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"The Outlet Capital of the World"

The Pennsylvania state capital is Harrisburg.

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19601, 19602, 19604, 19605, 19611

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Statistics & Facts

The population of Reading is approximately 78,380 (1990), 88082 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 34,276 (1990), 29979 (2010).

The amount of land area in Reading is 25.341 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.742 sq kilometers.
The distance from Reading to Washington DC is 115 miles. The distance to the Pennsylvania state capital is 50 miles. (as the crow flies)
Reading is positioned 40.33 degrees north of the equator and 75.92 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Reading elevation is 349 feet above sea level.
Reading per capita income is $10,372.
Reading median income is $25,890.

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Reading location: in southeastern Pennsylvania, about 50 miles from Philadelphia.

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Climate & Weather

The weather in Reading is seasonal. Here is a current weather page for Reading
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History & History Related Items

Reading history:

Reading has long been known as the unofficial capital of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. It is famous for its wonderful pretzels! The original purchaser of the land where Reading sits was William Penn. He had his two sons settle on the land. The named it Reading for their home in England.
The founding of Reading: 1748
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Reading attractions:

Reading is known as the Outlet Capital of the World. It has more than 300 factory outlet stores.

Pagoda-Reading has several story bright red and yellow pagoda built atop Mount Penn that can be seen throughout all of city. In the early 1900's the area was mined. After citizens complained about the eyesore left behind, the landowner erected a Pagoda atop the eye sore.

The city also has a Historical Society with a grand collection of county history artifacts.

The main street through Reading(5th Street) was renamed 5th Avenue after the famous candy bar which was first made at Luden's Candy Factory (now owned by Hershey's, a Reading institution for over a hundred years.

The Daniel Boone Homestead
The site of the birth of the great American frontiersman in 1734. This site is only 8 miles east of Reading.
500 Daniel Boone Rd.
Birdsboro, PA 19508
Phone: 610-582-4900

Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery

The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum
11 Museum Drive
Reading, Pennsylvania 19605
Phone: (610) 372-7333

1998 - 250th Birthday Celebration for Reading.

Information about Reading

Reading Phillies Baseball Club
Reading Municipal Stadium
P.O. Box 15050
Reading, PA 19612-5050
Phone: (610) 375-8469
FAX: (610)373-5868
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Reading & Berks County Visitors Center
Call us toll-free at: 1-800-443-6610 - on-line information for Berks County, PA

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