Berks Vital Signs is an initiative of the Berks Community Foundation and Alvernia University . It is aimed at deepening our knowledge and understanding of our County. The data and analysis will serve as a common source of information on critical topics that affect the health and progress of Berks County and inform community stakeholders, spur discussion and collaboration, and monitor our quality of life.
Community indicators are measurements of social, environmental and economic factors that affect quality of life. In a community indicator project, these factors are gathered and analyzed over time to monitor the community’s well-being and whether it’s improving, declining, or staying the same. These metrics help us decide how to focus our resources to improve our community, and then to monitor the impact of our collective efforts.
Our overview report will be updated annually, and the online data will be updated more frequently to allow for continual monitoring of the community’s evolving needs.
Using this data, the Berks Community Foundation will help the community create a shared vision for Berks future and build a data-driven civic agenda to realize that vision. The Berks Community Foundation will then facilitate partnerships and strategic initiatives that help align the community’s resources to support the agenda.
This project includes data for Berks County, six surrounding counties (Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery and Schuylkill), the state of Pennsylvania, the nation and local areas within Berks County, broken into five regions and Reading City. The internal county regions are made up of boroughs and townships within Berks County. The internal regions are Central (five boroughs and townships including Reading City), Northeast (18 boroughs and townships), South (12 boroughs and townships), Southeast (13 boroughs and townships) and West (25 boroughs and townships).
Berks County Regions
|Laureldale borough||Albany township||Brecknock township||Amity township||Bern township|
|Lower Alsace township||Alsace township||Cumru township||Bally borough||Bernville borough|
|Mount Penn borough||District township||Exeter township||Bechtelsville borough||Bethel township|
|Muhlenberg township||Fleetwood borough||Kenhorst borough||Birdsboro borough||Centerport borough|
|Reading city||Greenwich township||Lower Heidelberg township||Boyertown borough||Centre township|
|Hereford township||Mohnton borough||Caernarvon township||Hamburg borough|
|Kutztown borough||St. Lawrence borough||Colebrookdale township||Heidelberg township|
|Lenhartsville borough||Shillington borough||Douglass township||Jefferson township|
|Longswamp township||Sinking Spring borough||Earl township||Leesport borough|
|Lyons borough||Spring township||New Morgan borough||Marion township|
|Maidencreek township||West Reading borough||Robeson township||North Heidelberg township|
|Maxatawny township||Wyomissing borough||Union township||Ontelaunee township|
|Oley township||Washington township||Penn township|
|Pike township||Perry township|
|Richmond township||Robesonia borough|
|Rockland township||Shoemakersville borough|
|Ruscombmanor township||South Heidelberg township|
|Topton borough||Strausstown borough|
|Upper Bern township|
|Upper Tulpehocken township|
Berks Vital Signs was developed with assistance from the Center for Governmental Research (CGR), based in Rochester, New York. CGR is a nonprofit research and consulting firm that has created several community indicator projects in New York State, Tennessee, Florida, and other locations.