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. 2013 cost of living index in Berks County: 97.8 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (21.5%), Educational, health and social services (18.0%), Manufacturing (11.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 64%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 33%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Berks County, Pennsylvania:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (76.9%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (16.4%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (4.0%)
  • Asian alone (1.3%)
  • Two or more races (1.2%)
Median resident age:  39.0 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.0 years
Males: 201,864  (44.5%)
Females: 209,578  (55.5%)

Berks County,PA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Berks County:

2.0 people
Pennsylvania:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $56,043 ($44,714 in 1999)

This county:

$56043
Pennsylvania:

$52007

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $653 (lower quartile is $521, upper quartile is $800)
This county:

$653
State:

$675


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $166,900 (it was $104,400 in 2000)
Berks:

$166,900
Pennsylvania:

$164,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $108,400 - $236,800
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,446
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $566

Institutionalized population: 4,176
Berks County, PA map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 1009 buildings, average cost: $179,400
  • 2008: 614 buildings, average cost: $200,900
  • 2009: 372 buildings, average cost: $170,000

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $3,498 (2.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $3,060 (2.1%)

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 2013: 14.4%
(7.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 28.2% for Black residents, 40.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 32.1% for American Indian residents, 49.1% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 38.5% for other race residents, 27.6% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.4%
Berks County:

14.4%
Pennsylvania:

13.7%
(7.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 26.9% for Black residents, 40.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 30.2% for American Indian residents, 49.1% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 38.5% for other race residents, 27.6% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 39 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 31 years old, American Indian residents: 24 years old, Asian residents: 37 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 27 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.

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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 .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.8%
Pennsylvania:

5.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 3,778
  • 1990 to 1994: 3,075
  • 1985 to 1989: 2,542
  • 1980 to 1984: 1,350
  • 1975 to 1979: 943
  • 1970 to 1974: 959
  • 1970 to 1974: 845
  • 1965 to 1969: 2,540

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

62.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Berks County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant80,575177
Catholic75,67222
Evangelical Protestant33,376168
Other3,99623
Orthodox2,2755
Black Protestant1,0627
None214,486-
Berks County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 75
Berks County:

1.87 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 4
Here:

0.10 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 15
This county:

0.37 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 115
Berks County:

2.86 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 252
This county:

6.28 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Berks County:

7.4%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Berks County:

28.0%
State:

27.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

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 below Pennsylvania state average. It is 2449513.3 times below 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 near Pennsylvania state average. It is 86% 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 Berks 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 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 260.1 miles away from the county center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 246.5 miles away from the county center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 305.5 miles away from Berks 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
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

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: 5, Storms: 5, Hurricanes: 2, Tropical Storms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tornado: 1, Water Shortage: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Mexico (22%)
  • Dominican Republic (12%)
  • Germany (6%)
  • Italy (5%)
  • Vietnam (5%)
  • Romania (4%)
  • United Kingdom (4%)

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

  • German (35%)
  • Italian (9%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • United States or American (7%)
  • Polish (5%)
  • Pennsylvania German (5%)
  • English (4%)

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:

  • 4,604 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 3,291 people in nursing homes
  • 1,149 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 824 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 546 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 319 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 275 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 246 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 245 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 237 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 216 people in religious group quarters
  • 148 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 132 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 129 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 30 people in other group homes
  • 20 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 20 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 8 people in other workers' dormitories

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

  • 6,503 people in college/university student housing
  • 2,452 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 1,093 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 356 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 353 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 299 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 176 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 173 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 160 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 124 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 122 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 95 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 70 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 47 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $55,984.

3.42% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($39,438 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.42%
Pennsylvania average:

4.35%


0.08% of residents moved from foreign countries ($610 average AGI)
Berks County:

0.08%
Pennsylvania average:

0.04%

2.07% relocated from other counties in Pennsylvania ($24,431 average AGI)
1.27% relocated from other states ($14,398 average AGI)
Berks County:

1.27%
Pennsylvania average:

1.90%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Montgomery County, PA  0.49% ($41,290 average AGI)
from Lehigh County, PA  0.26% ($39,625)
from Lancaster County, PA  0.24% ($35,091)
from Chester County, PA  0.24% ($45,126)
from Philadelphia County, PA  0.14% ($41,566)
from Lebanon County, PA  0.13% ($33,947)
from Schuylkill County, PA  0.11% ($36,439)


3.94% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($39,156 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.94%
Pennsylvania average:

4.54%


0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($508 average AGI)
Berks County:

0.06%
Pennsylvania average:

0.06%

2.26% relocated to other counties in Pennsylvania ($22,710 average AGI)
1.62% relocated to other states ($15,938 average AGI)
Berks County:

1.62%
Pennsylvania average:

2.07%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Montgomery County, PA  0.46% ($39,470 average AGI)
to Lehigh County, PA  0.28% ($41,851)
to Lancaster County, PA  0.26% ($43,804)
to Chester County, PA  0.23% ($47,546)
to Philadelphia County, PA  0.18% ($30,147)
to Lebanon County, PA  0.17% ($34,909)
to Schuylkill County, PA  0.14% ($35,142)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.6
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 12.1

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 from 2007 to 2013: 8.8

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 from 2007 to 2012: 7.5

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.

