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Berks County, Pennsylvania (PA)


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County population in 2012: 413,491 (76% urban, 24% rural); it was 373,638 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 75,656
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 34,997
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 104,693
Renter-occupied apartments: 43,703 (it was 36,877 in 2000)
% of renters here:

26%
State:

30%

Land area: 859 sq. mi.
Water area: 6.8 sq. mi.
Population density: 481 people per square mile 
 
 (high).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Berks County: 98.1 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional,scientific,management,administrative,and waste management services (21.7%), Educational,health and social services (17.1%), Finance,insurance,real estate,and rental and leasing (12.4%), Retail trade (11.3%), Manufacturing (11.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 55%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 42%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Berks County, Pennsylvania:


Median resident age:  39.0 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.0 years

Males: 201,864  (44.5%)
Females: 209,578  (55.5%)

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Berks County,PA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Berks County:

2.0 people
Pennsylvania:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $53,485 ($44,714 in 1999)
This county:

$53485
Pennsylvania:

$49520

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $643 (lower quartile is $509, upper quartile is $799)
This county:

$643
State:

$597


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $176,300 (it was $104,400 in 2000)
Berks County:

$176,300
Pennsylvania:

$164,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $117,100 - $247,600

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $223,395
Here:

$223,395
State:

$223,477

Townhouses or other attached units: $150,902
Here:

$150,902
State:

$164,518

In 2-unit structures: $250,597
Here:

$250,597
State:

$166,566

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $440,088
Here:

$440,088
State:

$223,507

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $248,066
Here:

$248,066
State:

$225,726

Mobile homes: $60,930
Here:

$60,930
State:

$35,442
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,410
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $551

Institutionalized population: 4,176

Berks County, PA map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $3,119 (1.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $2,797 (1.8%)


Berks County household income distribution in 2009 Berks County home values distribution


Berks County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 12.5%
(7.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 36.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 38.9% for other race residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 12.5%
Berks County:

12.5%
Pennsylvania:

12.5%
(7.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 36.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 38.9% for other race residents)

Median age of residents in 2010: 39 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 40 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 28 years old, American Indian residents: 28 years old, Asian residents: 34 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 24 years old)

Area name: Reading, PA MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Berks County is $519 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $640 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $856 a month.

Cities in this county include: Reading, Wyomissing, Blandon, Kutztown, Birdsboro, Shillington, Pennside, Hamburg, West Reading, Fleetwood.

Berks County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

2005 air pollution in Berks County:

Carbon Monoxide: 2 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.019 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.099 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (8-hour): 0.085 ppm (standard limit: 0.08 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 21 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) 24-hour: 60 µg/m3(standard limit: 150 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 16.8 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) 24-hour: 39 µg/m3(standard limit: 35 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.008 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Above U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides 24-hour: 0.023 ppm (standard limit: 0.14 ppm). Near U.S. average.


Local government website: www.co.berks.pa.us

Click to draw/clear Berks County borders

Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Berks County: Chestnut Hill (A), Galen Hall Golf Course (B), Manor Golf Course (C), Willow Hollow Golf Course (D), Perry Golf Course (E), Green Acres Golf Course (F), Flying Hills Golf Course (G), Exeter Public Golf Course (H), Arrowhead Golf Course (I), Blackwood Golf Course (J), Doe Mountain Ski Area (K), Fort Northkill (L), Applebee Shelter (M), South Lookout (N), Fairview Church (O), Hopewell Furnace (P), Flannery Mill (Q), Galen Hall (R), Berkleigh Country Club (S), Berne Speedway (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Fairgrounds Square Mall (1), Giant Shopping Center (2), Madeira Shopping Center (3), Penn Plaza Shopping Center (4), Reading Mall (5), Muhlenberg Square Shopping Center (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Berks County include: Union Church (A), Little Tulpehocken Church (B), Bellemans Church (C), Maiden Creek Church (D), Beckers Saint Peters Church (E), Emmanuel Church (F), Hains Church (G), Grand View Chapel (H), Meckville Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Weller Cemetery (1), Pet Animal Cemetery (2), Birch Hill Cemetery (3), Stump Cemetery (4), Robeson Cemetery (5), Heidelberg Cemetery (6), Salem Church Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Jones Millpond (A), New Kernsville Lake (B), Scotts Run Lake (C), Shoemakersville Swimming Pool (D), South Mountain YMCA Pool (E), Fox Lake (F), Glen Dale Swimming Association Pool (G), Fleetwood Reservoir (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Valley Run (A), Pachwechen Run (B), Sleepy Hollow Run (C), Wolf Creek (D), Stone Roll Creek (E), Wolfe Run (F), Scotts Run (G), Jackson Creek (H), Ironstone Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Berks County include: Locust Grove Park (1), Len Oak Park (2), Laurel Run Park (3), South Mountain Park (4), Smith Field (5), Earl Municipal Park (6), Dry Brooks Day-Use Area (7), Drexelwood Park (8), Shiloh Hills Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Chester County , Lancaster County , Lebanon County , Lehigh County , Montgomery County , Schuylkill County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 18,185
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 78.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 18.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 16,032 (44% naturalized citizens)

