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Pennsylvania; Berks County, Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania
Berks County, Pennsylvania
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 12,801,989 421,164
People
Population
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 12,801,989 421,164
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2019) 12,702,868 411,570
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2019, (V2019) 0.8% 2.3%
Population, Census, April 1, 2020 13,002,700 428,849
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 12,702,379 411,442
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent
5.5%
5.7%
Persons under 18 years, percent
20.6%
22.2%
Persons 65 years and over, percent
18.7%
17.6%
Female persons, percent
51.0%
50.8%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent
81.6%
86.9%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)
12.0%
7.4%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)
0.4%
0.9%
Asian alone, percent(a)
3.8%
1.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)
0.1%
0.2%
Two or More Races, percent
2.1%
3.1%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)
7.8%
22.5%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent
75.7%
70.3%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2015-2019 759,474 22,270
Foreign born persons, percent, 2015-2019 6.9% 7.5%
Housing
Housing units, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 5,732,628 167,853
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2015-2019 68.9% 71.5%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 $180,200 $178,700
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2015-2019 $1,494 $1,543
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2015-2019 $539 $624
Median gross rent, 2015-2019 $938 $939
Building permits, 2020 25,706 515
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2015-2019 5,053,106 154,712
Persons per household, 2015-2019 2.45 2.62
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2015-2019 87.6% 86.7%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2015-2019 11.4% 19.0%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2015-2019 88.0% 88.5%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2015-2019 81.5% 82.6%
Education
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019 90.5% 86.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019 31.4% 24.9%
Health
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2015-2019 9.8% 9.9%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent
7.0%
7.6%
Economy
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2015-2019 62.7% 65.2%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2015-2019 58.4% 60.4%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 23,504,192 548,812
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 96,329,248 2,588,924
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 231,396,178 10,905,129
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 178,794,945 5,719,377
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c) $14,008 $13,832
Transportation
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2015-2019 27.2 25.2
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 $61,744 $63,728
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 $34,352 $31,571
Persons in poverty, percent
12.0%
10.2%
Businesses
Businesses
Total employer establishments, 2019 303,224 8,354
Total employment, 2019 5,557,885 162,134
Total annual payroll, 2019 ($1,000) 294,726,635 7,940,841
Total employment, percent change, 2018-2019 1.5% 4.4%
Total nonemployer establishments, 2018 865,041 25,138
All firms, 2012 975,453 30,342
Men-owned firms, 2012 579,400 17,633
Women-owned firms, 2012 304,803 9,700
Minority-owned firms, 2012 131,512 4,659
Nonminority-owned firms, 2012 818,858 24,693
Veteran-owned firms, 2012 97,969 2,864
Nonveteran-owned firms, 2012 837,792 25,964
Geography
Geography
Population per square mile, 2010 283.9 480.4
Land area in square miles, 2010 44,742.70 856.51
FIPS Code 42 42011
Value Notes

Estimates are not comparable to other geographic levels due to methodology differences that may exist between different data sources.

Some estimates presented here come from sample data, and thus have sampling errors that may render some apparent differences between geographies statistically indistinguishable. Click the Quick Info icon to the left of each row in TABLE view to learn about sampling error.

The vintage year (e.g., V2019) refers to the final year of the series (2010 thru 2019). Different vintage years of estimates are not comparable.

Fact Notes Value Flags

QuickFacts data are derived from: Population Estimates, American Community Survey, Census of Population and Housing, Current Population Survey, Small Area Health Insurance Estimates, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, State and County Housing Unit Estimates, County Business Patterns, Nonemployer Statistics, Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners, Building Permits.

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