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Time Zone: Berks County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Reading is the Seat for Berks County.

Berks County was founded March 11, 1752. Berks was created by taking area from Philadelphia, and 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 last Census (which gave a population of 373,638 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Berks represented 3.04% of the total population of Pennsylvania, making it the state's 9th most populous county (out of 67 counties).

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% 
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2000373,638The Last Census

More information can be found on the Berks County Census Page for Berks County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Berks County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Berks County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Reading   81,00081,2070.25% decrease  
Wyomissing   10,4768,58722% increase  
Birdsboro   5,1995,0642.67% increase  
Kutztown   5,1025,0670.69% increase  
Shillington   5,0215,0590.75% decrease  

Websites for Berks County

Official Website:   www.co.berks.pa.us/

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<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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