Reading, Pennsylvania Population 2023

97,221

Reading is a city located in Berks County Pennsylvania. It is also the county seat of Berks County. With a 2023 population of 97,221, it is the 4th largest city in Pennsylvania and the 366th largest city in the United States.Reading is currently growing at a rate of 0.73% annually and its population has increased by 2.22% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 95,112 in 2020. Spanning over 10 miles, Reading has a population density of 9,877 people per square mile.

The average household income in Reading is $43,842 with a poverty rate of 39.87%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Reading is 30.6 years, 29.3 years for males, and 31.7 years for females.

Reading Demographics

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

  • White: 47.47%
  • Other race: 20.4%
  • Two or more races: 16.56%
  • Black or African American: 13.28%
  • Native American: 1.21%
  • Asian: 1.06%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Reading, Pennsylvania is 97,221 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 95,112.

Reading, Pennsylvania Population 2023

Reading Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

White

Other race

Two or more races

Black or African American

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Reading Population by Race

Reading Population Pyramid 2023

Reading Median Age

30.6

Total

29.3

Male

31.7

Female

Reading Adults

There are 62,651 adults, (9,301 of whom are seniors) in Reading.

Reading Age Dependency

65.6

Age Dependency Ratio

17.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

48.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Reading Sex Ratio

Female45,42451.42%
Male42,90948.58%

Reading Population by Age

Reading Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.56

Average Family Size

2.85

Average Household Size

39.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Reading Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Reading Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Reading Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 72.65%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 21.93%.

Reading Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$27,376

Average Earnings

$31,705

Average Male

$23,722

Average Female

Reading Earnings by Educational Attainment

Reading Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Reading Language

44.87% of Reading residents speak only English, while 55.13% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 52.95% of the population.

Reading Language

Reading Poverty by Race

rate

39.87%

Overall Poverty Rate

27.94%

Male Poverty Rate

33.79%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Reading

The race most likely to be in poverty in Reading is Asian, with 75.41% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Reading is White, with 20.1% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.95%. Among those working part-time, it was 33.93%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 42.93%.

Reading Poverty

Reading Poverty Rate by Education

Reading Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Reading Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Reading Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

30.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

33.0%

Male Marriage Rate

28.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Reading Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Reading 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 55-64.

Reading Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Reading Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

2,544

Number of Veterans

2,373

Male Veterans

171

Female Veterans

Reading Veterans by War

Reading Veterans by Age

count

Reading Veterans by Race

Reading Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

14.74%

Veteran Poverty Rate

36.49%

Veteran Disability Rate

Reading Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

61%

Labor Force Participation

54%

Employment Rate

11.4%

Unemployment Rate

Reading Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Reading Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Reading Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

43.98%

Born in Reading

75.6%

Native Born

17.27%

Foreign Born

10.52%

Non Citizen

6.75%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

75.6% of Reading residents were born in the United States, with 43.98% having been born in Pennsylvania. 10.52% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Reading Place of Birth

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Reading Population by Year