Reading, PA


Highest Appreciating Reading Neighborhoods Since 2000

Reading, PA Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q1 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Reading Housing Market Information

With 87,879 people, 30,090 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $63,526, house prices in Reading are some of the most affordable in Pennsylvania as well as the nation.

Row houses and other attached homes are the single most common housing type in Reading, accounting for 52.93% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Reading include duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 19.69%), large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 16.72%), and a few single-family detached homes ( 10.49%). This particular housing mix is relatively uncommon and characteristic of cities that are compact and walkable, and which often have a lively downtown.

People in Reading primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) row houses and other attached homes. Reading has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.

The housing in Reading was primarily built before 1939 ( 54.33%), making the housing stock in Reading some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in Reading. The next most important housing age is between 1940-1969 ( 28.30%), followed by between 1970-1999 ( 15.40%). There's also some housing in Reading built between 2000 and later ( 1.97%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Reading. Fully 14.18% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Reading homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Reading real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.

Reading Home Appreciation Rates

Reading's appreciation rate notably has been below the national average for the last ten years. The average annual home appreciation rate in Reading during the period has been just -1.20%, which is lower than 70% of US communities.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Reading's appreciation rate, at 5.29%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Reading's appreciation rate has been 1.28%, which annualizes to a rate of 5.21%.

Relative to Pennsylvania, our data show that Reading's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 80% of the other cities and towns in Pennsylvania.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Reading differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Reading - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Reading real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,048,000 0.0
$786,001 - $1,048,000 0.0
$524,001 - $786,000 0.0
$419,001 - $524,000 0.2
$314,001 - $419,000 0.7
$210,001 - $314,000 2.4
$105,001 - $210,000 17.3
$52,001 - $105,000 43.9
$0 - $52,000 35.5

Very Low for PA
Very Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
97.1991093402086 96.0386473429952

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Reading Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
29.45% 1.51% 2 3
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,024 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 40.54
Renters 59.46
Vacant 14.18

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 2.0
1970 - 1999 15.4
1940 - 1969 28.3
1939 or Older 54.3

Types of Homes

Single-Family 10.5
Townhomes 52.9
Small Apt. Buildings 19.7
Apt. Complexes 16.7
Mobile Homes 0.2
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 4.11
1 Bedroom 18.17
2 Bedrooms 22.07
3 Bedrooms 27.60
4 Bedrooms 16.27
5 or more bedrooms 11.79