Health and Nutrition of Reading, PA Residents

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Forty six percent of Reading residents report that their diet is generally healthy. People here have milk to drink or on their cereal 20 times per month. This includes chocolate and other flavored milks, as well as hot cocoa made with milk, and does not count small amounts of milk added to coffee or tea. People living here eat an average of four meals (breakfasts, lunches or dinners) per week that were prepared away from home in places such as restaurants, fast food places, food stands, grocery stores or from vending machines. They get two of these meals from a fast-food or pizza place. People here eat two "ready to eat" foods such as salads, soups, chicken, sandwiches and cooked vegetables per month. They also eat three frozen meals or frozen pizzas on average monthly.

Summary

Diet health (%)

  • Reading 46.2%
  • Berks County 48.0%
  • Pennsylvania 49.8%

Milk product consumption (# of products/month)

  • Reading 20.1
  • County 21.8
  • State 21.5

Meals not home prepared (#/week)

  • Here 3.6
  • County 3.4
  • Pennsylvania 3.5

Meals from fast food or pizza place (#/week)

  • Reading 2.0
  • County 1.8
  • State 1.8

Ready-to-eat foods (#/month)

  • Here 2.0
  • County 1.7
  • Pennsylvania 1.7

Frozen meals/pizza (#/month)

  • Here 3.4
  • County 3.7
  • Pennsylvania 3.5

The average Reading resident last visited a dentist two years ago (including all types of dentists, such as, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and all other dental specialists, as well as dental hygienists). Seventeen percent of people living here 30 years of age and older, are embarrassed because of their teeth, mouth or dentures. Twenty two percent think they might have gum disease (might have swollen gums, receding gums, sore or infected gums or loose teeth). Reading residents rate the overall health of their teeth and gums on average at 43 percent. People living here aged 30 years and older, aside from brushing their teeth with toothbrush, use dental floss or any other device that clean between teeth on average three days per week. They also use mouthwash or other dental rinse products to treat dental disease or dental problems an average of three days per week. The average person living here (including children) has 23 teeth.

Summary

Average years since last visit a dentist

  • Reading 2.1
  • County 2.1
  • State 2.0

People embarrassed because of mouth (%)

  • Here 17.1%
  • County 17.3%
  • State 15.9%

People with gum disease (%)

  • Here 21.6%
  • Berks County 22.3%
  • State 21.1%

General health of teeth and gums (%)

  • Reading 43.5%
  • County 44.1%
  • State 46.3%

Average days a week using dental floss/device

  • Here 2.6
  • Berks County 2.6
  • Pennsylvania 2.8

Average days a week using mouthwash for dental problem

  • Here 3.1
  • Berks County 2.8
  • State 2.8

Average number of teeth

  • Here 23.2
  • Berks County 21.7
  • State 22.2

The average height of Reading residents 16 years and older is 65 inches. The average weight is 175 pounds. Their average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 29. Thirty seven percent of people living here are obese. Forty nine percent have ever been obese. Thirty four percent have ever tried to lose weight.

Summary

Average height (inches)

  • Reading 65.3
  • Berks County 66.6
  • Pennsylvania 66.8

Average weight (pounds)

  • Reading 175.4
  • Berks County 179.2
  • State 180.1

Average BMI

  • Here 28.6
  • Berks County 28.7
  • Pennsylvania 28.7

People that are obese (%)

  • Reading 37.3%
  • County 37.4%
  • State 37.5%

People that ever were obese (%)

  • Here 49.0%
  • Berks County 49.9%
  • Pennsylvania 49.4%

People trying to lose weight (%)

  • Reading 33.5%
  • Berks County 33.3%
  • State 34.6%

Sixty two percent of Reading residents have ever used marijuana or hashish. Twenty four percent of people living here have ever used cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. Twenty two percent have ever used any form of cocaine, such as powder, 'crack', 'free base', and coca paste. Two percent have ever used heroin. Fifteen percent have ever used methamphetamines.

