Reading, a small city in Pennsylvania, has a population of slightly more than 88,000. It's a nice place to raise a family, as children under 5 account for a larger portion of the population here (9%) than nationally (6%), though young adults feature prominently in the demographics as well. Overall, the city's population, at an average age of just under 33, is decidedly younger than most cities in Pennsylvania. The majority of Reading residents rent, and 41% of residents own their homes. With a relatively affordable average rent of $764 a month in the city, renting remains an affordable option, particularly compared to other cities in Pennsylvania. Each month, renters in Reading will pay around $154 less compared to the state average.
There are three primary industries in Reading: manufacturing, retail, and healthcare. Combined, these industries make up 21% of the city's labor force. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many of the city's workers are in transportation, as 9% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any field. With an average annual income of about $39,000, Reading workers take home less than their peers elsewhere in the state. The city's average income also falls below the national average ($73,345). Among Reading residents over the age of 25, 5% have a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree.
Reading residents have an average commute of about 27 minutes. Many residents (29%) commute to work by car, while public transportation isn't used extensively. Relatively few workers (3%) commute on foot, though the number surpasses the national average.