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DP-2. Profile of Selected Social Characteristics: 2000
Geographic Area: Berks County
[Data based on a sample. For information on confidentiality protection, sampling error, nonsampling error, and definitions, see text]

Subject Number Percent Subject Number Percent

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT       NATIVITY AND PLACE OF BIRTH    
     Population 3 years and over            Total poplulation 373,638 100.0
      enrolled in school 94,301 100.0   Native 357,606 95.7
Nursery school, preschool 6,397 6.8       Born in United States 345,712 92.5
Kindergarten 5,186 5.5           State of residence 297,579 79.6
Elementary school (grades 1-8) 43,905 46.6           Different state 48,133 12.9
High school (grades 9-12) 20,628 21.9       Born outside United States 11,894 3.2
College or graduate school 18,185 19.3   Foreign born 16,032 4.3
                Entered 1990 to March 2000 6,853 1.8
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT           Naturalized citizen 7,116 1.9
  Population 25 years and over 248,864 100.0       Not a citizen 8,916 2.4
Less than 9th grade 19,103 7.7        
9th to 12th grade, no diploma 35,548 14.3   REGION OF BIRTH OF FOREIGN BORN    
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 97,979 39.4     Total (excluding born at sea) 16,032 100.0
Some college, no degree 36,048 14.5   Europe 4,628 28.9
Associate degree 14,175 5.7   Asia 2,927 18.3
Bachelor's degree 29,954 12.0   Africa 566 3.5
Graduate or professional degree 16,057 6.5   Oceania 109 0.7
        Latin America 7,358 45.9
Percent high school graduate or higher 78.0 (X)   Northern America 444 2.8
Percent bachelor's degree or higher 18.5 (X)        
        LANGUAGE SPOKEN AT HOME    
MARITAL STATUS                 Population 5 years and over 350,815 100.0
          Population 15 years and over 297,036 100.0   English only 306,373 87.3
Never married 73,561 24.8   Language other than English 44,442 12.7
Now married, except separated 170,282 57.3           Speak English less than '"very well"' 17,666 5.0
Separated 5,974 2.0   Spanish 28,387 8.1
Widowed 21,892 7.4           Speak English less than '"very well"' 12,729 3.6
 Female 17,070 5.7   Other Indo-European languages 13,117 3.7
Divorced 25,327 8.5           Speak English less than '"very well"' 3,495 1.0
 Female 14,339 4.8   Asian and Pacific Island languages 2,437 0.7
                Speak English less than '"very well"' 1,300 0.4
GRANDPARENTS AS CAREGIVERS            
          Grandparent living in household       ANCESTRY (single and multiple)    
           with one or more own grandchildren                 Total population 373,638 100.0
           under 18 years 5,823 100.0     Total ancestries reported 403,270 107.9
Grandparent responsible for grandchildren 2,378 40.8   Arab 538 0.1
        Czech¹ 1,610 0.4
VETERAN STATUS       Danish 530 0.1
          Civilian population 18 years and over 281,466 100.0   Dutch 11,502 3.1
Civilian veterans 37,758 13.4   English 22,383 6.0
        French (except Basque)¹ 7,018 1.9
DISABILITY STATUS OF THE CIVILIAN       French Canadian¹ 1,027 0.3
 NONINSTITUTIONALIZED POPULATION       German 132,410 35.4
     Population 5 to 20 years 84,311 100.0   Greek 2,175 0.6
With a disability 6,177 7.3   Hungarian 2,288 0.6
     Population 21 to 64 years 208,218 100.0   Irish¹ 38,525 10.3
With a disability 33,618 16.1   Italian 32,916 8.8
 Percent employed 59.5 (X)   Lithuanian 1,758 0.5
No disability 174,600 83.9   Norwegian 1,036 0.3
 Percent employed 80.9 (X)   Polish 23,681 6.3
     Population 65 years and over 53,235 100.0   Portuguese 318 0.1
With a disability 20,654 38.8   Russian 2,547 0.7
        Scotch-Irish 3,337 0.9
        Scottish 4,257 1.1
RESIDENCE IN 1995       Slovak 3,771 1.0
  Population 5 years and over 350,815 100.0   Subsaharan African 975 0.3
Same house in 1995 214,212 61.1   Swedish 1,987 0.5
Different house in the U.S. in 1995 130,424 37.2   Swiss 3,102 0.8
 Same county 85,676 24.4   Ukrainian 2,981 0.8
 Different county 44,748 12.8   United States or American 20,872 5.6
  Same state 27,807 7.9   Welsh 5,977 1.6
  Different state 16,941 4.8   West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) 795 0.2
Elsewhere in 1995 6,179 1.8   Other ancestries 72,954 19.5
 
Date: July 7, 2006
 
-Represent zero or rounds to zero.    (X) Not applicable.
¹ The data represent a combination of two ancestries shown separately in Summary File 3. Czech includes Czechoslovakian. French includes Alsatian. French Canadian includes Acadian/Cajun. Irish includes Celtic.
Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Census 2000.

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