Reading, PA

Census Place

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2019 Population
88,232
0.0238% 1-year growth
US Senator
Bob Casey Jr.
Democratic Party
US Senator
Pat Toomey
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
30
2.39% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
32.7%
7.62% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$32,176
6.94% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$73,200
3.39% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
34,878
2.76% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Reading, PA had a population of 88.2k people with a median age of 30 and a median household income of $32,176. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Reading, PA grew from 88,211 to 88,232, a 0.0238% increase and its median household income grew from $30,087 to $32,176, a 6.94% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Reading, PA are White (Hispanic) (32.6%), White (Non-Hispanic) (21.3%), Other (Hispanic) (16.3%), Two+ (Hispanic) (12.2%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (8.82%). 0% of the households in Reading, PA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

87.9% of the residents in Reading, PA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Reading, PA are Alvernia University (815 degrees awarded in 2020), Reading Area Community College (457 degrees), and Albright College (376 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Reading, PA was $73,200, and the homeownership rate was 39.4%. Most people in Reading, PA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Reading, PA was 1 car per household.

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Diversity

Reading, PA is home to a population of 88.2k people, from which 87.9% are citizens. As of 2019, 19.1% of Reading, PA residents were born outside of the country (16.9k people).

In 2019, there were 1.53 times more White (Hispanic) residents (28.8k people) in Reading, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 18.8k White (Non-Hispanic) and 14.4k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Reading, PA
  1. White (Hispanic)
    28.8k ± 1.72k
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    18.8k ± 887
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    14.4k ± 1.68k
67%
Hispanic Population
59.1k people

In 2019, there were 1.53 times more White (Hispanic) residents (28.8k people) in Reading, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 18.8k White (Non-Hispanic) and 14.4k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

67% of the people in Reading, PA are hispanic (59.1k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

19.1%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
16.9k people
19.5%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
17.2k people

As of 2019, 19.1% of Reading, PA residents (16.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Reading, PA was 19.5%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

27
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.6
40
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1

In 2019, the median age of all people in Reading, PA was 30. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 27, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Reading, PA are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Reading, PA residents was 29.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. India
    89,459 ± 7,318 people
  2. Dominican Republic
    67,796 ± 6,376 people
  3. China
    64,701 ± 6,229 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 89,459 Pennsylvania residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 67,796 and China with 64,701.

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Citizenship

87.9%
2019 Citizenship
87.6%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 87.9% of Reading, PA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Reading, PA was 87.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    675 ± 156
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    411 ± 124
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    381 ± 152

Reading, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.64 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 Reading, PA is $32,176. In 2019, the place with the highest median household income in Reading, PA was Census Tract 6 with a value of $66,875, followed by Census Tract 29 and Census Tract 27, with respective values of $57,202 and $54,375.

Males in Pennsylvania have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,851. The income inequality in Pennsylvania (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Reading, PA employs 34.9k people. The largest industries in Reading, PA are Manufacturing (7,943 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,211 people), and Retail Trade (4,391 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($47,616), Information ($46,250), and Utilities ($37,813).

Wages

Median Household Income

$32,176
2019 value
± $1,309
6.94%
1 Year Growth
± 5.25%

Households in Reading, PA have a median annual income of $32,176, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $30,087 in 2018, which represents a 6.94% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$70,810
Average Male Salary in Pennsylvania
± $1,098
$52,851
Average Female Salary in Pennsylvania
± $808

In 2019, 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
    $65,505 ± $4,145
  2. White
    $55,144 ± $690
  3. Alaska Native
    $45,610 ± $76,271

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Pennsylvania.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Pennsylvania by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Reading, PA is from Pennsylvania.
0.469
2019 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania
0.469
2018 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania

In 2019, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0734% decline from 2018 to 2019, 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 6
  2. Census Tract 29
  3. Census Tract 27

In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Reading, PA was Census Tract 6 with a value of $66,875, followed by Census Tract 29 and Census Tract 27, with respective values of $57,202 and $54,375.

The following map shows all of the places in Reading, 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

32.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Reading, PA (28k out of 85.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 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. Hispanic
    21,818 ± 1,036
  2. White
    14,067 ± 878
  3. Two Or More
    5,010 ± 577

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Reading, PA is Hispanic, followed by White and Two Or More.

