The historic city of Reading, PA is the county seat of Berks County and the fifth largest city in the state. Conveniently located in southeastern Pennsylvania, Reading offers an easy commute to Philadelphia, New York City and Pennsylvania Dutch Country. The city is steeped in history, as it was designed by Thomas and Richard Penn, whose father William Penn was a key driving force behind the establishment of Pennsylvania. Today, Reading is known as an artsy, affordable city with a diverse population and a bright future.
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Reading is home to an estimated population of 87,812 residents and that number has been rising steadily in recent years. A big part of that population growth has come from the younger demographic, and the city's average resident age of 29 years is more than 10 years below the state average. The city's cultural and artistic offerings attract a diverse group of residents, and an affordable cost of living has made Reading an increasingly popular pick for young families looking for the right place to settle down.
Home in Reading offer great value, and will leave plenty of room in your budget to experience all that the city has to offer. The heart of the city has a very urban layout, and is home to many of the city's most popular entertainment options. Head to the outskirts, and you'll find suburban homes, residential developments, and a taste of Pennsylvania Dutch flavor. Search the newest real estate listings in Reading, PA.
The Reading School District covers education throughout the city—it’s a large district with a total of just under 20,000 students across all grade levels. Positive press has been a consistent theme with the Reading School District in recent years, including a bronze rating for city high schools from U.S. New and World Report. Colleges nearby include Alvernia University, Albright College, and the Reading Area Community College. Find homes for sale in Reading by school district.
The large Reading School District is also one of the city's largest employers, and the Reading Hospital checks in at number one on the list. The city is also home to large corporate employers including the East Penn Manufacturing Company, Wal-Mart and Penske Truck Leasing. Overall, residents most frequently find work in manufacturing, production, retail sales, education, and healthcare.
Reading is home to diverse entertainment options and offers things to do for the whole family. The Reading Fightin' Phils minor league baseball team turns every game into an unforgettable event, and gives you a chance to see the future stars of the Philadelphia Phillies on their way to the big leagues. Santander Arena and the Santander Performing Arts Center draw some of the biggest names in music, to go along with a busy schedule of minor league hockey, big conventions, and performances by the brilliant Reading Symphony Orchestra.
There is plenty to do outdoors as more than 25 parks dot the city's landscape, including recreation facilities for all of the most popular sports. The one of a kind Reading Pagoda has been a constant symbol on the city's skyline for more than 100 years, and is more than worth a visit. You can see the building from the city at night, bathed in beautiful red light.
Are you ready to experience the history, culture, and community of Pennsylvania first-hand? Contact BHHS Homesale Realty to buy or sell homes in Reading, PA.
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