Summary

People that ever used marijuana or hashish (%)

  • Reading 61.9%
  • County 65.3%
  • Pennsylvania 64.2%

Ever used hard drugs (%)

  • Here 24.4%
  • County 25.8%
  • State 23.8%

Ever used any form of cocaine (%)

  • Here 22.4%
  • County 23.2%
  • State 21.6%

Ever used heroin (%)

  • Reading 2.3%
  • Berks County 3.3%
  • Pennsylvania 3.2%

Ever used methamphetamine (%)

  • Here 14.7%
  • Berks County 15.0%
  • State 12.8%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Ten percent of people living in Reading have ever been told by a doctor or health professional that they have diabetes. Forty six percent of people had a blood test for high sugar or diabetes within the past three years. Three percent of city residents are currently taking insulin.

Summary

Diabetics (%)

  • Reading 9.9%
  • County 10.6%
  • Pennsylvania 10.6%

Had a blood test for high blood sugar (%)

  • Reading 45.9%
  • County 46.8%
  • Pennsylvania 47.7%

People taking insulin (%)

  • Here 2.5%
  • Berks County 3.1%
  • Pennsylvania 3.3%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Reading residents 20 years and older on average get up to urinate one time at night (from time they go to bed at night until the time they get up in the morning).

Summary

Avg. # of times urinating at night

  • Here 1.1
  • County 1.2
  • Pennsylvania 1.2

Eleven percent of Reading residents above the age of 40 have problems with their ability to smell, such as not being able to smell things or things not smelling the way they are supposed to. Five percent have been having problems with their ability to taste sweet, sour, salty or bitter foods and drinks. Sixty five percent of people above the age of 40 have ever had wisdom teeth removed. Twenty four percent have ever had their tonsils removed. Fourteen percent have lost consciousness because of a head injury. Nineteen percent have ever had a broken nose or other serious injury to face or skull. Thirty four percent have had two or more sinus infections.

Summary

People 40+ having problems with smell (%)

  • Reading 11.4%
  • County 12.0%
  • State 11.7%

People 40+ having problems with taste (%)

  • Here 5.4%
  • Berks County 6.0%
  • Pennsylvania 5.8%

People 40+ that ever had wisdom teeth removed (%)

  • Reading 64.6%
  • Berks County 69.1%
  • State 68.9%

People 40+ that ever had tonsils teeth removed (%)

  • Here 23.5%
  • County 28.9%
  • State 30.2%

People 40+ that ever had a loss of consciousness because of a head injury (%)

  • Here 14.4%
  • County 16.7%
  • State 16.1%

People 40+ that ever had a broken nose or other serious injury to face or skull (%)

  • Here 19.1%
  • County 23.0%
  • State 21.9%

People 40+ that ever had two or more sinus infections (%)

  • Here 34.4%
  • County 40.9%
  • Pennsylvania 41.9%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Sixty seven percent of people living in Reading are covered by health insurance or some other kind of health care plan.

Summary

People covered by health insurance (%)

  • Reading 67.5%
  • County 72.9%
  • Pennsylvania 75.8%

Twenty percent of people living in Reading have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had hypertension (also called high blood pressure). Twenty two percent of people take their blood pressure at home. Thirty seven percent of people in Reading frequently check their blood cholesterol. Seventeen percent of people have ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that their blood cholesterol level was high.

Summary

Has high blood pressure (%)

  • Reading 19.6%
  • County 23.8%
  • Pennsylvania 24.7%

Checking blood pressure at home (%)

  • Here 21.5%
  • Berks County 25.7%
  • Pennsylvania 25.9%

Frequently checking blood cholesterol (%)

  • Here 36.9%
  • County 41.8%
  • Pennsylvania 44.2%

Has high cholesterol level (%)

  • Here 17.0%
  • County 20.7%
  • State 20.8%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Thirty percent of people living in Reading use sunscreen.

