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The 2000 Census showed that Berks County had a population of 373,638 people. This represented 3.04% of the total population of Pennsylvania, making it the state's 9th most populous county (out of 67 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Berks had a population of 407,125 people. This is an increase of 8.96% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010411,442+10.12%+1.06% since 2009
2009407,125+8.96%+0.58% since 2008
2008404,771+8.33%+0.57% since 2007
2007402,476+7.72%+0.8% since 2006
2006399,279+6.86%+1.39% since 2005
2005393,788+5.39%+1.18% since 2004
2004389,177+4.16%+1.2% since 2003
2003384,547+2.92%+1.03% since 2002
2002380,629+1.87%+0.92% since 2001
2001377,155+0.94%+0.94% since 2000
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2000373,638The Last Census

Berks County had 150,222 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Berks County has a total area<3> of 865 square miles [2,242 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (6.79 square miles [17.58 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Berks County had a population density of 435 people per square mile [168 people/km²], making it the state's 12th most densely populated county (out of 67 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Berks County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Berks and the state of Pennsylvania.

Click here for the Berks County QuickFact (QF-42011).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Berks County:

CommunityCensus
QuickFact
Population
(2009 Est)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
  Population
ReadingQF-426362481,00081,207-0.25%
WyomissingQF-428688010,4768,58722%
BirdsboroQF-42065045,1995,0642.67%
KutztownQF-42406565,1025,0670.69%
ShillingtonQF-42702485,0215,059-0.75%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Berks County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

CountyCensus
QuickFact
DirectionPopulation
(2009 Est.)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
Population
ChesterQF-42029   SE498,894433,50115.08%
LancasterQF-42071   SW507,766470,6587.88%
LebanonQF-42075   W130,506120,3278.46%
LehighQF-42077   NE343,519312,09010.07%
MontgomeryQF-42091   SE782,339750,0974.3%
SchuylkillQF-42107   NW146,952150,336-2.25%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Berks. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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