Reading Overview

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The Big Picture

Reading is a large urban local authority located in the south-east of England. It has a population of approximately 163,000 people, making it one of the more densely populated local authorities in the UK. The housing in Reading is predominantly made up of terraced and semi-detached houses, with a smaller number of flats and apartments. The community in Reading is diverse and inclusive, with a range of community initiatives and festivals celebrating its multiculturalism, such as the Reading Carnival and the Reading Pride Festival. There is also a strong focus on local entertainment, with a number of popular music venues, theatres, and cinemas located within the local authority, including the Hexagon theatre and the Vue cinema. The local economy is particularly strong in Reading, with a number of notable employers such as Microsoft, Oracle, and PwC having offices in the area. Additionally, Reading is a hub for the UK’s digital economy, with the Thames Valley Science Park and Reading Enterprise Centre providing support for start-ups and small businesses in the tech industry.

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Reading Population

The population graphic above highlights changes in Reading’s population over time, while the diversity graphic compares local diversity to the national average, giving a snapshot of the area’s cultural makeup.

Reading Diversity

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