If you are thinking of moving to Reading or just want to know a what the area is like, the statistics on this page should give you a good introduction. They cover a range of socio-economic factors so you can compare Reading to figures for Berkshire and nationally. These statistics can tell you if Reading is an economically deprived area and how hard it might be to get a job.
Reading Education Statistics
These statistics are for the highest level education obtained by the residents of Reading and are from the UK Census of 2011. Reading has a lower level of residents with either no qualifications or qualifications equal to 1 or more GCSE at grade D or below, than the national average. Reading also has a high level of residents with a higher education qualification (level 4) than the national average, suggesting that the residents of Reading are better educated than the average England citizen.
Reading Social Grade & Occcupation Statistics
Social grade is a classification based on occupation and it enables a household and all its members to be classified according to the job of the main income earner. Reading has 20% more Higher and Intermediate managerial, administrative or professional households than the national average.
Reading Benefits & Unemployment Statistics
These figures on the claiming of benefits in Reading come from the Department for Work & Pensions and are dated . They are the last published indiciator of unemployment rates as a percentage of the population. After the introduction of Universal Credit, the government no longer publishes unemployment firgures as a percentage and has no further plans to do so. That being said, these census statistics can often be a good indicator of the prosperity of the town and how hard it could be to get employment in the area. The rate of claiming any benefit (which includes in work benefits) is more than 10% lower in Reading than the national average, suggesting higher salaries than the average in the area.
|Jobseekers Allowance (only)||2.7%||3.3%|
|Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)||2.1%||2.4%|
|Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)||11.1%||13.5%|
Source: English Indices of Deprivation 2019
Reading Property Ownership & Rental Statistics
Reading has a lower rate of home ownership (via a mortgage or owned outright) than the national average, which suggests that Reading is an economically deprived area.
|Social Rented (Council)||10.1%||9.4%|
|Social Rented (Housing Assoc)||6.2%||8.3%|
Reading Age Distribution Statistics
The population of Reading as a whole, is younger than the national average. The population of Reading is also older than the average, making Reading a older persons location.
|Age 0 to 4||7.7%||6.3%|
|Age 5 to 9||5.5%||5.6%|
|Age 10 to14||5.1%||5.8%|
|Age 15 to 17||3.2%||3.7%|
|Age 18 to 24||12.5%||9.4%|
|Age 25 to 29||9.7%||6.9%|
|Age 30 to 44||24.7%||20.6%|
|Age 45 to 59||16.1%||19.4%|
|Age 60 to 64||4.1%||6%|
|Age 65 to 74||5.8%||8.6%|
|Age 75 to 84||3.9%||5.5%|
|Age 85 and over||1.7%||2.3%|
Reading Immigration Statistics
These figures for Country of Birth for the residents of Reading are from the UK Census of 2011. Since Reading has a lower level of residents born in the UK than the national average and a higher rate of residents either born in other EU countries or outside the EU, it does have a significant immigrant population.
|Rebublic of Ireland||1.1%||0.7%|
|Other EU Countries||6.4%||3.7%|
|Outside the EU||17.3%||9.4%|
Reading General Health Statistics
The respondents of the 2011 Census were asked to rate their health. These are the results for Reading. The percentage of residents in Reading rating their health as 'very good' is more than the national average. Also the percentage of residents in Reading rating their health as 'very bad' is less than the national average, suggesting that the health of the residents of Reading is generally better than in the average person in England.
Sources: Office for National Statistics & Department for Work & Pensions.