63,619 married couples with children.
20,207 single-parent households (5,262 men, 14,945 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 686
  • 2000 to 2004: 16,481
  • 1990 to 1999: 20,620
  • 1980 to 1989: 17,426
  • 1970 to 1979: 18,951
  • 1960 to 1969: 15,526
  • 1950 to 1959: 19,949
  • 1940 to 1949: 10,324
  • 1939 or earlier: 44,290
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Berks County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Housing and Community Development: $4,600,000
    General - Other: $4,482,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $61,352,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $55,413,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $51,801,000
    Correctional Institutions: $47,500,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $33,664,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $30,312,000
    General - Other: $24,628,000
    Police Protection: $11,017,000
    Corrections - Other: $10,202,000
    Financial Administration: $7,086,000
    Housing and Community Development: $5,744,000
    Central Staff Services: $5,032,000
    Libraries: $4,563,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $3,338,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,410,000
    Regular Highways: $1,696,000
    General Public Buildings: $458,000
    Local Fire Protection: $383,000
    Solid Waste Management: $199,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $109,000
    Sewerage: $92,000
  • Employee Retirement - Corporate Stocks: $78,601,000
    Corporate Bonds: $21,472,000
    Benefit Payments: $5,948,000
    Total Cash and Deposits: $5,496,000
    Withdrawals: $2,354,000
    Other Investments - Other: $1,231,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $9,778,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Other Higher Education: $2,950,000
    Solid Waste Management: $856,000
    Water Utilities: $793,000
    General - Other: $674,000
    Transit Utilities: $203,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $85,138,000

Berks County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $57,682,000
    Solid Waste Management: $4,740,000
    Housing and Community Development: $288,000
    Parks and Recreation: $114,000
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $17,184,000
    From Parent Local Government: $8,613,000
    Local Employee Contribution: $4,955,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $4,303,000
    All Other: $293,000
    General Local Government Support: $11,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $49,000
    Housing and Community Development: $5,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $32,522,000
    Interest Earnings: $4,477,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $619,000
    Rents: $245,000
    Sale of Property: $19,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $124,536,000
    Health and Hospitals: $50,357,000
    All Other: $35,837,000
    Highways: $1,000,000
    General Local Government Support: $176,000
  • Tax - Property: $117,492,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,448,000
    Amusements License: $42,000

Berks County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $258,778,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $251,216,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $7,562,000

Berks County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $50,678,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $59,864,000
    Total Federal Securities: $31,080,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $81,505,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $8,946,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Berks County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Berks County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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
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

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-Eleven1Kroger26
ALDI1LA Fitness1
AT&T4La-Z-Boy5
Ace Hardware3Lane Bryant2
Advance Auto Parts6Lane Furniture8
Aeropostale1LensCrafters1
American Eagle Outfitters1Little Caesars Pizza2
Ann Taylor1Long John Silver's1
Applebee's3Lowe's4
Arby's7Marriott1
Audi1Marshalls1
AutoZone4MasterBrand Cabinets28
BMW1Mazda1
Barnes & Noble1McDonald's15
Baskin-Robbins5Men's Wearhouse1
Bath & Body Works2Microtel1
Bed Bath & Beyond1Motherhood Maternity4
Best Western1New Balance8
Blockbuster4New York & Co1
Budget Car Rental1Nike27
Burger King8Nissan1
CVS13Office Depot1
Carson Pirie Scott1OfficeMax2
Casual Male XL1Old Country Buffet1
Chevrolet4Old Navy1
Chick-Fil-A4Olive Garden1
Chico's1On The Border1
Chipotle1Outback1
Chuck E. Cheese's1Outback Steakhouse1
Clarks1Pac Sun1
Cold Stone Creamery1Panera Bread1
Coldwater Creek1Papa John's Pizza4
Comfort Inn2Payless3
Cracker Barrel1Penske8
Curves7PetSmart2
DHL4Pier 1 Imports1
Dairy Queen6Pizza Hut10
Days Inn1Quality1
Deb2Quiznos2
Decora Cabinetry10RadioShack5
Domino's Pizza6Raymour & Flanigan1
DressBarn1Red 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
Ford3Staples2
GNC10Starbucks3
GameStop5Subaru1
Gap1Subway26
Giant6Super 81
Goodwill4T-Mobile12
Gymboree2T.J.Maxx1
H&R Block10Taco Bell3
Haworth1Talbots1
Hilton2Target3
Holiday Inn4The Room Place2
Hollister Co.1Toyota2
Home Depot2Toys"R"Us4
Honda1True Value8
Hot Topic1U-Haul14
Hyundai2UPS35
IHOP1Vans1
J. Jill1Verizon Wireless3
JCPenney1Victoria's Secret1
JoS. A. Bank1Volkswagen1
Jones New York7Walmart4
Journeys1Wendy's7
Justice2Wet Seal1
KFC3World Gym1
Kmart2YMCA6

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