Summary

People using sunscreen (%)

  • Here 29.7%
  • County 33.5%
  • State 35.2%

Thirty percent of Reading residents 18 years old and older have usually little interest or pleasure in doing things. Thirty one percent often feel down, depressed, or hopeless. Forty three percent of people living here have trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleep too much. Fifty three percent of people often feel tired or have little energy. Thirty two percent are bothered by poor appetite or overeating. Twenty three percent often feel badly about themselves, that they are a failure or have let themselves or their families down. Twenty one percent have trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching TV. Eighteen percent of people living here move or speak so slowly that other people could have noticed, or the opposite - being so fidgety or restless that they have been moving around a lot more than usual. Six percent have thoughts that they would be better off dead or of hurting themselves in some way.

Summary

People who have little interest in doing things (%)

  • Here 29.6%
  • County 27.4%
  • State 25.9%

People feeling down, depressed, or hopeless (%)

  • Here 30.6%
  • County 28.6%
  • Pennsylvania 27.2%

People who have trouble sleeping or sleeping too much (%)

  • Here 42.6%
  • Berks County 42.9%
  • State 41.6%

People feeling tired or having little energy (%)

  • Here 52.7%
  • County 52.1%
  • Pennsylvania 51.3%

People with poor appetite or overeating (%)

  • Here 31.8%
  • County 28.9%
  • Pennsylvania 27.4%

People feeling bad about themself (%)

  • Reading 23.4%
  • County 22.0%
  • Pennsylvania 21.1%

People who have trouble concentrating on things (%)

  • Reading 21.2%
  • Berks County 20.0%
  • State 18.9%

People moving or speaking slowly or too fast (%)

  • Reading 18.1%
  • County 15.2%
  • Pennsylvania 13.7%

People having thoughts they would be better off dead (%)

  • Reading 5.6%
  • County 4.8%
  • Pennsylvania 4.4%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Reading residents on average take two prescription medicines.

Summary

Average number of prescription medicines taking

  • Reading 1.8
  • County 2.2
  • Pennsylvania 2.2

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Seventy nine percent of people living in Reading have at least one alcoholic drink per month. Twelve percent of people living here do not drink alcohol at all. People living here drink alcohol 4.1 days per month on average. They have 5.8 drinks per week. On average people living here have 5 or more drinks on 22 days a year.

Summary

People drinking some alcohol every month (%)

  • Reading 78.7%
  • Berks County 80.3%
  • Pennsylvania 79.5%

People not drinking at all (%)

  • Here 11.8%
  • Berks County 10.6%
  • State 11.0%

Average days/month drinking alcohol

  • Reading 4.1
  • County 4.8
  • Pennsylvania 5.0

Average drinks/week

  • Reading 5.8
  • County 5.8
  • Pennsylvania 5.7

Average days/year people drink much

  • Reading 22.2
  • Berks County 24.5
  • Pennsylvania 23.4

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Ninety seven percent of Reading residents 18 years and older have ever had vaginal, anal or oral sex. Ninety four percent of males have ever had vaginal sex with a woman. Eighty four percent have ever performed oral sex on a woman. Fifty percent have ever had anal sex with a woman. Five percent of males in Reading have ever had any kind of sex with a man, including oral or anal. Ninety six percent of females have ever had vaginal sex with a man. Eighty one percent have ever performed oral sex on a man. Forty one percent have ever had anal sex. Fifteen percent of females have ever had any kind of sex with a woman. People in Reading were 16 years old on average when they had sex for the first time. The average man in his lifetime had any kind of sex with 30 women. He has vaginal sex with 24 women. People living here were on average 21 years old when they first performed oral sex on a woman. In their lifetime they performed oral sex on average on five women. Males in their lifetime have anal or oral sex with 1.9 men on average. They have had 1.1 anal sex partners in their lifetime. People in Reading were 20 years old on average when they first performed oral sex on a man. They performed oral sex on average on four men in their lifetime. Twelve percent of people use protection, like a condom or dental dam, while performing oral sex. The average person in Reading has vaginal or anal sex 65 times a year. Forty eight percent have sex without using a condom. Females in Reading 18 years and older have had any kind of sex with 10 men on average. They have had nine male vaginal sex partners in their lifetimes. Women here have on average 0.6 female sex partners in their lifetimes. Sixty eight percent of men 18 years old and older are circumcised.

Summary

People 18+ that ever had sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) (%)

  • Reading 97.3%
  • Berks County 97.6%
  • State 97.2%

Males 18+ that ever had vaginal sex with a woman (%)

  • Reading 94.1%
  • Berks County 94.9%
  • State 94.6%

Males 18+ that ever performed oral sex on a woman (%)

  • Reading 84.2%
  • Berks County 87.3%
  • Pennsylvania 86.9%

Males 18+ that ever had anal sex with a woman (%)

  • Reading 50.4%
  • Berks County 50.8%
  • Pennsylvania 48.0%

Males 18+ that ever had any sex with a man (%)

  • Here 5.2%
  • Berks County 5.4%
  • Pennsylvania 5.9%

Females 18+ that ever had vaginal sex with a man (%)

  • Reading 96.3%
  • Berks County 97.5%
  • State 97.3%

Females 18+ that ever performed oral sex on a man (%)

  • Here 81.1%
  • County 85.4%
  • Pennsylvania 84.5%

Females 18+ that ever had anal sex with a man (%)

  • Here 40.9%
  • Berks County 40.2%
  • Pennsylvania 38.1%

Females 18+ that ever had any kind of sex with a woman (%)

  • Reading 15.3%
  • Berks County 12.2%
  • Pennsylvania 11.4%

Average age people first had sex

  • Reading 16.5
  • County 16.5
  • State 16.8

Average number of female sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Here 30.0
  • Berks County 28.2
  • Pennsylvania 27.0

Average number of female vaginal sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Here 24.3
  • County 22.7
  • Pennsylvania 21.2

Average age people first performed oral sex on a woman (18+)

  • Reading 20.8
  • Berks County 21.2
  • Pennsylvania 21.7

Average number of woman performed oral sex on in lifetime (18+)

  • Here 5.2
  • County 5.6
  • State 5.1

Average number of male sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Reading 1.9
  • County 3.2
  • Pennsylvania 3.5

Average number of male anal sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Reading 1.1
  • County 1.9
  • Pennsylvania 2.0

Average age people first performed oral sex on a man (18+)

  • Here 20.0
  • Berks County 20.5
  • State 19.9

Average number of male oral sex partners in lifetime (18+)

  • Reading 3.7
  • Berks County 5.8
  • Pennsylvania 5.9

People using protection when performing oral sex (%)

  • Here 11.9%
  • Berks County 8.4%
  • State 8.7%

Average number of times people have vaginal or anal sex a year

  • Here 64.7
  • County 63.2
  • State 60.6

People having sex without condom (%)

  • Reading 48.0%
  • Berks County 54.3%
  • Pennsylvania 54.1%

Average number of male sex partners in lifetime (females 18+)

  • Here 10.0
  • Berks County 11.5
  • State 11.2

Average number of male vaginal sex partners in lifetime (females 18+)

  • Here 8.8
  • Berks County 10.2
  • Pennsylvania 9.8

Average number of female sex partners in lifetime (females 18+)

  • Reading 0.6
  • County 0.5
  • State 0.5

Circumcised males 18+ (%)

  • Reading 68.0%
  • County 80.1%
  • State 82.3%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Ten percent of households in Reading use chemical products in their homes to control fleas, roaches, ants, termites or other insects. Five percent use chemical products in their lawns or gardens to kill weeds.

Summary

Households using pesticides to control insects (%)

  • Reading 9.8%
  • Berks County 10.2%
  • Pennsylvania 10.1%

Households using pesticides to kill weeds (%)

  • Reading 4.8%
  • Berks County 4.6%
  • Pennsylvania 4.4%

Reading residents 16 years and older usually get seven hours of sleep at night on weekdays or workdays. Twenty seven percent of them have trouble sleeping.

Summary

Average hours sleeping at night

  • Here 6.8
  • County 6.8
  • State 6.8

People that has trouble sleeping (%)

  • Here 27.1%
  • County 31.9%
  • State 31.9%

Fifty three percent of Reading residents currently smoke cigarettes.

