Statewide Claims to Fame

Reading is 1st in Pennsylvania out of 256 other cities in Race - American Indian or Alaska Native

Reading is 1st in Pennsylvania out of 256 other cities in Race - Hispanic or Latino

Reading is 2nd in Pennsylvania out of 256 other cities in Residents younger than 18

Reading is 2nd in Pennsylvania out of 256 other cities in Residents younger than 5

Reading is 3rd in Pennsylvania out of 256 other cities in Race - Two or More

Reading is 4th in Pennsylvania out of 256 other cities in Income below poverty line

Reading is 5th in Pennsylvania out of 196 other cities in Current population (2012)

Reading is 5th in Pennsylvania out of 256 other cities in Households

Reading is 5th in Pennsylvania out of 256 other cities in Housing units

Reading is 7th in Pennsylvania out of 180 other cities in Total businesses (including small businesses)

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General Demographics

Size Demographics

Size Demographics
Reading Rank Pennsylvania US
Current population (2012) 88,102 5th 12,763,536 313,914,040
Size in square miles 9.9 26th 44,742.7 3,531,905.4
Population density (people per sqmi) 8,911.6 11th 283.9 87.4

People Demographics

Age Demographics
Reading Rank Pennsylvania US
Residents younger than 5 9.5% 2nd 5.6% 6.4%
Residents younger than 18 31.0% 2nd 21.5% 23.5%
Residents 65 or older 9.3% 242nd 16.0% 13.7%
Education Demographics
Reading Rank Pennsylvania US
Residents with high school diploma (older than 25) 64.8% 255th 87.9% 85.4%
Residents with college degree (older than 25) 9.4% 252nd 26.7% 28.2%
Race Demographics
Reading Rank Pennsylvania US
Race - White 48.4% 245th 83.5% 77.9%
Race - Black or African American 13.2% 42nd 11.4% 13.1%
Race - American Indian or Alaska Native 0.9% 1st 0.3% 1.2%
Race - Asian 1.2% 133rd 3.0% 5.1%
Race - Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 12th 0.1% 0.2%
Race - Two or More 6.1% 3rd 1.7% 2.4%
Race - Hispanic or Latino 58.2% 1st 6.1% 16.9%
Race - White, not Hispanic or Latino 28.7% 250th 78.8% 63.0%
Misc People Demographics
Reading Rank Pennsylvania US
Female residents 51.5% 186th 51.2% 50.8%
Foreign born residents 17.0% 7th 5.7% 12.8%

Housing Demographics

Housing Demographics
Reading Rank Pennsylvania US
Housing units 34,208 5th 5,579,275 132,312,404
Units inside multi-unit buildings 36.1% 70th 20.5% 25.9%
Households 31,304 5th 4,952,566 114,761,359
Home ownership rate 44.7% 234th 70.6% 66.1%
Home median value $68,800 238th $163,200 $186,200
People per household 2.7 19th 2.5 2.6

Income Demographics

Income Demographics
Reading Rank Pennsylvania US
Income per capita $13,350 256th $27,824 $27,915
Income per household $27,416 247th $51,651 $52,762
Income below poverty line 37.3% 4th 12.6% 14.3%

Business Demographics

Business Demographics
Reading Rank Pennsylvania US
Total businesses (including small businesses) 4,568 7th 981,501 27,092,908
Retail sales $733,567 12th $166,842,778 $3,3917,663,456
Retail sales per capita $9,055 127th $13,323 $12,990

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