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

34.9k
2019 Value
± 1,316
2.76%
1 Year growth
± 5.11%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Reading, PA grew at a rate of 2.76%, from 33.9k employees to 34.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Reading, PA, are Production Occupations (6,339 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,801 people), and Material Moving Occupations (3,616 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Reading, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Reading, PA, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (6,339 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,801 people), and Material Moving Occupations (3,616 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Reading, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.92 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (3.21 times), and Material Moving Occupations (2.79 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Reading, PA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($90,000), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($60,508), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($54,856).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

34.9k
2019 Value
± 1,316
2.76%
1 Year growth
± 5.11%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Reading, PA grew at a rate of 2.76%, from 33.9k employees to 34.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Reading, PA, are Manufacturing (7,943 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,211 people), and Retail Trade (4,391 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Reading, PA, though some of these residents may live in Reading, 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 Reading, PA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (7,943 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,211 people), and Retail Trade (4,391 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Reading, PA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.42 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.28 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (1.29 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Reading, PA, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($47,616), Information ($46,250), and Utilities ($37,813).

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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 Pennsylvania went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 50% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (48.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.15%). 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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Joseph R Biden Jr.
Popular Vote for Pennsylvania
50% for the Democratic 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 Reading, PA awarded 1,829 degrees. The student population of Reading, PA is skewed towards women, with 2,808 male students and 5,647 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Reading, PA are White (1,203 and 66.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (270 and 14.8%), Black or African American (153 and 8.41%), and Unknown (88 and 4.84%).

The largest universities in Reading, PA by number of degrees awarded are Alvernia University (815 and 44.6%), Reading Area Community College (457 and 25%), and Albright College (376 and 20.6%).

The most popular majors in Reading, PA are General Business Administration & Management (184 and 10.1%), Registered Nursing (174 and 9.51%), and General Health Services (125 and 6.83%).

The median tuition cost in Reading, PA for private four year colleges is $31,090.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 110 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 72 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 70 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Reading, PA was General Business Administration & Management with 110 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 815 degrees awarded
  2. 457 degrees awarded
  3. 376 degrees awarded
$31,090
Median Private

In 2020, the Reading, PA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Alvernia University with 815 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

561
Degrees Awarded to Men
1,268
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 561 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Reading, PA, which is 0.442 times less than the 1,268 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,203 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    270 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    153 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Reading, PA was White students. These 1,203 degrees mean that there were 4.46 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 270 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Reading, PA was $73,200 in 2019, which is 0.304 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $70,800 to $73,200, a 3.39% increase. The homeownership rate in Reading, PA is 39.4%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Reading, PA have an average commute time of 24.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Reading, PA is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Housing

Property Value

$73,200
2019 Median
± $2,480
$70,800
2018 Median
± $2,207

In 2019, the median property value in Reading, PA grew to to $73,200 from the previous year's value of $70,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Reading, 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 Reading, PA the largest share of households have a property value in the $60k - $70k 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.
$32,176
Median Household Income
± $1,309
29.1k
Number of Households
± 1,138

In 2019, the median household income of the 29.1k households in Reading, PA grew to $32,176 from the previous year's value of $30,087.

The following chart displays the households in Reading, 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 < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Reading, PA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Reading, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

39.4%
2019 Homeownership
39.4%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 39.4% of the housing units in Reading, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 39.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Reading, PA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

24.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Reading, PA have a shorter commute time (24.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.42% of the workforce in Reading, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (60%)
  2. Carpooled (18.4%)
  3. Walked (6.93%)

In 2019, 60% of workers in Reading, PA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (18.4%) and those who walked to work (6.93%).

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

1 car
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Reading, PA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Reading, PA have 1 car, followed by false.

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Health

90.2% of the population of Reading, PA has health coverage, with 29.5% on employee plans, 44.7% on Medicaid, 6.71% on Medicare, 8.41% on non-group plans, and 0.857% 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

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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

9.84%
Uninsured
29.5%
Employer Coverage
44.7%
Medicaid
6.71%
Medicare
8.41%
Non-Group
0.857%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Reading, PA declined by 17.2% from 11.9% to 9.84%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Reading, 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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