Berks County:

4.3%
Whole state:

4.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 79.2%

Berks County marital status for males
Berks County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Berks County with a mortgage: 58,906 (4,729 second mortgage, 11,039 home equity loan, 268 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 31,389

Here:

65.2% with mortgage
State:

62.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 53.93%
Here53.9%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 201,497
Total congregations: 320

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Church of ChristUnited Methodist ChurchAssemblies of God
Adherents80,542 (40.0%)52,946 (26.3%)36,637 (18.2%)8,303 (4.1%)2,798 (1.4%)
Congregations24 (7.5%)82 (25.6%)71 (22.2%)21 (6.6%)13 (4.1%)
NameMennonite Church USAJewishEpiscopal ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Other
Adherents2,733 (1.4%)2,200 (1.1%)1,751 (0.9%)1,510 (0.7%)12,077 (6.0%)
Congregations22 (6.9%)4 (1.3%)7 (2.2%)4 (1.3%)72 (22.5%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Berks County - Reading, Wyomissing, Blandon, Kutztown, Birdsboro

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 75
This county:

1.87 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 4
Berks County:

0.10 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 15
Berks County:

0.37 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 115
This county:

2.86 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 252
Berks County:

6.28 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

7.4%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.0%
Pennsylvania:

27.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Berks County:

13.0%
State:

11.5%


Agriculture in Berks County:

Average size of farms: 120 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $160,233
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $778.42
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 33.73%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 58.20%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $121,468
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 71.45%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.18%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $63,509
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.95%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 27.91
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 39.68%
Corn for grain: 36348 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 9718 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 24615 harvested acres
Vegetables: 1,019 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 1,319 acres

Tornado activity:

Berks County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly above Pennsylvania state average. It is 2.5 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one fatality and 16 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/18/1970, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado killed one person and injured 5 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Berks County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Pennsylvania state average. It is 54% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 7.3 miles away from the county center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 6.0 miles away from the county center
On 8/26/2003 at 18:24:18, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.5 ML, Depth: 1.9 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 45.4 miles away from the county center
On 10/23/1990 at 01:34:48, a magnitude 3.2 (2.9 LG, 3.2 MD, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 63.7 miles away from Berks County center
On 11/14/1997 at 03:44:11, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 24.0 miles away from the county center
On 1/9/1992 at 08:50:45, a magnitude 3.1 (3.0 LG, 3.1 MD, Depth: 4.9 mi) earthquake occurred 82.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Berks County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Storms: 4, Hurricanes: 2, Tropical Storms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Storm: 1, Tornado: 1, Blizzard: 1, Flood: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Water Shortage: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries in 2009 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (10%)
  • Metal and metal products (6%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Health care (4%)
  • Health care (18%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (4%)
  • Social assistance (4%)
Most common occupations in 2009 (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (3%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Berks County (%):





Berks County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 144,140 (81%)
  • Carpooled: 17,825 (10%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2,511 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 2 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 48 (0%)
  • Railroad: 59 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 11 (0%)
  • Taxi: 311 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 166 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 387 (0%)
  • Walked: 6,453 (4%)
  • Other means: 793 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 5,125 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Berks County, Pennsylvania in 2000:

People in group quarters in Berks County, Pennsylvania in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $53,952.

