Reading, Michigan

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Reading, Michigan

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High Points

Reading strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Michigan):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 6% Reading Affordability of Property Taxes
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Reading Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Reading, Michigan

Comparing Reading to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Michigan (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 9
Male Share of the Population 7 8
Well-Paid Single Men 5 3
Female Share of the Population 4 3
Racial Diversity 3 2
Senior Citizens 2 2
Age of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 9 10
Portion of People Married 5 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 6 4
People in Middle Class or Better 6 5
People Above Poverty 5 4
College Educated Adults 2 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 9
Short Commute Times 8 8
Working at Home 6 6
Public Transportation Use 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 3
Affordability of Rents 5 7
People Living Alone 5 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 2
Housing Recently Built 1 1

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Reading Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 40 miles SE of Battle Creek, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 62 miles W of Toledo, Ohio
County Hillsdale
Standard Zip Codes 49274
Phone Area Codes 517
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.839
Longitude -84.748

Reading Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 60 F
Annual Precip 37.6 inches
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.6 inches
Distance 27.3 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.4 inches
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Reading Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,134 100%
Male 553 48.8%
Female 581 51.2%
Under 18 390 34.4%
18+ 744 65.6%
65+ 118 10.4%
Median Age 29.6
Average Family Size 3.25
White 1,116 98.4%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 2 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0.7%
Other 2 0.2%
Mixed Race 6 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 15 1.3%

Estimated Reading Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,104
Growth -30
Growth % -2.6%

Reading Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 35%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.1%
English 11.4%
US/American 10.7%
Irish 8.9%
French (except Basque) 6.4%
Dutch 4.1%
Italian 1.6%
Scottish 1.3%
Polish 1.3%
French Canadian 1%
Finnish 1%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Hungarian 0.8%
Welsh 0.7%
Greek 0.6%
Nigerian 0.4%
African 0.3%
Swedish 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
Brazilian 0.3%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Reading 1,134 $42,000
Allen 225 $45,417
Camden 550 $36,429
Hillsdale 8,233 $42,649
Jonesville 2,337 $41,813
Montgomery 386 $42,500
Quincy 1,701 $38,839

Reading Public Libraries

Reading Community Library
104 N. MAIN ST
Reading, Michigan
(517) 283-3916

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Reading High Schools (2004)

Serves 452 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

Reading Colleges

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