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Old 02-12-2008, 07:13 PM
 
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I am thinking of moving to Reading from Brooklyn because of the inexpensive housing there. I have read that the city of Reading is crime ridden but have not heard any mention on diversity in Reading and surrounding suburbs.
Are there many diverse communities surrounding reading?
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Old 02-12-2008, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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You can do a Wikipedia search to view the demographics for some of the suburbs of Reading (Wyomissing, Exeter Township, Sinking Spring, West Lawn, Fleetwood, etc.). In short, there isn't a whole lot of diversity compared to what you're used to in NYC, but it certainly has gotten better over the last few years. When I graduated from Exeter Twp High School in '02, I think my graduating class was 95 or 96% white. I know this isn't the case now. In the past, there was a high concentration of Puerto Ricans in the city of Reading (and there still is), while the areas directly surrounding the city were inhibited by mostly caucasians. However, there are a lot of people moving to the area from NYC, NJ, and Philly to escape high housing costs, which is bringing some diversity to the suburbs....but again, it's no Brooklyn,
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Old 02-13-2008, 07:26 AM
 
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Hi,

Christa is right in that you will not find as much diversity as you have in Brooklyn. However, it is here. The outlying communities around Reading are predominantly Caucasian, but there is a mix of other races. Good luck in your search.
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Old 02-13-2008, 09:06 AM
 
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Hi,

Christa is right in that you will not find as much diversity as you have in Brooklyn. However, it is here. The outlying communities around Reading are predominantly Caucasian, but there is a mix of other races. Good luck in your search.
haha, my name is actually Chris. My username is meant to read "Chris at Duke." I don't think I'm a woman, at least the last time I checked.
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Old 02-13-2008, 11:43 AM
 
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haha, my name is actually Chris. My username is meant to read "Chris at Duke." I don't think I'm a woman, at least the last time I checked.
A big sorry Chris. I hope I did not offend you too much? It is probably not a nickname you would like to have. LOL!
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Old 02-13-2008, 02:39 PM
 
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A big sorry Chris. I hope I did not offend you too much? It is probably not a nickname you would like to have. LOL!
haha, no big deal
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Old 02-27-2008, 05:55 PM
 
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Thank you both very much for your input and the info. I will look into the surrounding areas, I would like to live in an area where people are open minded . thanks again
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Old 02-27-2008, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Thank you both very much for your input and the info. I will look into the surrounding areas, I would like to live in an area where people are open minded . thanks again
Is there any particular reason why Reading/Berks County jumped out at you moreso than other parts of the state? I think you'll find that Pennsylvania, overall, is a very conservative state socially outside of Philadelphia (and to a lesser extent Pittsburgh). I believe the Harrisburg/Dauphin County area might suit you nicely, as it is becoming increasingly diverse and socially-liberal (it is the state capital after all). Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is a wonderful place to live if you're a white straight Christian, but otherwise it leaves much to be desired. The Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton area offers easy access in case you ever want to visit NYC, but housing prices there have become rather expensive overall. Lancaster and York are both becoming overrun with new transplants from NY/NJ and MD, respectively, and housing prices in both areas are rising considerably as a result.

Best of luck to you!
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:45 AM
 
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Thank you both very much for your input and the info. I will look into the surrounding areas, I would like to live in an area where people are open minded . thanks again
Keep in mind that Reading is a decent sized city. You're not going to be in the boonies of PA. While you won't be immersed in the culture and diversity that New York City offers, people are still open minded. Sure, there are still some traditional old-timers who are set in their ways and not open to change, but like I said, this area is seeing a large influx of people from other areas, thus bringing more diversity. As the previous poster mentioned, you might want to consider Harrisburg and Allentown as well.
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