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  • Regional Facts

    Greater Reading at a Glance

    Greater Reading is a beautiful balance of urban and rural communities.

    Berks County was founded in 1752 and named after Berkshire, England, home of William Penn’s family. Likewise, Reading was named after the main town in Berkshire.

    Greater Reading has an exceptional business community – this supportive network makes it easier for businesses to find and take advantage of new and profitable opportunities.

    Key Statistics

    • Location: Eastern Pennsylvania and the Northeast Corridor of the United States.
    • Land Area: 864 square miles
    • 73 municipalities comprise the County of Berks
    • Population: 418,201 – 2.6% population growth for the last 5 years
    • Average Earnings: $53,023
    • Median price for a single family home: $154,900*
    • Total Jobs: 184,047
    • Top 5 Industries by Jobs:
      1. Manufacturing: 30,109
      2. Healthcare and Social Assistance: 27,268
      3. Government: 22,121
      4. Retail Trade: 21,171
      5. Accommodation and Food Services: 12,773
    • Top 5 Industries by Average Earnings:
      1. Management of Companies and Enterprises: $129K
      2. Utilities: $113K
      3. Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services: $17K
      4. Manufacturing:$70K
      5. Government: $69K
    • 5 institutions of higher learning
    • Nearly 400 companies are headquartered in Greater Reading
    • Home to 189 international companies, employing more than 9,000+ people in Greater Reading
    • 100 million people within an overnight's drive

    *Zillow.com.
    Sources: EMSI, US Census
    Information provided by Greater Reading Economic Partnership.
    Infographics images provided by Greater Reading Economic Partnership.