Demographics
Population Proportions by Age and Race/Ethnicity, 2013-17





Population Proportions by Age and Race/Ethnicity, 2013-17

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 2013-17 in Berks County, the white population was older than the Hispanic, African American and Asian populations. The percentage under 25 was higher for Hispanics (45%) and African Americans (47%) compared to 41% of whites and 42% of Asians. Conversely, 19% 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 Reading (47%).

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.

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. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are released annually in December.


Population Proportions by Age and Race/Ethnicity, 2013-17
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Pennsylvania39%44%44%41%
Berks County42%47%45%41%
Berks County Regions
Central47%**47%45%42%
Northeast72%******71%**46%**45%
South38%**41%45%40%
Southeast41%******46%****49%****40%
West36%******44%****39%**40%
Reading city49%****47%46%43%
Berks County Peers
Chester County35%46%42%42%
Lancaster County42%44%45%41%
Lebanon County42%42%46%41%
Lehigh County37%43%44%41%
Montgomery County38%42%41%40%
Schuylkill County32%**17%**39%39%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: 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%.




Total Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity, 2013-17
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Pennsylvania164,155624,596382,4574,221,205
Berks County2,4389,95336,664141,628
Berks County Regions
Central504**5,89228,91230,195
Northeast268******1,036**1,222**27,673
South1,188**1,8224,45338,727
Southeast209******690****658****20,881
West269******513****1,427**24,262
Reading city225****5,00626,04020,065
Berks County Peers
Chester County8,77613,93115,684186,567
Lancaster County4,80310,10523,987195,047
Lebanon County7531,2677,73149,012
Lehigh County4,40210,60736,208116,473
Montgomery County22,83131,24116,201264,443
Schuylkill County226**702**2,18553,253

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: 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%.




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