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Welcome to Reading ...

The city of Reading is located in Berks County<1> and is the County Seat for Berks County.

When the people of Reading refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Readingite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Reading has a population of 88,375 people<3> (see below for details).

Reading was established in 1743.

The community of Reading is 250 feet [76 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

Websites for Reading ...

Official Website:   www.cityofreadingpa.com/

Junior League:   www.JLReading.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Reading had an population of 88,375 people. This is an increase of 0.33% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 8.83% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Reading had a population of 88,082 people (or 21.41% of the total population of Berks County). This makes Reading the county's most populous community.

The population of Reading represents 0.69% of the total population of Pennsylvania (which has 12,702,379 people), making it the state's 5th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 88,082 people, the population of Reading increased 8.47% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 81,207 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Reading.

Communities Also Named Reading ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 10 communities that are also named Reading - they are located in Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio (2), Ontario and Vermont.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Reading.

Communities near Reading ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Reading.

  • Pottstown [Montgomery County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pottstown
    • Pottstown [Montgomery County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the east of Reading
    • Estimated population in 2019: 22,600 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pottstown
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pottstown<6>
  • Ephrata [Lancaster County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ephrata
    • Ephrata [Lancaster County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the southwest of Reading
    • Estimated population in 2019: 13,862 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ephrata
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ephrata<6>
  • New Holland [Lancaster County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Holland have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Holland
    • New Holland [Lancaster County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the southwest of Reading
    • Estimated population in 2019: 5,464 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Holland
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Holland<6>
  • Birdsboro [Berks County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Birdsboro
    • Birdsboro [Berks County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the southeast of Reading
    • Estimated population in 2019: 5,143 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Birdsboro
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Birdsboro<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Kutztown [Berks County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kutztown have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kutztown
      • Kutztown [Berks County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the northeast of Reading
      • Estimated population in 2019: 5,080 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kutztown
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kutztown<6>
    • Hamburg [Berks County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hamburg
      • Hamburg [Berks County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the north of Reading
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,355 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hamburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hamburg<6>
    • Fleetwood [Berks County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fleetwood have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fleetwood
      • Fleetwood [Berks County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the northeast of Reading
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,104 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fleetwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fleetwood<6>
    • Boyertown [Berks County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boyertown have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boyertown
      • Boyertown [Berks County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the east of Reading
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,071 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boyertown
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Boyertown<6>
    • Denver [Lancaster County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Denver have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Denver
      • Denver [Lancaster County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the southwest of Reading
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,851 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Denver
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Denver<6>
    • Myerstown [Lebanon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Myerstown
      • Myerstown [Lebanon County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the west of Reading
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,251 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Myerstown
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Myerstown<6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Reading. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Reading.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Reading. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Reading.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Reading. Our list includes 125 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Reading.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Reading ...

Looking for more information about Reading? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Reading, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Reading.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Berks County

About Pennsylvania

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Reading: www.cityofreadingpa.com/

The official website for Berks County: www.co.berks.pa.us/

The official website for State of Pennsylvania: https://www.pa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Pennsylvania's counties, including Berks, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Reading refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Reading may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Reading.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Reading - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Reading) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Reading. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Reading

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Reading. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.3353, Longitude: -75.9279    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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