Reading, Pennsylvania Population 2019

Reading, Pennsylvania's estimated population is 88,495 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Reading, Pennsylvania is the 5th largest city in Pennsylvania based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 8964.74 people/mi² (3461.29 people/km²).

The overall median age is 29.3 years, 28 years for males, and 30.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.1 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 33,910 households in the city, with an average size of 2.94 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 5.1%, with a median rent of $770/month. The median house has 5.6 rooms, and has a value of $69,500.

The median income for households in Reading, Pennsylvania is $28,755, while the mean household income is $39,404.

Reading Pa Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Reading Pa was:

  • White: 52.84%
  • Two or more races: 19.55%
  • Black or African American: 12.10%
  • Other race: 11.68%
  • Native American: 3.19%
  • Asian: 0.52%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.11%
LatLng(40.3357, -75.9269)
Rank in State5th
StatePennsylvania
CountyBerks County
Time ZoneEastern Time Zone
Land Area (km²)25.57 (9.87 mi²)
Water Area (km²)0.67 (0.26 mi²)
TypeCity
GEOID4263624
Density (km²)3,461.29
Density (mi²)8,964.74
Area Code(s)484 / 610 / 835
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201888,4953370.38%
201788,158130.01%
201688,145620.07%
201588,083-121-0.14%
201488,204-91-0.10%
201388,2951300.15%
201288,165-47-0.05%
201188,2121480.17%
201088,0646,8570.81%
200081,2072,8270.35%
199078,380-306-0.04%
198078,686-8,957-1.07%
197087,643-10,534-1.13%
196098,177-11,143-1.07%
1950109,320-1,248-0.11%
1940110,568-603-0.05%
1930111,1713,3870.31%
1920107,78411,7131.16%
191096,07117,1101.98%
190078,96120,3003.02%
189058,66115,3833.09%
188043,2789,3482.46%
187033,93010,7683.89%
186023,1627,4193.94%
185015,7437,3336.47%
18408,4102,5543.69%
18305,8561,5243.06%
18204,3328702.27%
18103,4620.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018420,1522,6280.63%
2017417,5241,7760.43%
2016415,7485550.13%
2015415,1936000.14%
2014414,5936580.16%
2013413,9354200.10%
2012413,5155490.13%
2011412,9669410.23%
2010412,0250.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White46,646
Two or More Races17,260
Black or African American10,684
Some Other Race10,314
American Indian and Alaska Native2,815
Asian463
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander93

Reading Pa Population Pyramid 2019

Reading Pa Median Age

29.3


Total

28


Male

30.7


Female

Reading Pa Adults

There are 61,724 adults, (8,423 of whom are seniors) in Reading Pa.

Reading Pa Age Dependency

65.6

Age Dependency Ratio

15.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

49.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Reading Pa Sex Ratio

Female

44,790

50.74%

Male

43,485

49.26%

Reading Pa Households and Families

Reading Pa Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Reading Pa Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married60.1%39.9%
Male50.5%49.5%
All40.6%59.4%
Non Family33%67%
Female26.4%73.6%

40.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All28,9802.9440.6
Non Family10,4551.2833
Married8,3803.9460.1
Female7,6403.8526.4
Male2,5053.7950.5

3.71

Average Family Size

2.94

Average Household Size

9.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Reading Pa Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,78515.47%
9th to 12th Grade9,08518.05%
High School Graduate17,73735.24%
Some College8,17016.23%
Associates Degree2,9445.85%
Bachelors Degree3,2146.39%
Graduate Degree1,3952.77%

Reading Pa Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic28,34215,6021,740
White15,72312,9622,302
Multiple Races7,7854,534585
Black6,3965,026607
Other Race5,4983,062306
Native American1,36841254
Asian33521548
Islander3366

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 82.44%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 18.18%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$23,161$27,267$19,191
Less Than High School$19,417$24,453$14,115
High School Grad$23,676$27,847$19,454
Some College$23,846$27,635$21,746
Bachelors Degree$34,143$39,016$27,667
Graduate Degree$47,065$47,250$47,014

$23,161

Average Earnings

$27,267

Average Male

$19,191

Average Female

Reading Pa Language

Reading Pa Language by Age

Reading Pa Language

44.50% of Reading Pa residents speak only English, while 55.50% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 53.13% of the population.

Reading Pa Poverty

Reading Pa Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic56,56224,09242.59%
Multiple17,0867,35543.05%
Other10,2394,05639.61%
White18,9533,86120.37%
Black10,2793,45533.61%
Native2,7951,10039.36%
Asian43317440.18%
Islander938793.55%

36.63%

Overall Poverty Rate

32.97%

Male Poverty Rate

40.18%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Reading Pa

The race most likely to be in poverty in Reading Pa is Islander, with 93.55% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Reading Pa is White, with 20.37% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 7.61%. Among those working part-time, it was 35.77%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 48.36%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School40.23%
Some College25.71%
High School25.55%
Bachelors or Greater17.97%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed57.58%
Male Unemployed47.77%
Female Employed23.17%
Male Employed13.32%

Reading Pa Income

Reading Pa Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$28,755$39,404
Families$32,181$42,541
Married Families$43,746$55,173
Non Families$20,190$29,426

Reading Pa Marital Status

Reading Pa Marital Status

Marriage Rates

30.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

31.7%

Male Marriage Rate

28.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Reading Pa Married by Age and Sex

Reading Pa Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Reading Pa Marital Status by Race

Reading Pa Veterans

2,363

Number of Veterans

2,173

Male Veterans

190

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam674
Second Gulf War404
Korea257
First Gulf War220
World War II174

Reading Pa Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White1,8895.47%
Hispanic4241.19%
Black2493.22%
2 or More1151.14%
Other1101.56%

Reading Pa Veterans by Education

15.44%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.27%

Veteran Disability Rate

Reading Pa Employment Status

61.9%

Labor Force Participation

51.4%

Employment Rate

16.9%

Unemployment Rate

Reading Pa Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

47.86%

Born in Pennsylvania

81.12%

Native Born

18.88%

Foreign Born

12.01%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

81.12% of Reading Pa residents were born in the United States, with 47.86% having been born in Pennsylvania. 12.01% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.