Summary

People smoking cigarettes (%)

  • Here 52.7%
  • County 53.2%
  • Pennsylvania 50.8%

Twenty one percent of Reading residents' work involve vigorous-intensity activity that causes large increases in breathing or heart rate, like carrying or lifting heavy loads, digging or construction work for at least 10 minutes continuously. Thirty five percent of people do moderate-intensity activities at work that cause small increases in breathing or heart rate such as brisk walking or carrying light loads for at least 10 minutes continuously. Thirty two percent walk or bicycle for at least 10 minutes continuously to get to and from places. Nineteen percent do any vigorous-intensity sports, fitness or recreational activities that cause large increases in breathing or heart rate like running or basketball for at least 10 minutes continuously. Thirty eight percent do any moderate-intensity sports, fitness or recreational activities that cause a small increase in breathing or heart rate such as brisk walking, bicycling, swimming or golf for at least 10 minutes continuously. People living here spend six hours sitting on a typical day (this includes sitting at work, at home, getting to and from places, or with friends, including time spent sitting at a desk, traveling in a car or bus, reading, playing cards, watching television or using a computer). They usually sit and watch TV or videos for about three hours per day. They use a computer or play computer games (including Playstation, Nintendo DS, or other portable video games) outside of work or school for 1.2 hours per day.

Summary

People doing vigorous-intensity work activities (%)

  • Reading 20.8%
  • County 22.5%
  • Pennsylvania 21.6%

People doing moderate-intensity work activities (%)

  • Here 34.7%
  • Berks County 37.5%
  • Pennsylvania 37.3%

People walking or bicycling (%)

  • Reading 32.4%
  • Berks County 29.2%
  • Pennsylvania 28.8%

People doing vigorous-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Reading 19.1%
  • Berks County 16.2%
  • Pennsylvania 18.4%

People doing moderate-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Here 37.8%
  • Berks County 39.4%
  • State 41.8%

Average hours a day doing sedentary activities

  • Here 5.6
  • County 5.9
  • State 6.1

Average hours a day watching TV or videos

  • Here 2.7
  • County 2.8
  • State 2.8

Average hours a day using computer

  • Here 1.2
  • County 1.2
  • Pennsylvania 1.2

Ten percent of Reading residents have ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that they had asthma. Four percent of people living here has anemia, sometimes called "tired blood" or "low blood". Three percent of people 16 years and older have ever been told by a doctor or other health care professional that they had psoriasis. Thirty one percent are overweight. Twenty three percent of people 60 years and older have difficulties in thinking or remembering that can make a big difference in everyday activities (this does not refer to occasionally forgetting your keys or the name of someone you recently met). This refers to things like confusion or memory loss that are happening more often or getting worse. Eleven percent of people living in Reading have ever received a blood transfusion. Twenty two percent have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Twenty two percent of people 20 and older have arthritis. Three percent have ever been told they had gout. Three percent have congestive heart failure. Three percent have coronary heart disease. Two percent have angina, also called angina pectoris. Three percent have ever had a heart attack, also called myocardial infarction. Four percent have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had a stroke. Two percent have ever had emphysema. Six percent have another thyroid problem. Three percent have ever had chronic bronchitis. Three percent of people had any kind of liver condition. Seven percent have ever had cancer or a malignancy of any kind.

Summary

People with asthma (%)

  • Reading 9.8%
  • Berks County 11.1%
  • Pennsylvania 10.7%

People with anemia (%)

  • Here 4.0%
  • Berks County 3.5%
  • State 3.5%

People with psoriasis (%)

  • Here 2.8%
  • County 4.0%
  • Pennsylvania 3.9%

People with overweight (%)

  • Reading 31.5%
  • Berks County 33.9%
  • State 34.2%

Elderly people having difficulties in thinking or remembering (%)

  • Here 22.8%
  • Berks County 22.7%
  • Pennsylvania 20.2%

People who ever received blood transfusion (%)

  • Here 11.4%
  • Berks County 12.5%
  • State 12.4%

People having trouble seeing even with glass/contacts (%)

  • Here 22.4%
  • County 20.8%
  • State 19.2%

People with arthritis (%)

