Greater Reading Area (Reading, Pennsylvania, and its outlying suburbs)
generally refers to the whole of Berks
County (with an estimated population of 391,640 in 2004)
and southern Schuylkill County.
While the land area of Reading itself is 10 square miles
(26 km²), the land area of Berks County is 435 square miles
(1,127 km²). Some of the more immediate suburbs of Reading
are the boroughs of West Reading, Wyomissing, Shillington, Sinking Spring, Mt.
Lawrence, Laureldale, and Mohnton and the
townships of Spring, Cumru, Muhlenberg, Bern, and Lower Alsace. Reading Regional Airport (Gen.
Carl A. Spaatz Field) is
located in Bern Township and is home to the Mid-Atlantic
Sitting just to the north of Reading is the former site of the
. This plant opened in
1962 by Western Electric
and had a
peak employment of 4,900 in 1984. After being taken over by
in 1996 and
in 2000, the Reading Works
became the Greater Reading Expo
Center in 2006.