Demographics
Population Proportions by Age and Race/Ethnicity, 2016, 2012-16





Population Proportions by Age and Race/Ethnicity, 2016, 2012-16

What does this measure?

The share of each racial or ethnic group in selected age brackets.

Why is this important?

Population measures provide insight on how communities are changing in size and composition. The racial and ethnic makeup of a community can offer insight into its levels of diversity, which also may reflect particular challenges and opportunities. The distribution of population among ages affects a community's character and the services that it requires.

How is our county performing?

In 2012-2016 in Berks County, the white population was older than the Hispanic, African American and Asian populations. While 45% of Hispanics, 47% of African Americans were under age 25, only 41% of whites and Asians were. Conversely, 18% of whites were over age 65, compared to 4% of Hispanics, 8% of African Americans and 10% of Asians.

A larger share of Hispanics, African Americans and Asians fell in the "under 25" age bracket in Berks County than in Pennsylvania and the U.S. as a whole. The percentage of whites under 25 in Berks was similar to the state and nation.

Berks had a similar share of whites under age 25 as most of its neighboring counties (which varied from 39% to 42%). The percentage of African Americans under 25 was higher in Berks than all its neighboring counties except for Chester (47%).

Berks had a similar share of whites under age 25 (41%) as most of its neighboring counties (which varied from 39% to 42%). The percentage of African Americans under 25 was higher in Berks than all its neighboring counties except for Lancaster (46%).

Notes about the data

For additional detail as to how the Berks County regions are defined and which boroughs and townships are included in each, see the About Us page.

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The rate is a percent of the total of each racial/ethnic group. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). As a result, the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.


Population Proportions by Age and Race/Ethnicity, 2016, 2012-16
AsianBlack or African/AmericanHispanicWhite
United States39%44%43%41%
Pennsylvania39%44%44%41%
Berks County41%47%45%******41%
Berks County Regions
Central42%**46%46%42%
Northeast74%******72%**47%**45%
South39%**42%43%40%
Southeast43%******44%****48%****40%
West32%******43%****45%40%
Reading city46%**45%46%43%
Berks County Peers
Chester County35%47%42%******42%
Lancaster County42%45%45%******41%
Lebanon County41%**42%46%******41%
Lehigh County37%42%45%******41%
Montgomery County37%43%41%******40%
Schuylkill County42%**22%39%******39%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Rate is percent of the total of each racial/ethnic group. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added to




Total Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity, 2016, 2012-16
AsianBlack or African/AmericanHispanicWhite
United States6,524,61717,670,83223,486,49995,332,049
Pennsylvania157,995627,172370,1474,237,757
Berks County2,3709,33835,276******142,972
Berks County Regions
Central520**5,28328,15731,127
Northeast276******1,086**1,270**27,498
South1,043**1,8013,72039,505
Southeast264******579****573****20,509
West267******589****1,55624,329
Reading city323**4,54025,33520,671
Berks County Peers
Chester County8,26213,91715,215******185,914
Lancaster County4,6229,91423,432******194,682
Lebanon County673**1,1937,314******48,971
Lehigh County4,31610,19834,852******115,117
Montgomery County21,75230,82515,681******264,206
Schuylkill County313**8882,060******53,589

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population Ratio Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Increasing
Local Government Spending Increasing
County Government Spending Decreasing
School District Spending Increasing
Quality Early Childhood Centers Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on High School Reading Increasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage by Household Type Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Health Status Decreasing
Managed Medicaid Enrollment Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Adults Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Children Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Youth Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Vacant Housing Units Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Maintaining
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Increasing
Tourism Spending Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income Increasing
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing