Berks County, PA

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2020 Population
419,062
0.248% 1-year growth
US Senator
Bob Casey Jr.
Democratic Party
US Senator
Pat Toomey
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
40.2
0.752% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
11.7%
2.46% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$66,154
3.81% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$187,600
4.98% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
206,343
0.338% 1-year growth

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In 2020, Berks County, PA had a population of 419k people with a median age of 40.2 and a median household income of $66,154. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Berks County, PA grew from 418,025 to 419,062, a 0.248% increase and its median household income grew from $63,728 to $66,154, a 3.81% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Berks County, PA are White (Non-Hispanic) (70.5%), White (Hispanic) (9.51%), Other (Hispanic) (6.2%), Two+ (Hispanic) (4.5%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4%).

None of the households in Berks County, PA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96.4% of the residents in Berks County, PA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Berks County, PA are Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (1,817 degrees awarded in 2020), Alvernia University (815 degrees), and Reading Area Community College (457 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Berks County, PA was $187,600, and the homeownership rate was 71%. Most people in Berks County, PA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Berks County, PA was 2 cars per household.

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Diversity

Berks County, PA is home to a population of 419k people, from which 96.4% are citizens. As of 2020, 7.54% of Berks County, PA residents were born outside of the country (31.6k people).

In 2020, there were 7.41 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (295k people) in Berks County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 39.8k White (Hispanic) and 26k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Berks County, PA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    295k ± 1.04k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    39.8k ± 2.04k
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    26k ± 2.05k
21.8%
Hispanic Population
91.4k people

In 2020, there were 7.41 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (295k people) in Berks County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 39.8k White (Hispanic) and 26k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

21.8% of the people in Berks County, PA are hispanic (91.4k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Berks County, PA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.54%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
31.6k people
7.51%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
31.4k people

As of 2020, 7.54% of Berks County, PA residents (31.6k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Berks County, PA was 7.51%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

40
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
43
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.1

In 2020, the median age of all people in Berks County, PA was 40.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Berks County, PA are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Berks County, PA residents was 40.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. India
    92,750 ± 7,450 people
  2. Dominican Republic
    72,397 ± 6,587 people
  3. China
    65,642 ± 6,274 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 92,750 Pennsylvania residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 72,397 and China with 65,642.

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Citizenship

96.4%
2020 Citizenship
96.2%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 96.4% of Berks County, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Berks County, PA was 96.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    7,909 ± 456
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,464 ± 312
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,423 ± 408

Berks County, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.21 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Pennsylvania, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Pennsylvania (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Pennsylvania. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Pennsylvania.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Pennsylvania across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Berks County, PA is $66,154. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Berks County, PA was Census Tract 111.02 with a value of $131,295, followed by Census Tract 119.03 and Census Tract 117.02, with respective values of $123,619 and $102,481.

Males in Pennsylvania have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,196. The income inequality in Pennsylvania (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Berks County, PA employs 206k people. The largest industries in Berks County, PA are Manufacturing (37,919 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (30,289 people), and Retail Trade (24,656 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($87,849), Utilities ($72,788), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($61,141).

Wages

Median Household Income

$66,154
2020 value
± $1,336
3.81%
1 Year Growth
± 2.34%

Households in Berks County, PA have a median annual income of $66,154, which is more than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $63,728 in 2019, which represents a 3.81% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$72,428
Average Male Salary in Pennsylvania
± $1,115
$54,196
Average Female Salary in Pennsylvania
± $827

In 2020, full-time male employees in Pennsylvania made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Pennsylvania by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Pennsylvania
  1. Asian
    $66,664 ± $4,080
  2. Alaska Native
    $58,659 ± $80,539
  3. White
    $56,784 ± $709

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.14 times more than Alaska Native workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Pennsylvania.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Berks County, PA is from Pennsylvania.
0.466
2020 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania
0.469
2019 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania

In 2020, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.614% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Pennsylvania across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 111.02
  2. Census Tract 119.03
  3. Census Tract 117.02

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Berks County, PA was Census Tract 111.02 with a value of $131,295, followed by Census Tract 119.03 and Census Tract 117.02, with respective values of $123,619 and $102,481.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Berks County, PA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Berks County, PA (47.5k out of 406k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    29,172 ± 1,433
  2. Hispanic
    25,092 ± 1,410
  3. Other
    6,574 ± 795

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Berks County, PA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

206k
2020 Value
± 3,560
0.338%
1 Year growth
± 2.22%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Berks County, PA grew at a rate of 0.338%, from 206k employees to 206k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Berks County, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (24,701 people), Production Occupations (20,940 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (18,219 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Berks County, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Berks County, PA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (24,701 people), Production Occupations (20,940 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (18,219 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Berks County, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.82 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.59 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.33 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Berks County, PA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($85,618), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($76,528), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($76,039).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

206k
2020 Value
± 3,560
0.338%
1 Year growth
± 2.22%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Berks County, PA grew at a rate of 0.338%, from 206k employees to 206k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Berks County, PA, are Manufacturing (37,919 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (30,289 people), and Retail Trade (24,656 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Berks County, PA, though some of these residents may live in Berks County, PA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Berks County, PA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (37,919 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (30,289 people), and Retail Trade (24,656 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Berks County, PA has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.83 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.62 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.37 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Berks County, PA, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($87,849), Utilities ($72,788), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($61,141).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $110B
  2. $74.2B
  3. $44.2B

In 2020, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $110B, followed by Mixed freight ($74.2B) and Electronics ($44.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Pennsylvania products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$734B
2020 Value in Pennsylvania
$1.46T
Projected 2050 Value in Pennsylvania
99.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $734B. This is expected to increase 99.3% to $1.46T by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Pennsylvania trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $73.5B
  2. $71.1B
  3. $36.8B

In 2020, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Jersey with $73.5B, followed by New York with $71.1B and Ohio and $36.8B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Pennsylvania shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Berks County, PA went to Donald J. Trump with 53.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (45.2%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.42%). The most partisan county was Fulton County, PA with 85.5% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey are the senators currently representing the state of Pennsylvania. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 18 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Berks County, PA
53.4% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Pennsylvania
  1. 85.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 83.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 81.4% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Pennsylvania was Fulton County, PA with 85.5% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Pennsylvania colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Pennsylvania

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Bob Casey Jr.
Senator from Pennsylvania1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
Pat Toomey
Senator from Pennsylvania3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011

Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey are the senators currently representing Pennsylvania.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Pennsylvania over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 18 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Pennsylvania have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in Berks County, PA awarded 3,936 degrees. The student population of Berks County, PA is skewed towards women, with 6,224 male students and 10,713 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Berks County, PA are White (2,758 and 70.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (530 and 13.6%), Black or African American (279 and 7.14%), and Unknown (146 and 3.74%).

The largest universities in Berks County, PA by number of degrees awarded are Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (1,817 and 46.2%), Alvernia University (815 and 20.7%), and Reading Area Community College (457 and 11.6%).

The most popular majors in Berks County, PA are General Business Administration & Management (483 and 12.3%), Registered Nursing (174 and 4.42%), and General Psychology (162 and 4.12%).

The median tuition costs in Berks County, PA are $31,090 for private four year colleges, and $7,716 and $11,574 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 144 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 111 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 376 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Berks County, PA was General Psychology with 144 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Berks County, PA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,817 degrees awarded
  2. 815 degrees awarded
  3. 457 degrees awarded
$7,716
Median In-State Public
$31,090
Median Private

In 2020, the Berks County, PA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with 1,817 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

1,362
Degrees Awarded to Men
2,574
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 1,362 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Berks County, PA, which is 0.529 times less than the 2,574 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Berks County, PA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,758 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    530 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    279 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Berks County, PA was White students. These 2,758 degrees mean that there were 5.2 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 530 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Berks County, PA was $187,600 in 2020, which is 0.816 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $178,700 to $187,600, a 4.98% increase. The homeownership rate in Berks County, PA is 71%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Berks County, PA have an average commute time of 25.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Berks County, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$187,600
2020 Median
± $2,864
$178,700
2019 Median
± $2,132

In 2020, the median property value in Berks County, PA grew to to $187,600 from the previous year's value of $178,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Berks County, PA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Berks County, PA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$66,154
Median Household Income
± $1,336
156k
Number of Households
± 3,016

In 2020, the median household income of the 156k households in Berks County, PA grew to $66,154 from the previous year's value of $63,728.

The following chart displays the households in Berks County, PA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Berks County, PA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Berks County, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

71%
2020 Homeownership
71.5%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 71% of the housing units in Berks County, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 71.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Berks County, PA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

25.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Berks County, PA have a shorter commute time (25.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.6% of the workforce in Berks County, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (79%)
  2. Carpooled (8.28%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.12%)

In 2020, 79% of workers in Berks County, PA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.28%) and those who worked at home (6.12%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Berks County, PA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Berks County, PA have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

93.8% of the population of Berks County, PA has health coverage, with 51.2% on employee plans, 17.2% on Medicaid, 13.4% on Medicare, 11.2% on non-group plans, and 0.78% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Pennsylvania was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Berks County, PA see 1604 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.564% increase from the previous year (1595 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1785 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 681 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Huntingdon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (20.6%). Additionally, Armstrong County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (44%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,604 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Berks County, PA

Primary care physicians in Berks County, PA see an average of 1,604 patients per year. This represents a 0.564% increase from the previous year (1,595 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Berks County, PA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,258
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Pennsylvania
$4,634
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,407
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$11,243
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Pennsylvania (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.29%, from $8,877 to $9,258.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.19%
Uninsured
51.2%
Employer Coverage
17.2%
Medicaid
13.4%
Medicare
11.2%
Non-Group
0.78%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Berks County, PA grew by 3.9% from 5.95% to 6.19%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Berks County, PA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 20.6% prevalence
  2. 19.3% prevalence
  3. 19.3% prevalence

Huntingdon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 20.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania by county over multiple years.

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