Financial Self-Sufficiency
Median Household Income

Median Household Income

What does this measure?

Median household income, in 2016 dollars. Half of incomes are below the median and half are above.

Why is this important?

Median household income is a gauge of the overall economic health of the region and the financial resources of its residents.

How is our county performing?

In 2012-16, the median household income in Berks County was $57,000, slightly higher than the state, at $55,000, and the U.S., at $55,300. The county's median income declined 11% since 2000 (after inflation), a larger drop than both the state and national levels, which experienced 5% and 9% declines over the same period, respectively. Median income was lowest in the Central region of the county, at $34,700. The Central region also experienced the largest decline since 2000, at 22%. All other parts of the county had much higher median incomes, ranging from $63,000 in the western part of the county to $72,800 in the Southeast. In the City of Reading, the median income in 2012-16 was $27,200, a 29% decline since 2000.

Median household income in 2012-16 was significantly higher than Berks in Chester, at $89,000, and Montgomery, at $81,900. Income was similar to Berks in Lancaster ($59,200), Lebanon ($56,200) and Lehigh ($57,700). Only Schuylkill's median income was lower than Berks', at $46,600. Lancaster had a decline in median income that was similar to Berks, down by 10%, while other counties had smaller decreases that ranged from 1% to 8%.

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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Figures are in constant 2016 dollars. The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined 5 years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. Data for this indicator are released annually in December.

Median Household Income
United States$60,497$56,296$55,322
Berks County$64,416$58,495$57,068
Berks County Regions
Reading city$38,462$29,253$27,247
Berks County Peers
Chester County$94,065$92,043$88,995
Lancaster County$65,558$59,555$59,237
Lebanon County$58,832$57,056$56,191
Lehigh County$62,593$57,950$57,685
Montgomery County$87,631$83,701$81,902
Schuylkill County$47,107$47,107$46,573

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.

Early Prenatal Care Increasing
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Children Living in Poverty Increasing
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Single-Parent Families Increasing
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Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
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Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population Ratio Decreasing
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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
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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