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Reading

About Reading

88,102 in city
6,533,122 in metro
25 km² (10 mi²)
93.0345687866 m
Reading is an industrial, agricultural, and banking center and the seat of Berks County. It is located on the Schuykill River 65 miles (105 km) northwest of Philadelphia in the middle of Pennsylvania Dutch country. The city is known for its pretzels and candy, and is a popular destination for discount outlet shopping. Named for Reading, England (ancestral home of the Penn family), Reading was designed in 1748 under two sons of William Penn. With development of the Schuykill Canal and the Reading Railroad, it became a regional transportation center in the early 1800s. By the 20th Century it had gained considerable importance. Its population peaked in 1930 at 111,171. The lankmark Pagoda on Mount Penn overlooking the city is one of two authentic Japanese pagodas in the US.

Metro Cities

Abington Township, Alloway Township, Ambler, Ardmore, Audubon, Audubon Park, Bala Cynwyd, Barrington, Bass River Township, Bellmawr, Bensalem Township, Berlin, Berlin Township, Berwyn, Beverly, Blue Bell, Bordentown, Bordentown Township, Brandywine, Bridgeport, Bridgeton, Bristol, Brooklawn, Broomall, Bryn Mawr, Burlington, Burlington Township, Camden, Carneys Point Township, Chalfont, Cheltenham Township, Cherry Hill, Chesilhurst, Chester, Chesterbrook, Chesterfield Township, Cinnaminson Township, Claymont, Clayton, Clementon, Coatesville, Collingswood, Commercial Township, Conshohocken, Darby, Deerfield Township, Delanco Township, Delaware City, Delran Township, Deptford Township, Downe Township, Doylestown, East Greenwich Township, Eastampton Township, Eddystone, Edgewater Park Township, Elk Township, Elmer, Elsinboro Township, Essington, Evesham Township, Exton, Fairfield Township, Feasterville-Trevose, Fieldsboro, Florence Township, Flourtown, Fort Dix Military Reservation, Franklin Township, Gibbsboro, Glassboro, Gloucester City, Gloucester Township, Greenville, Greenwich Township, Greenwich Township, Haddon Heights, Haddon Township, Haddonfield, Harrison Township, Hatboro, Hatfield, Hatfield Township, Hi-Nella, Hopewell Township, Horsham Township, Huntingdon Valley, Jenkintown, Kennett Square, King of Prussia, Lafayette Hill, Langhorne, Lansdale, Laurel Springs, Lawnside, Lawrence Township, Levittown, Lima, Lindenwold, Logan Township, Lower Alloways Creek Township, Lumberton Township, Magnolia, Malvern, Mannington Township, Mansfield Township, Mantua Township, Maple Shade Township, Maurice River Township, Medford Lakes, Medford Township, Merchantville, Middletown, Millville, Monroe Township, Moorestown Township, Morrisville, Mount Ephraim, Mount Holly Township, Mount Laurel Township, National Park, New Castle, New Hanover Township, New Hope, Newark, Newfield, Newtown Square, Norristown, North Hanover Township, Oaklyn, Oaks, Oldmans Township, Oreland, Palmyra, Paulsboro, Pemberton, Pemberton Township, Penn Wynne, Penns Grove, Pennsauken Township, Pennsville Township, Philadelphia, Phoenixville, Pilesgrove Township, Pine Hill, Pine Valley, Pitman, Pittsgrove Township, Plymouth Meeting, Pottstown, Quinton Township, Radnor Township, Reading, Richboro, Riverside Township, Riverton, Runnemede, Salem, Shamong Township, Sharon Hill, Shillington, Shiloh, Skippack, Somerdale, South Harrison, Southampton, Southampton Township, Springfield, Springfield Township, Stow Creek Township, Stratford, Swarthmore, Swedesboro, Tabernacle Township, Tavistock, Telford, Tinicum Township, Upper Darby Township, Upper Deerfield Township, Upper Pittsgrove Township, Vineland, Voorhees Township, Warminster, Washington Crossing, Washington Township, Washington Township, Waterford Township, Wenonah, West Chester, West Conshohocken, West Deptford Township, West Reading, Westampton Township, Westville, Willingboro Township, Wilmington, Winslow Township, Woodbury, Woodbury Heights, Woodland Township, Woodlyn, Woodlynne, Woodstown, Woolwich Township, Wrightstown, Wyncote, Wyomissing, Yardley, Yeadon

No. of Buildings

No. Current status
55 All Buildings
48
existing
2
unbuilt
5
demolished

Tallest Buildings

# Building Height Year
1 Berks County Courthouse 275 ft 1932
2 Medical Arts Building 125 ft 1930
3 Reading Elderly Housing - 1965
4 Berks County Services Center - 1992
5 Wyndham Reading - 1929