Financial Self-Sufficiency
Median Household Income

Median Household Income

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What does this measure?

Median household income, in 2019 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 2015-19, the median household income in Berks County was $63,700, higher than the state, at $61,700, and the U.S., at $62,800. The county's median income declined 7% since 2000 (after inflation), a larger drop than both the state and national levels, which experienced 0% and 2% declines over the same period, respectively. Median income was lowest in the Central region of the county, at $40,500. The Central region also experienced the largest decline since 2000, at 14%. All other parts of the county had much higher median incomes, ranging from $68,600 in the western part of the county to $78,300 in the Southeast. In the City of Reading, the median income in 2015-19 was $32,200, a 21% decline since 2000.

Median household income in 2015-19 was significantly higher than Berks in Chester ($100,200) and Montgomery ($91,500) counties. Income was similar to Berks in Lancaster ($66,100), Lehigh ($63,900) and Lebanon ($60,300). Only Schuylkill's median income was significantly lower than Berks', at $52,300, an increase of 5% since 2000. All the neighboring counties except Schuylkill had smaller decreases in median household income than Berks, ranging from 0% to 5%.

Notes about the data

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Figures are in constant 2019 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$64,442$57,757$62,843
Berks County$68,616$60,258$63,728
Berks County Regions
Reading city$40,970$29,014$32,176
Berks County Peers
Chester County$100,199$92,974$100,214
Lancaster County$69,833$61,685$66,056
Lebanon County$62,668$60,663$60,281
Lehigh County$66,675$60,131$63,897
Montgomery County$93,345$86,314$91,546
Schuylkill County$50,178$48,618$52,280

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%.

Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in K-6 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
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 Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Maintaining
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households by type Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Seniors Living Alone Maintaining
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
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 County/Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Enrollment in Local Colleges Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income Increasing
Health Status Not Applicable
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent Increasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Toxic Chemical Releases Decreasing
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing