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Reading is a city in Berks County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after the city in England.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Pennsylvania named Reading. For links to other places called Reading, PA, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Reading is 40.335N. The longitude is -75.927W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 305 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 80,305.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$26,698
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Reading demographic reports
Reading is on the Schuylkill River.
The city developed around its iron industry.
Public transportation: Berks Area Reading Transportation Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 946. The number of murders and homicides was 16. The violent crime rate was 11.7 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Daniel Boone, frontiersman
· Kristy Kowal, Olympic medalist
· Leonard (Lenny) Moore, football player
· John Philip Sousa, composer
· Meg Foster, actress
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
  • Reading Fair - Aug. 6-11, 2007
  • Jazz Fest - March 16-25, 2007
Dates often change. Check Reading web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Reading Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
Sports teams: Phillies (minor league baseball), Royals (ECHL), Reading Express (American Indoor Football Association)
Historic sites and museums: Reading Railroad Museum, Historical Society of Berks County Museum, Central Pennsylvania African-American Museum
Colleges and universities: Pennsylvania State University -- Berks Campus, Albright College, Alvernia College, Reading Area Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 112
Quotes:
By 1940 Reading's products included pretzels, steel, cough drops, shoes, bricks, automobile frames, goggles, gas ranges, paint, wrought-iron pipes, and letter boxes.
-- WPA Guide to Pennsylvania, 1940

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Reading demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Berks County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Reading area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 19602 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

18% of Reading residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Reading ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Reading was $13,086, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

9% of Reading residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Fairs, festivals & other events
Reading festival dates:

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Reading, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $394.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $724.


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Libraries in Reading include Northeast Branch Library, Northwest Branch Library, Reading Public Library, Southeast Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Reading include Reading Eagle

TV stations in Reading include WTVE.

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Berks County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Reading political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Reading workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 11 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Reading between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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“ By 1940 Reading's products included pretzels, steel, cough drops, shoes, bricks, automobile frames, goggles, gas ranges, paint, wrought-iron pipes, and letter boxes. ”
~ WPA Guide to Pennsylvania, 1940

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