  • Here 22.5%
  • Berks County 27.8%
  • State 27.5%

People with gout (%)

  • Here 2.8%
  • Berks County 3.8%
  • State 4.1%

People with congestive heart failure (%)

  • Reading 3.0%
  • County 4.1%
  • Pennsylvania 3.8%

People with coronary heart disease (%)

  • Here 2.8%
  • Berks County 3.7%
  • Pennsylvania 3.5%

People with angina pectoris (%)

  • Here 1.8%
  • Berks County 2.4%
  • State 2.5%

People who ever had heart attack (%)

  • Here 3.4%
  • County 4.5%
  • Pennsylvania 4.2%

People who ever had stroke (%)

  • Reading 3.7%
  • Berks County 4.4%
  • State 4.3%

People with emphysema (%)

  • Here 2.5%
  • Berks County 4.1%
  • Pennsylvania 3.5%

People with thyroid problem (%)

  • Reading 6.3%
  • County 7.8%
  • Pennsylvania 8.1%

People with chronic bronchitis (%)

  • Here 2.9%
  • Berks County 4.2%
  • State 4.0%

People with any liver condition (%)

  • Reading 3.3%
  • Berks County 3.6%
  • State 3.0%

People who ever had cancer or malignancy (%)

  • Here 6.7%
  • Berks County 9.3%
  • State 9.8%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Sixty six percent of births in Reading were vaginal deliveries. Thirty four percent of deliveries were cesarean. 99.1 percent of deliveries resulted in live births. Sixty percent of pregnancies resulted in a delivery. Fifty seven percent of women breastfeed their children. Nineteen percent of women in Reading have ever had a hysterectomy, including a partial hysterectomy (that is, surgery to remove their uterus or womb). Ten percent had both of their ovaries removed (either when they had their uterus removed or at another time). Sixty eight percent have ever taken birth control pills for any reason. Six percent of women are currently taking birth control pills. Twenty percent have ever used Depo-Provera or injectable birth control to prevent pregnancy. Fourteen percent have ever used female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, including any forms of female hormones, such as pills, cream, patch and injections, but do not include birth control methods or use for infertility.

Summary

Vaginal deliveries (%)

  • Reading 66.2%
  • County 66.5%
  • State 65.5%

Cesarean deliveries (%)

  • Here 33.8%
  • County 33.5%
  • State 34.5%

Deliveries resulted in a live birth (%)

  • Here 99.1%
  • Berks County 99.4%
  • Pennsylvania 99.3%

Pregnancies resulted in a delivery (%)

  • Here 60.1%
  • Berks County 60.9%
  • State 60.1%

Women breastfeeding newborns (%)

  • Reading 57.4%
  • County 53.9%
  • Pennsylvania 53.0%

Women that had a hysterectomy (%)

  • Here 18.5%
  • Berks County 23.5%
  • State 24.1%

Women that had both ovaries removed (%)

  • Reading 9.7%
  • County 12.7%
  • Pennsylvania 13.1%

Women that have ever taken birth control pills (%)

  • Reading 68.3%
  • Berks County 73.4%
  • Pennsylvania 74.0%

Women taking birth control pills (%)

  • Reading 5.9%
  • County 7.2%
  • Pennsylvania 7.9%

Women that have ever used Depo-Provera or injectables (%)

  • Reading 20.0%
  • Berks County 16.1%
  • State 15.2%

Women that have ever used female hormones (%)

  • Here 14.3%
  • County 19.1%
  • Pennsylvania 19.6%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

People living in Reading report their general health condition on average at 53 percent. Four percent of them donate blood. Excluding tests they have had as part of blood donations, 40 percent of Reading residents have ever had their blood tested for the AIDS virus infection. Seven percent of people living in Reading are left-handed.

