Reading, Pennsylvania Population 2021

88,041
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Reading is a city located in Berks County Pennsylvania. It is also the county seat of Berks County. With a 2020 population of 88,041, it is the 5th largest city in Pennsylvania (after Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Erie) and the 388th largest city in the United States . Reading is currently declining at a rate of -0.19% annually and its population has decreased by -0.05% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 88,082 in 2010. Reading reached it's highest population of 111,171 in 1930. Spanning over 10 miles, Reading has a population density of 8,945 people per square mile.

The average household income in Reading is $43,842 with a poverty rate of 32.72%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $811 per month, and the median house value is $73,200. The median age in Reading is 30 years, 28.9 years for males, and 31.1 years for females.

Reading Demographics

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

  • White: 53.95%
  • Other race: 16.45%
  • Two or more races: 13.96%
  • Black or African American: 12.77%
  • Native American: 1.94%
  • Asian: 0.90%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
The current population of Reading, Pennsylvania is 88,041 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 88,542.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 88,082.

Reading, Pennsylvania Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021422,4346350.15%
2020421,7996350.15%
2019421,1646350.15%
2018420,5293,0180.72%
2017417,5111,7270.41%
2016415,7846460.16%
2015415,1385790.14%
2014414,5596440.16%
2013413,9153970.10%
2012413,5185100.12%
2011413,0089690.23%
2010412,0390.00%

Reading Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White47,60553.95%
Some Other Race14,51816.45%
Two or More Races12,31813.96%
Black or African American11,26712.77%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,7161.94%
Asian7950.90%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander130.01%
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Reading Population by Race

Reading Population Pyramid $2021

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Reading Median Age

30


Total

28.9


Male

31.1


Female

Reading Adults

There are 62,384 adults, (9,132 of whom are seniors) in Reading.

Reading Age Dependency

65.7

Age Dependency Ratio

17.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

48.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Reading Sex Ratio

Female

45,047

51.06%

Male

43,185

48.94%

Reading Population by Age

Reading Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Reading Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married59.2%40.8%
Male42.2%57.8%
All39.4%60.6%
Non Family31.7%68.3%
Female27.7%72.3%

39.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Reading Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All29,0702.9439.4
Non Family10,6791.2731.7
Married8,4413.8459.2
Female7,6984.0127.7
Male2,2523.8242.2

3.72

Average Family Size

2.94

Average Household Size

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Reading Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,66214.98%
9th to 12th Grade8,51416.65%
High School Graduate17,94635.09%
Some College8,30216.23%
Associates Degree3,2086.27%
Bachelors Degree3,9447.71%
Graduate Degree1,5733.08%
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Reading Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Reading Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic29,96217,5182,291
White15,00712,6052,639
Other Race7,8604,680693
Black6,5935,160533
2+ Races5,7063,582492
Native American98338924
Asian512333132
Islander111010

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 90.91%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 90.91%.

Reading Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$25,968$30,371$21,813
Less Than 9th Grade$22,630$26,509$18,093
High School Graduate$26,463$30,378$21,763
Some College$25,801$31,040$22,810
Bachelors Degree$36,483$41,735$26,496
Graduate Degree$36,083$41,337$31,809

$25,968

Average Earnings

$30,371

Average Male

$21,813

Average Female

Reading Earnings by Educational Attainment

Reading Language by Age

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Reading Language

43.95% of Reading residents speak only English, while 56.05% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 53.37% of the population.

Reading Language

Reading Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic58,47321,81837.31%
Multiple12,1275,01041.31%
Other14,3924,47631.10%
Black10,8713,42331.49%
White17,4393,26018.69%
Native1,69082949.05%
Asian75624432.28%

32.72%

Overall Poverty Rate

29.76%

Male Poverty Rate

35.59%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Reading

The race most likely to be in poverty in Reading is Native, with 49.05% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Reading is White, with 18.69% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.88%. Among those working part-time, it was 34.95%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 43.35%.

Reading Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade35.61%
Some College25.26%
High School23.12%
Bachelors or Greater19.06%

Reading Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed55.71%
Male Unemployed42.42%
Female Employed19.08%
Male Employed12.79%

Reading Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Reading Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$32,176$43,842
Families$37,868$48,911
Married Families$55,064$63,751
Non Families$21,093$29,457
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Income by Household Type

Reading Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

30.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

32.3%

Male Marriage Rate

28.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Reading Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Reading Marital Status

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2,591

Number of Veterans

2,376

Male Veterans

215

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam681
First Gulf War425
Second Gulf War411
Korea206
World War II108

Reading Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74693
35 to 54686
55 to 64462
75+439
18 to 34311

Reading Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,8555.29%
Hispanic5831.55%
Black3954.92%
2+ Races1522.08%
Other Race1411.38%
Native American312.82%
Asian172.73%

Reading Veterans by Race

Reading Veterans by Education

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16.64%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.76%

Veteran Disability Rate

Reading Veterans by Education

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61.5%

Labor Force Participation

53.6%

Employment Rate

12.9%

Unemployment Rate

Reading Employment by Age

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Reading Employment by Race

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Reading Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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46.12%

Born in Reading

80.88%

Native Born

19.12%

Foreign Born

12.07%

Non Citizen

7.06%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

80.88% of Reading residents were born in the United States, with 46.12% having been born in Pennsylvania. 12.07% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202188,041-167-0.19%
202088,208-167-0.19%
201988,375-167-0.19%
201888,5424080.46%
201788,13460.01%
201688,128810.09%
201588,047-124-0.14%
201488,171-93-0.11%
201388,2641230.14%
201288,141-54-0.06%
201188,1951550.18%
201088,0406,8330.81%
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%

Reading Population by Year