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Berks County is located in southeastern Pennsylvania. The County Seat is Reading and the largest city is Reading. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.co.berks.pa.us/. The 2014 population estimate is 413,691 and the 2010 census population was 411,587. The land area is 856.51 square miles and there are 480.4 persons per square mile.
89% of the population is White, 6.5% is Black or African American, 18.1% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.6% is Asian, 0.7% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2% is two or more races. 84.3% have a high school degree or higher, and 22.3% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $170,600, there are 153,897 households, an average of 2.59 persons per household. The per capita income is $26,723, the median household income is $55,170, and 13.9% of the persons in Berks County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 30,325. Retail sales (in $1000) were $4,953,210, and sales per capita were $12,307. The percentage of black-owned firms is 3.4%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 27.3%.
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