BERKS VITAL SIGNS

A Community Indicator Project for Our County

The Berks Vital Signs Project provides information about our community that can be used to improve the local quality of life and to better understand when things are going well. We invite you to explore the data sets, which include a variety of ways to compare areas within the county, with surrounding counties, and with the state and nation. This site also serves as a repository for community research, making important reports and documents available in one location. Berks Vital Signs is a project of Berks County Community Foundation and Alvernia University.

LEADING COUNTY INDICATORS
Click below to view interactive charts and full data on these featured indicators.
Children & Youth
Children Living in Poverty
23%
in 2012-16

Increasing
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Education
High School Cohort Graduation Rate
87%
in 2016

Increasing
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Financial Self-Sufficiency
Median Household Income
$57,068
in 2012-16

Decreasing
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Health
People Without Health Insurance
9%
in 2015

Decreasing
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EXPLORE MAP DATA
Get Location-Based Insight
Maps provide us with a different view of data - showing us how social and economic conditions are impacting different parts of our state. Poverty, income, education levels, home values and housing affordability are examples of Berks County visualizations available in our mapping section.

BERKS VITAL SIGNS OVERVIEW

  • Berks County bright spots include increasing jobs and salaries.
  • There are growing numbers of younger residents, as well as ethnic and racial minorities.
  • But median income in the county has fallen more sharply since 2000 than in the state or nation.
  • Rent is taking up an increasing share of renters’ income


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WHAT'S NEW

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