Reading, Pennsylvania Population 2020

88,521

Reading is a city located in Pennsylvania. With a 2020 population of 88,521, it is the 5th largest city in Pennsylvania (after Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Erie) and the 385th largest city in the United States. Reading is currently growing at a rate of 0.01% annually and its population has increased by 0.50% 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 8,993 people per square mile.

The average household income in Reading is $41,113 with a poverty rate of 35.42%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $797 per month, and the median house value is $70,800. The median age in Reading is 29.3 years, 28.3 years for males, and 30.2 years for females. For every 100 females there are 94.9 males.

Reading Demographics

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

  • White: 53.29%
  • Two or more races: 18.89%
  • Other race: 12.30%
  • Black or African American: 12.25%
  • Native American: 2.52%
  • Asian: 0.73%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
The current population of Reading, Pennsylvania is 88,521, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 88,495.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 88,082.

Reading, Pennsylvania Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020425,4082,6280.62%
2019422,7802,6280.62%
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 Percentage
White47,01253.29%
Two or More Races16,66418.89%
Some Other Race10,84812.30%
Black or African American10,81012.25%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,2212.52%
Asian6440.73%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander120.01%

Reading Population Pyramid 2020

Reading Median Age

29.3


Total

28.3


Male

30.2


Female

Reading Adults

There are 61,491 adults, (8,444 of whom are seniors) in Reading.

Reading Age Dependency

66.3

Age Dependency Ratio

15.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

50.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Reading Sex Ratio

Female

45,249

51.30%

Male

42,962

48.70%

Reading Households and Families

Reading Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Reading Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married60.7%39.3%
Male40.6%59.4%
All39.4%60.6%
Non Family31.1%68.9%
Female26.6%73.4%

39.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All28,8052.9639.4
Non Family10,4501.2531.1
Married8,4993.9660.7
Female7,6463.9426.6
Male2,2103.8240.6

3.77

Average Family Size

2.96

Average Household Size

9.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Reading Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,86915.67%
9th to 12th Grade8,35616.64%
High School Graduate17,97835.80%
Some College8,17316.27%
Associates Degree2,9885.95%
Bachelors Degree3,4066.78%
Graduate Degree1,4522.89%

Reading Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic29,18216,5522,043
White14,81212,4822,291
Multiple Races7,3064,254590
Black6,4195,125533
Other Race6,0273,696451
Native American1,16734320
Asian44625450
Islander121212

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$24,012$27,833$20,387
Less Than High School$20,376$24,398$15,688
High School Grad$24,460$28,292$20,446
Some College$24,660$28,348$21,955
Bachelors Degree$35,667$41,690$26,157
Graduate Degree$45,156$41,808$48,145

$24,012

Average Earnings

$27,833

Average Male

$20,387

Average Female

Reading Language

Reading Language by Age

Reading Language

42.96% of Reading residents speak only English, while 57.04% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 54.11% of the population.

Reading Poverty

Reading Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic58,15023,51940.45%
Multiple16,4957,25343.97%
Other10,7253,84035.80%
Black10,3753,60834.78%
White17,5513,42119.49%
Native2,19595043.28%
Asian60924440.07%

35.42%

Overall Poverty Rate

31.76%

Male Poverty Rate

38.92%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Reading

The race most likely to be in poverty in Reading is Multiple, with 43.97% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Reading is White, with 19.49% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 8.15%. Among those working part-time, it was 36.51%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 45.71%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School38.68%
Some College26.63%
High School25.45%
Bachelors or Greater18.07%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed59.59%
Male Unemployed44.55%
Female Employed22.37%
Male Employed14.04%

Reading Income

Reading Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$30,087$41,113
Families$35,162$45,527
Married Families$50,550$58,915
Non Families$20,455$28,534

Reading Marital Status

Reading Marital Status

Marriage Rates

30.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

32.6%

Male Marriage Rate

29.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Reading Married by Age and Sex

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

Reading Veterans

2,422

Number of Veterans

2,203

Male Veterans

219

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam647
Second Gulf War421
First Gulf War342
Korea202
World War II144
Name Veterans % of Total
White1,8365.37%
Hispanic4701.28%
Black3264.19%
2 or More1211.24%
Other1201.55%
Asian193.53%

$Reading Veterans by Education

18.53%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.02%

Veteran Disability Rate

Reading Employment Status

62.3%

Labor Force Participation

52.6%

Employment Rate

15.5%

Unemployment Rate

Reading 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

47.04%

Born in Pennsylvania

80.46%

Native Born

19.54%

Foreign Born

12.45%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

80.46% of Reading residents were born in the United States, with 47.04% having been born in Pennsylvania. 12.45% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202088,521130.01%
201988,508130.01%
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%