Reading, PA

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Living in Reading

Reading is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 88,375 people and 41 constituent neighborhoods, Reading is the fifth largest community in Pennsylvania. Reading has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

When you are in Reading, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 40.55% 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 (10.90%), sales jobs (7.31%), and food service (7.14%).

Reading has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Reading has quite a high level of public transit users. Reading’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The rate of college-level education in Reading is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 10.79% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Reading in 2018 was $15,654, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $62,616 for a family of four. Reading also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.72% 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 66.97% 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 Pennsylvania German.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Reading's cultural character, accounting for 19.12% of the city’s population.

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