The median home value divided by the median household income, adjusted for inflation.
The ratio provides a rough estimate of the affordability of homes in a community. A ratio less than 2 or 3 is generally considered affordable.
In 2013-17, homes in Berks County were generally affordable, with an affordability ratio of 2.9. This was similar to Pennsylvania and slightly more affordable than the U.S., at 3.4. However, home affordability in Berks County declined since 2000, when its ratio was 2.3. The state and nation experienced similar changes during this period.
Homes were most affordable in the Central and South (both at 2.6) regions of the county, compared to the Northeast and Southeast (both at 2.7) and West (2.8). Since 2000, affordability declined a bit in all regions of the County. The largest declines occurred in the Central and West regions (both up 0.6 points). The City of Reading's affordability ratio was 2.4, up from 1.7 in 2000.
In 2013-17, homes in Berks County were more affordable than in Chester County (3.7), Montgomery (3.5), Lehigh (3.3) and Lancaster (3.1). Lebanon was similar to Berks. Schuylkill (2.0) was more affordable than Berks County.
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.
Multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. 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.
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