4.49% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($42,285 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.49%
Pennsylvania average:

4.99%


0.07% of residents moved from foreign countries ($243 average AGI)
Berks County:

0.07%
Pennsylvania average:

0.12%

2.75% relocated from other counties in Pennsylvania ($27,294 average AGI)
1.67% relocated from other states ($14,747 average AGI)
Berks County:

1.67%
Pennsylvania average:

2.15%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Montgomery County, PA  0.81% ($47,814 average AGI)
from Chester County, PA  0.33% ($51,594)
from Lehigh County, PA  0.33% ($42,520)
from Lancaster County, PA  0.23% ($38,300)
from Philadelphia County, PA  0.15% ($48,759)
from Lebanon County, PA  0.14% ($49,058)
from Kings County, NY  0.14% ($21,211)


4.02% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($41,491 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.02%
Pennsylvania average:

5.08%


0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($460 average AGI)
Berks County:

0.05%
Pennsylvania average:

0.05%

2.28% relocated to other counties in Pennsylvania ($21,410 average AGI)
1.70% relocated to other states ($19,621 average AGI)
Berks County:

1.70%
Pennsylvania average:

2.30%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Montgomery County, PA  0.46% ($38,236 average AGI)
to Lancaster County, PA  0.29% ($43,649)
to Lehigh County, PA  0.24% ($39,105)
to Lebanon County, PA  0.22% ($34,670)
to Chester County, PA  0.21% ($39,280)
to Schuylkill County, PA  0.15% ($35,187)
to Philadelphia County, PA  0.12% ($26,711)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.6

Births per 1000 population in Berks County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Berks County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Berks County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 61,325 (54,605 aged, 6,720 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.51
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 10541.57
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 220.870
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 34267.44

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1224.530
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 855.380
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 12.87

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 48.04
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 74.94

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 17.41
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 58.9. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

 

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 40.4
  • Other - 18.5

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 119.0. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

 

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 67.8
  • Suffocation - 23.7
  • Poisoning - 18.9
  • Other - 8.5

Household type by relationship:

Households: 399,419

Size of family households: 45,280 2-persons, 24,514 3-persons, 20,720 4-persons, 9,409 5-persons, 3,955 6-persons, 2,654 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 37,793 1-person, 8,208 2-persons, 1,175 3-persons, 408 4-persons, 155 5-persons, 55 6-persons, 30 7-or-more-persons.

87.3% of residents of Berks County speak English at home.
8.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (55% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 9% don't speak English at all).
3.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (73% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).
0.7% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (47% speak English very well, 30% speak English well, 20% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (72% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,839,995,000 ($4698 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $134,126,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $906,663,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $445,465,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $10,501,000
Federal grants: $265,848,000
Federal procurement contracts: $127,984,000 ($98,494,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $83,533,000 ($13,183,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $4,694,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $135,217,000
Federal Government insurance: $168,315,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 25,073
Here:

63 per 1000 residents
State:

61 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 18,702
Here:

47 per 1000 residents
State:

54 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +3,556
Here:

+9 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +13,171
Here +33 per 1000 residents
State -2 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Berks County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 31.74 millions of gallons per day (44% from ground, 56% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.5
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Berks County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 74
  • 2 rooms: 356
  • 3 rooms: 1,518
  • 4 rooms: 6,449
  • 5 rooms: 17,036
  • 6 rooms: 26,344
  • 7 rooms: 20,950
  • 8 rooms: 17,757
  • 9+ rooms: 14,209
  • 1 room: 1,424
  • 2 rooms: 2,809
  • 3 rooms: 7,722
  • 4 rooms: 9,244
  • 5 rooms: 6,618
  • 6 rooms: 4,087
  • 7 rooms: 2,516
  • 8 rooms: 1,611
  • 9+ rooms: 846
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Berks County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 142
  • 1 bedroom: 2,239
  • 2 bedrooms: 17,123
  • 3 bedrooms: 54,727
  • 4 bedrooms: 24,252
  • 5+ bedrooms: 6,210
  • no bedroom: 1,842
  • 1 bedroom: 12,090
  • 2 bedrooms: 12,917
  • 3 bedrooms: 7,095
  • 4 bedrooms: 2,058
  • 5+ bedrooms: 875
Cars and other vehicles available in Berks County, Pennsylvania in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 5,424
  • 1 vehicle: 27,501
  • 2 vehicles: 47,893
  • 3 vehicles: 17,171
  • 4 vehicles: 5,128
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,576
  • no vehicle: 9,619
  • 1 vehicle: 15,998
  • 2 vehicles: 8,982
  • 3 vehicles: 1,648
  • 4 vehicles: 368
  • 5+ vehicles: 262

62% of Berks County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 66% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 62% lived in Pennsylvania.

