Reading, PA Demographics


Population (year 2000): 81,207. Estimated population in July 2005: 80,855 (-0.4% change)
Males: 39,205 (48.3%), Females: 42,002 (51.7%)

Berks County

Zip codes: 19601, 19602, 19604, 19605, 19606, 19607, 19608, 19609, 19610, 19611.

Median resident age: 30.6 years
Median household income: $26,698 (year 2000)
Median house value: $44,500 (year 2000)

Races in Reading:

  • White Non-Hispanic (48.1%)
  • Hispanic (37.3%)
  • Other race (22.3%)
  • Black (12.2%)
  • Two or more races (4.2%)
  • American Indian (1.0%)
  • Vietnamese (0.9%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: German (17.5%), Italian (6.5%), Irish (6.4%), Polish (4.8%), United States (3.4%), English (2.6%).

Elevation: 266 feet

Land area: 9.8 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Reading

  • High school or higher: 62.3%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 8.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.0%
  • Unemployed: 9.2%
  • Mean travel time to work: 21.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Reading city

  • Never married: 37.0%
  • Now married: 39.7%
  • Separated: 4.2%
  • Widowed: 8.3%
  • Divorced: 10.9%

10.5% Foreign born (7.4% Latin America, 1.4% Europe, 1.2% Asia).

Population change in the 1990s: +3,120 (+4.0%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers in Reading:

  • HEALTHSOUTH REHAB HOSPITAL OF READING (1623 MORGANTOWN ROAD)
  • READING HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER (6TH AVE AND SPRUCE ST)
  • ST JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER (145 N 6TH STREET)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Reading:

  • READING REGIONAL/CARL A SPAATZ FIELD (about 3 miles; READING, PA; ID: RDG)
  • LANCASTER (about 30 miles; LANCASTER, PA; ID: LNS)
  • LEHIGH VALLEY INTERNATIONAL (about 41 miles; ALLENTOWN, PA; ID: ABE)
Other public-use airports nearest to Reading:

  • MORGANTOWN (about 14 miles; MORGANTOWN, PA; ID: O03)
  • KUTZTOWN (about 15 miles; KUTZTOWN, PA; ID: N31)
  • POTTSTOWN MUNI (about 20 miles; POTTSTOWN, PA; ID: N47)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/Universities in Reading:

  • PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY-PENN STATE BERKS (Full-time enrollment: 2,003; Location: TULPEHOCKEN RD; Public; Website: www.bk.psu.edu/)
  • ALBRIGHT COLLEGE (FT enrollment: 1,660; Location: 1621 N. 13th St.; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.albright.edu)
  • READING AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (FT enrollment: 1,620; Location: 10 S SECOND ST; Public; Website: www.racc.cc.pa.us)
  • ALVERNIA COLLEGE (FT enrollment: 1,261; Location: 400 ST BERNARDINE ST; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.alvernia.edu; Offers Master’s degree)
  • PACE INSTITUTE (FT enrollment: 182; Location: 606 COURT ST; Private, for-profit; Website: www.paceinstitute.com)
  • RANDY RICK BEAUTY ACADEMY (FT enrollment: 40; Location: 450 PENN ST; Private, for-profit; Website: randyrick.com)
  • EMPIRE BEAUTY SCHOOL (FT enrollment: 38; Location: 2302 N 5TH ST; Private, for-profit; Website: www.empirebeauty.com)
  • ST JOSEPHS MEDICAL CENTER SCHOOL OF RAD TECHN (Location: 12TH AND WALNUT ST; Private, not-for-profit)
  • PENNSYLVANIA BROADCAST INSTITUTE (Location: 1406 DELAWARE AVENUE; Private, for-profit)
Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Reading:

  • KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA (about 17 miles; KUTZTOWN, PA; Full-time enrollment: 7,101)
  • LEHIGH CARBON COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 32 miles; SCHNECKSVILLE, PA; FT enrollment: 2,145)
  • IMMACULATA COLLEGE (about 33 miles; IMMACULATA, PA; FT enrollment: 2,042)
  • MUHLENBERG COLLEGE (about 34 miles; Allentown, PA; FT enrollment: 2,334)
  • WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA (about 36 miles; WEST CHESTER, PA; FT enrollment: 10,419)
  • MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA (about 39 miles; MILLERSVILLE, PA; FT enrollment: 6,384)
  • EASTERN COLLEGE (about 42 miles; ST DAVIDS, PA; FT enrollment: 2,456)

Schools

Public high schools in Reading:

  • READING SHS (Students: 3,993; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • EXETER TWP SHS (Students: 908; Grades: 10 – 12)
  • ANTIETAM MS/HS (Students: 544; Grades: 07 – 12)
Private high schools in Reading:

  • HOLY NAME HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 444; Location: 955 E WYOMISSING BLVD; Grades: 9 – 12)
  • CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 425; Location: 1400 HILL RD; Grades: 9 – 12)
  • FAIRVIEW CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 144; Location: 545 S 16TH STREET; Grades: KG – 12)
Biggest public primary/middle schools in Reading:

  • NORTHEAST MS (Students: 1,207; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • NORTHWEST MS (Students: 1,086; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • EXETER TWP JHS (Students: 1,025; Grades: 07 – 09)
  • SOUTHERN MS (Students: 877; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • THIRTEENTH & UNION EL SCH (Students: 854; Grades: PK – 05)
  • NORTHWEST EL SCH (Students: 824; Grades: PK – 05)
  • TENTH & GREEN EL SCH (Students: 761; Grades: PK – 05)
  • RIVERSIDE EL SCH (Students: 757; Grades: PK – 05)
  • AMANDA E STOUT EL SCH (Students: 751; Grades: PK – 05)
  • SOUTHWEST MS (Students: 736; Grades: 06 – 08)
Biggest private primary/middle schools in Reading:

  • ST CATHERINE OF SIENA REGIONAL (Students: 573; Location: 2330 PERKIOMEN AVE; Grades: KG – 8)
  • HOLY GUARDIAN ANGELS SCHOOL (Students: 306; Location: 3125 KUTZTOWN ROAD; Grades: PK – 8)
  • CABRINI ACADEMY (Students: 233; Location: 240 FRANKLIN STREET; Grades: PK – 8)
  • ST MARGARET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 232; Location: 233 SPRING STREET; Grades: PK – 8)
  • ST PETER SCHOOL (Students: 202; Location: 225 S 5TH ST; Grades: KG – 8)
  • ST JOSEPH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 150; Location: 1040 NORTH EIGHTH STREET; Grades: KG – 8)
  • ST MARYS SCHOOL (Students: 127; Location: 12TH AND SPRUCE STREET; Grades: PK – 8)
  • MULBERRY CHILD CARE (Students: 115; Location: 23 GIBRALTAR RD; Grades: PK – KG)
  • MULBERRY CHILD CARE (Students: 82; Location: 450 WINGO LANE; Grades: PK – KG)
  • FLYING HILLS PRESHOOL (Students: 76; Location: 11 VILLAGE CENTER; Grades: PK – KG)

Libraries

Libraries in Reading:

  • READING PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $2,653,767; Location: 100 SOUTH 5TH ST.; 263,845 books; 8,491 audio materials; 7,356 video materials; 500 serial subscriptions)
  • BERKS CO PUB LIBRARIES (Operating income: $1,243,101; Location: 1037F MACARTHUR ROAD; 25,318 books; 2,943 audio materials; 3,386 video materials; 88 serial subscriptions)
  • EXETER COMMUNITY LIBRARY (Operating income: $174,942; Location: 4565 PRESTWICK DRIVE; 14,017 books; 702 audio materials; 1,782 video materials; 50 serial subscriptions)