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Reading, Pennsylvania (PA) Poverty Rate Data
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30.7% of Reading, PA residents had an income below the poverty level in 2017, which was 59.3% greater than the poverty level of 12.5% across the entire state of Pennsylvania. Taking into account residents not living in families, 23.7% of high school graduates and 42.1% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 25.4% among disabled males and 33.8% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 74.7%. For comparison, it was 41.1% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Reading, PA

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2017:
Reading:

30.7%
Whole state:

12.5%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2017:
Reading:

14.2%
Whole state:

6.0%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Reading:

25.4%
Pennsylvania:

14.4%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 24.4% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Reading:

29.0%
Pennsylvania:

29.2%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Reading:

33.8%
Pennsylvania:

19.4%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 23.4% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Reading:

32.1%
Pennsylvania:

30.6%

Renting rate in this city among poor and not poor residents:
Residents below poverty level:

74.7%
Residents above poverty level:

41.1%

Poverty by age in Reading, PA

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Reading
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Reading,PA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 35.5%Under 5 years
  • 51.1%5 years
  • 35.6%6 to 11 years
  • 28.2%12 to 14 years
  • 32.5%15 years
  • 21.1%16 and 17 years
  • 21.6%18 to 24 years
  • 26.2%25 to 34 years
  • 14.4%35 to 44 years
  • 17.1%45 to 54 years
  • 15.0%55 to 64 years
  • 28.7%65 to 74 years
  • 0.0%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Reading
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Reading,PA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 51.1%Under 5 years
  • 38.6%5 years
  • 49.9%6 to 11 years
  • 40.2%12 to 14 years
  • 45.9%15 years
  • 31.4%16 and 17 years
  • 39.9%18 to 24 years
  • 33.2%25 to 34 years
  • 36.9%35 to 44 years
  • 34.0%45 to 54 years
  • 30.4%55 to 64 years
  • 30.1%65 to 74 years
  • 25.5%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Reading, PA
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Reading,PA (% below half of poverty level)
  • 21.9%Under 5 years
  • 16.3%5 years
  • 18.1%6 to 11 years
  • 13.2%12 to 14 years
  • 15.3%15 years
  • 16.3%16 and 17 years
  • 16.4%18 to 24 years
  • 11.2%25 to 34 years
  • 11.7%35 to 44 years
  • 9.6%45 to 54 years
  • 6.6%55 to 64 years
  • 5.2%65 to 74 years
  • 4.9%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Reading, PA

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Reading, PA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Reading, PA (%)
  • 19.1%White
  • 35.1%Black
  • 34.8%American Indian
  • 44.1%Asian
  • 53.7%Native Hawaiian
  • 36.7%Other race
  • 43.0%2+ races
  • 35.5%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Reading, PA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Reading, PA (absolute numbers)
  • 3,630White
  • 3,392Black
  • 857American Indian
  • 304Asian
  • 77Native Hawaiian
  • 3,957Other race
  • 7,1402+ races
  • 20,604Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 30.6%Below poverty level
  • 69.4%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 30.9%Below poverty level
  • 69.1%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Reading, PA

Children below poverty level:
Reading, Pennsylvania:

39.8%
State:

16.7%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Reading:

23.7%
Pennsylvania:

18.9%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
Reading:

42.1%
Pennsylvania:

36.4%
Poor families by family type
  • 23.5%Married-couple family
  • 6.0%Male, no wife present
  • 70.5%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Reading not in families by work experience
  • 3.6%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 28.2%Worked part-time
  • 68.2%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.6%Both worked full-time
  • 3.5%One full-time, other part-time
  • 9.7%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 10.7%Both worked part-time
  • 34.4%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 41.1%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 0.0%1999 to 2000
  • 0.5%1995 to 1998
  • 1.0%1990 to 1994
  • 1.4%1980 to 1989
  • 2.5%1970 to 1979
  • 5.0%1960 to 1969
  • 10.1%1950 to 1959
  • 12.4%1940 to 1949
  • 67.1%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.2%1999 to 2000
  • 0.2%1995 to 1998
  • 1.4%1990 to 1994
  • 2.1%1980 to 1989
  • 3.5%1970 to 1979
  • 4.9%1960 to 1969
  • 9.4%1950 to 1959
  • 11.8%1940 to 1949
  • 66.5%1939 or earlier
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