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Old 11-07-2017, 07:19 PM
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Hi, so I'm currently trying to figure out where I'd like to live, and I know it'd be on the eastern side of PA. I was looking into Philadelphia (which I really like) but was also curious on Reading. People say it's not a safe city (I mean the city itself not West Reading or Wyomissing), but they're posts from years back.

Is it still that bad or dangerous? If it matters I'm a female who isn't super tall but not short either. I'm just trying to gather information on different cities to try and narrow it down, and Reading seems nice enough but some seem to say otherwise.

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Old 11-08-2017, 10:30 AM
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I love Reading. I don't live there but I used to, and I am in the city a lot - previously worked there. Reading COULD be wonderful for you. The housing stock is largely 100+ years old but pretty well kept considering. There is some crime but it really matters who you hang around with and what your addictions are (i.e. Chocolate, Classic Movies, Old Home Restoration = GOOD/ Meth, Porn, disassembling stolen cars = BAD). I'm exaggerating, but this is a city with city problems, but there are a LOT of good people who live in Reading and they are great!

We need to find out more about you. Please fill out the sticky at the top of this page about yourself.

Most especially, do you work from home or do you commute? A MAJOR factor in a good quality of life is having a reasonable commute. Where do you work? What would be a reasonable commute for you? For me, anything longer than 30 minutes makes me snappish. Twenty minutes is best for ME. How 'bout you? Once we know your work city (town/township), your commute preference and your interests from the sticky we'll give you some good options. Especially include a price range you're comfortable with.

Reading may be perfect for you. I've known some people who moved to Reading from NYC who LOVE it. People are friendly. There are jobs. Housing is good. The environment is green and attractive. The city fits their budget and lifestyle.

Do you mountain bike? This area is big for that. Do you quilt? Lots of quilters around. Do you enjoy baseball? The Fightin Phils are awesome. We gotta know whatcha like first.
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Old 11-08-2017, 02:25 PM
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I haven't been there in years, and I have no plans to return. I wouldn't live there. The crime rate has dropped a bit in the past few years, but it's still unacceptably high in my opinion.


Search Reading, PA, crime. You'll find City-Data, NeighborhoodScout, AreaVibes, and a few others.

None of the stats are good. There are a lot of people on public assistance, wages are low, the schools don't rate well.
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:16 PM
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I just moved back to the area after spending a number of years in a major city. I'm living in West Reading, which is adorable and constantly growing. New breweries and restaurants all the time. But you're asking about Reading itself. There are certainly good aspects--the Goggleworks, the IMAX theater, some great bars and restaurants. But there is still an unusually high level of crime. I don't think it's the depressing pit of nightmares some people make it out to be though.

And I agree with the above poster talking about proximity to work. Your commute is an important factor too.
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Old 11-09-2017, 03:23 PM
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IMO they are trying but it has a long way to go.

Unless you have family/job in that area (a really GOOD reason to move there) I would look closer to Philadelphia.

Philadelphia and that area just has so much more to offer.
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Old 11-11-2017, 09:02 AM
Location: FW, Indiander
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Reading needs more working class folks to counter the QOL problems there. Having folks who are loaded won't do a thing except jack up the rent/property taxes and increase traffic in an area with lackluster infrastructure.
If you can afford the Philly area, go for it. There is no reason for you to move there unless a)you have a job/family or b)you're working class who is sick of the Philthy area screwing you over.
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Old 11-11-2017, 10:25 AM
Location: Philadelphia
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I highly recommend you fill this out. It will help with the analysis. I know there are lovely areas of Reading, but without knowing more information it is hard to assess. Other great areas of eastern PA, and an area I highly recommend checking out is Bethlehem. It is historic, quaint, tons of amenities, and a youthful educated population, with the high concentration of universities in the immediate area.

The outskirts of Philadelphia are also lovely. Places like Phoenixville are lovely and a new hub of young professional energy.
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