Reading Metro Area, Pennsylvania 

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Population

421,017

+2.0% since 2020

Unemployment Rate

7.6%

Median Income

$55,798

Median Home Price

$225,100

Median Age

39.9

Comfort Index (Climate)

8.8 / 5.4

summer / winter

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Small city - East-central Pennsylvania, 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia. June, September and August are the most pleasant months in the Reading metro area, while January and February are the least comfortable months.
State: Pennsylvania
County:
Metro Area: Reading Metro Area
City: Reading, Spring township (Berks Cnty), 129 total
Zip Codes: 19606, 19601, 19604, 19607, 19608, 19605, 19512, 19602, 19610, 19530, 50 total
Cost of Living: -5.9% lower
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 260 ft above sea level

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Reading, Pa Housing Market
Least Expensive HomesHomes Over 2,000 Sq. Ft.
Most Expensive HomesHomes less than 10 yrs old
All Single Family Homes
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.


Highlights

ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Reading Metro Area is 7.6% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Positive. Reading Metro Area jobs have increased by 0.6%. More Economy

COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Reading Metro Area's cost of living is 5.9% lower than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Reading Metro Area's Cost of Living

WEATHER & CLIMATE
June, September and August are the most pleasant months in the Reading metro area, while January and February are the least comfortable months. Today's Weather | Climate Averages

VOTING
In the last Presidential election, the Reading metro area remained moderately Republican, 53.2% to 45.1%. More Voting Stats

POPULATION
Reading Metro Area's population is 421,017 people. Since 2020, it has had a population growth of 2.0%. Learn More...

TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 24.9 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Reading Metro Area is Real Estate: $225,100. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 4.7%.

SCHOOLS
Reading Metro Area public schools spend $14,121 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 14.3 students per teacher in Reading Metro Area. More Education



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Housing Market in Reading

It's a good time to buy in Reading. Home Appreciation is up 13.9% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Reading is $225,100.
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ZIP CODES IN READING METRO AREA, PENNSYLVANIA
19606, 19601, 19604, 19607, 19608, 19605, 19512, 19602, 19610, 19530, 50 total

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