West Reading, Pennsylvania

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West Reading is a borough in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,049 at the 2000 census. It contains a vibrant main street (Penn Avenue) and the large Reading Hospital and Medical Center. It is also the site of the VF Outlet Village, one of the largest outlet malls in the United States. The VF Outlet Village is located in the buildings of the former Berkshire Knitting Mills, which was in operation from 1908-1975.[1]



West Reading is located at 40°20′3″N 75°56′48″W / 40.33417°N 75.94667°W / 40.33417; -75.94667 (40.334083, -75.946597).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,049 people, 1,666 households, and 862 families residing in the borough. The population density was 7,079.6 people per square mile (2,742.7/km²). There were 1,783 housing units at an average density of 3,117.5/sq mi (1,207.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 89.33% White, 4.03% African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.53% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.41% from other races, and 1.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.78% of the population.

There were 1,666 households out of which 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.0% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.2% were non-families. 39.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.84.

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