Berks County:

62.2%
State average:

64.4%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $66,200


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Berks County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (47.2%)
  • Utility gas (31.5%)
  • Electricity (14.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.4%)
  • Wood (1.6%)
  • Coal or coke (1.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (37.6%)
  • Utility gas (34.6%)
  • Electricity (21.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.0%)
  • No fuel used (0.9%)
  • Other fuel (0.8%)
  • Coal or coke (0.8%)
  • Wood (0.5%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 4,752
Here:

10.8%
Pennsylvania:

16.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 2,183
Here:

10.6%
Pennsylvania:

13.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 4,096
Here:

26.6%
Pennsylvania:

37.3%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue Cash and Securities

Berks County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Berks County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


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Berks County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Berks County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Berks County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)



Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 82 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED2,006$148,3611,738$146,5027,980$156,444987$51,04330$607,667455$109,813103$66,728
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED57$139,404125$156,424606$160,337116$35,2841$60,00029$163,72430$84,433
APPLICATIONS DENIED253$134,538296$108,1863,056$163,801611$34,53010$204,600183$91,831123$76,089
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN156$148,635154$152,7141,710$166,900132$65,0381$280,00063$104,66721$74,524
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS28$140,96444$119,614353$163,68630$94,3001$280,00021$107,23822$53,182
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 76 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED314$182,834226$204,8411$203,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED96$186,57386$195,4654$83,250
APPLICATIONS DENIED76$168,56661$210,2304$41,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN17$213,00016$200,6880$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS9$126,0009$154,4444$95,000
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value


Most common first names in Berks County, PA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John3,05275.8 years
Mary2,95280.9 years
William2,48275.8 years
Charles1,99576.3 years
Robert1,82672.4 years
Helen1,79481.1 years
George1,73776.2 years
Anna1,59181.5 years
Paul1,40575.7 years
Joseph1,31675.1 years
Most common last names in Berks County, PA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Miller1,31177.9 years
Moyer83676.8 years
Smith75976.9 years
Snyder50676.0 years
Kline41678.7 years
Brown41576.9 years
Fisher37579.3 years
Schaeffer36078.0 years
Boyer35278.5 years
Wagner29476.7 years
Businesses in Berks County, PA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1Lane Furniture8
AT&T4LensCrafters1
Ace Hardware3Little Caesars Pizza2
Aeropostale1Long John Silver's1
American Eagle Outfitters1Lowe's4
Ann Taylor1Marriott1
Applebee's3Marshalls1
Arby's7MasterBrand Cabinets28
AutoZone4McDonald's15
BMW1Men's Wearhouse1
Baskin-Robbins5Microtel1
Bath & Body Works2Motherhood Maternity4
Bed Bath & Beyond1New Balance8
Best Western1New York & Co1
Blockbuster4Nike28
Budget Car Rental1Office Depot1
Burger King8OfficeMax2
CVS13Old Country Buffet1
Carson Pirie Scott1Old Navy1
Casual Male XL1Olive Garden1
Chick-Fil-A4On The Border1
Chico's1Outback1
Chipotle1Outback Steakhouse1
Chuck E. Cheese's1Pac Sun1
Clarks1Panera Bread1
Cold Stone Creamery1Papa John's Pizza4
Coldwater Creek1Payless3
Comfort Inn2Penske8
Cracker Barrel1PetSmart2
Curves7Pier 1 Imports1
DHL4Pizza Hut10
Dairy Queen6Quality1
Days Inn1Quiznos2
Deb2RadioShack5
Decora Cabinetry10Raymour & Flanigan1
Domino's Pizza6Red Lobster1
DressBarn1Red Robin1
Dunkin Donuts19Rite Aid17
Econo Lodge3Ruby Tuesday1
Express1Rue211
Famous Footwear3SAS Shoes1
Fashion Bug2SONIC Drive-In1
FedEx45Sam's Club1
Finish Line1Sears3
Firestone Complete Auto Care1Spencer Gifts2
Foot Locker2Sprint Nextel4
GNC10Staples2
GameStop5Starbucks3
Gap1Subway26
Goodwill4Super 81
Gymboree2T-Mobile12
H&R Block10T.J.Maxx1
Haworth1Taco Bell3
Holiday Inn4Talbots1
Hollister Co.1Target3
Home Depot2The Room Place2
Hot Topic1Toys"R"Us4
IHOP1True Value8
J. Jill1U-Haul14
JCPenney1UPS35
JoS. A. Bank1Vans1
Jones New York7Verizon Wireless3
Journeys1Victoria's Secret1
KFC3Walmart4
Kmart2Wendy's7
Kroger26Wet Seal1
LA Fitness1World Gym1
La-Z-Boy5YMCA6
Lane Bryant2
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