About us

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

Central Northeast South Southeast West
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
        Tilden township
        Tulpehocken township
        Upper Bern township
        Upper Tulpehocken township
        Wernersville borough
        Windsor township
        Womelsdorf borough

 

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.