Pockets of low-income residents increasing in suburban Berks County (6/12/19)
Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Pockets of low-income and impoverished residents are increasing in suburban Berks County as a "new white flight" takes place, according to data in a new study by the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Public Source produced a story about this issue here.

To access the data used in the story, click here  or on the map below.

Examples of what the data shows in Berks:

  • The percent of low-income residents in the area between Womelsdorf and Robesonia changed from 17.5 to 31.8 between 2000 and 2016. During that period, these were the changes in these subgroups of residents there:
    Asian: +176
    Black: +124
    Hispanic: +291
    White: -477
  • The percent of low-income residents in the West Wyomissing/Lincoln Park area changed from 12.9 to 21.3 between 2000 and 2016. During that period, these were the changes in these subgroups of residents there:
    Asian: +21
    Black: +17
    Hispanic: +62
    White: -233
  • The percent of low-income residents in the Berkshire Heights area changed from 25.3 to 32.7 between 2000 and 2016. During that period, these were the changes in these subgroups of residents there:
    Asian: +59
    Black: +5
    Hispanic: +149
    White: -795
  • The percent of low-income residents in the West Reading area changed from 21.5 to 37.7 between 2000 and 2016. During that period, these were the changes in these subgroups of residents there:
    Asian: +1
    Black: +61
    Hispanic: +681
    White: -663

Meanwhile, some areas at the edges of Berks County are seeing a decline in the percentage of low-income residents. For instance, the area south and west of Morgantown went from 26.4 percent of its residents being low income in 2000 to 15.6 percent in 2016.