Reading, PA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2020-03-08
Reading's Overall Cost Of Living
Lower Than The National Average
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Reading is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Reading, PA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Reading has an overall cost of living index of 81 which is 0.8x lower than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Pennsylvania, Reading has a cost of living index that's 0.8x lower than Pennsylvania's index of 99.

The standard of living in Reading ranks as #305 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in Pennsylvania. By definition, that implies Reading ranks as the #6102 most expensive place in the Keystone State.

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Reading Cost Of Living Vs. Pennsylvania

Living Expense Reading Pennsylvania National Average
Overall 81 99 100
Services 90 98 100
Groceries 91 103 100
Health 90 94 100
Housing 50 91 100
Transportation 103 109 100
Utilities 109 111 100
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Reading, PA Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Pennsylvania, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

Median Home Value
Median Rent
Median Income
Statistic Reading Pennsylvania United States
Median Home Value $70,800 $174,100 $204,900
Median Rent $797 $915 $1,023
Median Income $30,087 $59,445 $60,293
Home Value To Income 2.4x 2.9x 3.4x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.32x 0.18x 0.2x

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around Reading

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Reading
Ephrata, PA 13,802 92 1.1x
Wyomissing, PA 10,452 103 1.3x
Sanatoga, PA 8,564 95 1.2x
Blandon, PA 7,837 98 1.2x
New Holland, PA 5,455 97 1.2x
Shillington, PA 5,300 90 1.1x
Birdsboro, PA 5,139 93 1.1x

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