538: One Pennsylvania County Sees The Future, And Not Everyone Likes It

2016, Featured County, Pennsylvania

FiveThirtyEight has an indepth feature on Berks County, Pennsylvania, which is a majority minority county.


By 2044, the U.S. will be a majority minority nation. By 2060, 29 percent of the country will be Latino. This coming demographic shift has been the subject of much hand-wringing and “big thinking” in recent years, but for the city of Reading, Pennsylvania, those numbers are already a reality. Nestled in the center of Berks County, Reading had a Latino population of 60 percent in 2014, up from 37 percent in 2000. It is a city living, at least demographically, in the future.