6.68%).

A lot of people in Reading take taxis for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Reading, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

In Reading, just 10.07% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Reading in 2018 was $17,150, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $68,600 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 30.94% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Reading is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Reading home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Reading, accounting for 67.02% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Reading residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Reading include German, Irish, Italian, Polish, and English.

Reading also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.60%.

The most common language spoken in Reading is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and French Creole.