Summary

General health condition (%)

  • Here 52.8%
  • County 54.2%
  • Pennsylvania 55.7%

Blood donors (%)

  • Here 3.7%
  • County 3.8%
  • State 4.3%

Has blood ever tested for HIV virus (%)

  • Reading 39.6%
  • Berks County 38.1%
  • State 38.7%

Left-handed people (%)

  • Reading 7.4%
  • Berks County 8.2%
  • Pennsylvania 8.5%

People in Reading spend $370 per month on average on food for their families at supermarkets or grocery stores. This is 26 percent of their income. The average family in Reading spends $77 on food at other stores monthly. This is five percent of their income. They spend $128 on eating out, including cafeterias at work or at school or on vending machines. This is seven percent of their income. They also spend $27 monthly on carried out or delivered food. This is one percent of their income.

Summary

Money monthly spent on food at supermarket/grocery store

  • Here $370
  • County $362
  • State $356

Income spent on food at supermarket/grocery store (%)

  • Reading 25.7%
  • Berks County 24.8%
  • State 23.5%

Money monthly spent on food at other stores

  • Reading $77
  • County $68
  • Pennsylvania $70

Income spent on food at other stores (%)

  • Reading 4.7%
  • Berks County 4.1%
  • Pennsylvania 4.1%

Money monthly spent on eating out

  • Reading $128
  • County $129
  • State $137

Income spent on eating out (%)

  • Here 7.3%
  • County 6.6%
  • State 6.6%

Money monthly spent on carryout/delivered foods

  • Reading $27
  • Berks County $23
  • State $23

Income spent on carryout/delivered foods (%)

  • Reading 1.2%
  • Berks County 1.2%
  • State 1.2%

People living in Reading report their general condition of hearing on average at 79 percent. Eighty one percent of them can usually hear and understand, without the use of a hearing aid or any other listening devices, what a person says without seeing his or her face if that person whispers to them from across a quiet room. Ninety five percent of people can hear a normal voice across a quiet room. Eighteen percent of Reading population have been bothered by ringing, roaring or buzzing in their ears or head. Forty two percent of people living here have ever had a job where they were exposed to loud sounds or noise. Loud means so loud that they must speak in a raised voice to be heard. Fourteen percent of people in Reading had off-work exposure to loud noise.

Summary

Average condition of hearing (%)

  • Here 79.4%
  • Berks County 77.4%
  • State 78.0%

People that can hear a whisper from across a quiet room (%)

  • Reading 81.2%
  • County 76.6%
  • State 77.9%

People that can hear normal voice from across a quiet room (%)

  • Reading 95.2%
  • Berks County 94.4%
  • Pennsylvania 94.6%

Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing (%)

  • Reading 18.4%
  • Berks County 21.7%
  • State 20.6%

Had a job exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Reading 42.0%
  • Berks County 46.0%
  • State 43.4%

Had off-work exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Here 13.5%
  • Berks County 15.8%
  • Pennsylvania 15.4%

Twenty six percent of Reading residents 40 and older take a low-dose aspirin each day to prevent heart attacks, strokes or cancer.

Summary

Adults 40+ taking low-dose aspirin (%)

  • Here 25.8%
  • County 26.5%
  • Pennsylvania 27.3%

Eighteen percent of Reading residents 20 or older have limitations caused by a long-term physical, mental or emotional problems or illnesses keeping them from working at a job or business. Twenty three percent are limited in the kind or amount of work they can do because of physical, mental or emotional problems. Nine percent have difficulty walking without using any special equipment. Eleven percent are limited in any way because of difficulty remembering or because they experience periods of confusion. Seven percent of people here have health problems that require them to use special equipment, such as a cane, wheelchair, special bed or special telephone.

Summary

People having limitations keeping them from working (%)

  • Reading 17.5%
  • County 20.8%
  • State 19.1%

People limited in amount of work they can do (%)

  • Here 22.6%
  • County 27.3%
  • Pennsylvania 25.7%

People that need special equipment to walk (%)

  • Reading 8.6%
  • County 10.3%
  • Pennsylvania 9.9%

People experiencing confusion/memory problems (%)

  • Reading 11.3%
  • Berks County 11.4%
  • State 10.3%

People requiring special healthcare equipment (%)

  • Reading 7.1%
  • County 8.6%
  • State 8.6%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

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