Financial Self-Sufficiency
Median Household Income by Household Type, 2013-17


Median Household Income by Household Type, 2013-17

What does this measure?

Median household income, in 2017 dollars, broken down by type of household. 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 residents. Incomes for particular household types also may indicate needs for social supports.

How is our county performing?

In 2013-17, median incomes in Berks County were lowest for households headed by single women with children, at $24,400. Incomes for households headed by single men with children were nearly twice as high, at $41,500. Married couple households had a median income of $79,700 without children and $90,400 with children. All groups experienced declines in income since 2000 (after inflation), except for married households with children which saw relatively no change in income since 2000. Berks was generally similar to Pennsylvania and the U.S., except that at the state level, both types of married households experienced increases in income since 2000. Additionally, the declines in income since 2000 for households headed by single women with children was much larger in Berks than for the state or nation.

In the City of Reading, incomes for all groups were lower than Berks County as a whole. Married couples with children had a lower median income ($38,100) than married couples without children ($51,200). All types of households had double-digit percentage decreases in income since 2000.

All household types in Chester and Montgomery counties had higher median incomes than the same groups in Berks. Compared to Berks County, surrounding counties had higher median incomes in households headed by single women with children except Schuylkill.

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.

Figures are in constant 2017 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. 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 3 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.

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Median Household Income by Household Type, 2013-17
Married with ChildrenMarried without ChildrenSingle Female with ChildrenSingle Male with Children
United States$89,710$79,416$25,596$40,198
Pennsylvania$95,278$78,106$25,754$41,570
Berks County$90,379$79,664$24,396$41,536
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city$38,086$51,211$15,001$32,937****
Berks County Peers
Chester County$137,549$114,953$38,266$61,268
Lancaster County$83,286$77,174$28,694$42,807
Lebanon County$79,399$75,273$27,862$37,186
Lehigh County$94,062$80,462$27,381$41,255
Montgomery County$127,708$107,099$40,814$54,705
Schuylkill County$76,912$65,107$23,989$44,586

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%.








Median Household Income by Household Type, 2000
Married with ChildrenMarried without ChildrenSingle Female with ChildrenSingle Male with Children
United States$85,661$80,162$29,222$43,085
Pennsylvania$86,678$74,885$28,215$42,635
Berks County$90,230$80,078$29,815$45,411
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city$58,911$59,178$22,049$32,678
Berks County Peers
Chester County$127,626$113,564$44,613$56,334
Lancaster County$85,043$80,327$30,795$45,920
Lebanon County$80,217$73,585$27,860$37,456
Lehigh County$92,600$80,358$29,608$44,194
Montgomery County$120,486$106,176$46,760$58,221
Schuylkill County$73,117$59,261$25,244$40,617

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%.








INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Maintaining
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
Employment to Population ratio Maintaining
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 Increasing
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Increasing
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Quality Early Childhood Centers Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 English Decreasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 English Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Decreasing
Student Performance on High School English Decreasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Maintaining
Living Wage Maintaining
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Increasing
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
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 Decreasing
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Maintaining
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing