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Pros

-Historic interest
-Attractive setting
-Strategic location

Cons

-Economy
-Entertainment
-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


    ECONOMY
    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.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Reading's cost of living is 15.10% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Reading's population is 87,879 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 12.12 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 25 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Reading is $63,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.67 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    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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  3/27/2015
Reading realities

Having lived in Reading in the 1960's and early 1970's I can definitely say the city has gone downhill as it has in reality been a victim of two major forces; first...

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  5/21/2014
Best Time of Year

Berks County is beautiful in the fall. Cool, crisp air and the trees are a pallet of...

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  4/14/2013
Relocation

Well to start, in the past 8 years ive lived in 7 states, some pros and cons. Tucson I loved in all respects except its not as nice as living in a small town but it...

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