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-Historic interest
-Attractive setting
-Strategic location


-Low educational attainment

What Bert Has To Say About Reading Metro Area

Reading is a declining industrial center in southwest Pennsylvania originally built on heavy industry, textiles, and anthracite coal. The heavy industry and Victorian wealth have left an imprint on the town, which has done a good job preserving its historic heritage. The city reached its nadir in the early 1970’s, first with industrial and downtown commercial closures and then with flooding from Hurricane Agnes in 1972. Among the first steps in recovery was the creation of a large outlet mall, supposedly among the first in the country, for which the area is well known today.

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Quick Facts About Reading

    The unemployment rate in Reading is 7.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Reading jobs have Increased by 1.94 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Reading's cost of living is 15.10% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Reading's population is 87,879 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 12.12 percent.
    Average Commute time is 25 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    The median home cost in Reading is $63,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.67 percent.
    Reading public schools spend $12,771 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 17.5 students per teacher in Reading.

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