Reading, Pennsylvania 

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Best Places to Live in Reading, Pennsylvania

Small city - East-central Pennsylvania, 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia
Pros
-Historic interest
-Attractive setting
-Strategic location
Cons
-Economy
-Entertainment
-Low educational attainment

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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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Real Estate: For Sale  For Rent
Country: United States
State: Pennsylvania
County: Berks County
Metro Area: Reading Metro Area
City: Reading
Zip Codes: 19601 19604 19602 19611
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 260 ft above sea level

Highlights

ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Reading is 7.50% (U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Reading jobs have increased by 1.94%. Learn More...
COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Reading's cost of living is 15.10% lower than the U.S. average. Learn More... or Compare Reading's Cost of Living
POPULATION
Reading's population is 87,879 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 12.12%. Learn More...
TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 25 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes. Learn More...
REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Reading is $63,100. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 0.67%. Check out the homes in the area.
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. Learn More...

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Housing Market in Reading

It's a good time to buy in Reading. Home Appreciation is up 8.0% in the last 12 months. Browse Reading Real Estate.

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Reviews for Reading    16 Reviews
Reading realities - 3/27/2015
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... (Read More)

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Best Time of Year - 5/21/2014
Berks County is beautiful in the fall. Cool, crisp air and the trees are a pallet of... (Read More)

Relocation - 4/14/2013
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... (Read More)


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19601 19604 19602 19611