Considering that I was not raised here since birth, unlike so much of the town, I believe I have a good comparison of Wyomissing and a "normal town." Some people are right on here, others are way off.
First, this is an actual statistic taken from the school's annual report card that they submit to the government and the public, 92% of the students here are white. 4% are black, 3% are hispanic, and 1% other. NINETY-TWO PERCENT!!! Literally, this town is pretty much all white. Hence, you cannot blame the town's downfalls on the West Reading population, it would be frivolous since most of the town is white rich kid.
Secondly, YES this town is infested with wealthy people. This town spawned Taylor Swift, the country star (who, to the town's humor, has announced that she was raised on a farm in Wyomissing, and there is no farms in Wyomissing). If you gone two blocks down Wyo and haven't spotted a rich girlie with oversize sunglasses, bleached hair, clutching a cell phone that was over $300, blasting whatever tops MTV's hit list with their iPod at the time in Daddy's convertible, then you may just have walked out of Wyomissing. (By the way, NEVER walk in Wyomissing, everyone will stare you down with a look on their face going 'Why are they walking????') And yes, it is true that most of these chicks wear Lacoste polos and carry their schoolbinders in oversized Coach or Vera Bradley bags. Shopping sprees every other weekend at King of Prussia mall! Because clothes isn't reusable, except flip flops and Uggs (which you need in every color available). Somehow, they manage the miracle of acing all the AP classes possible and having a 5.2 GPA (on a scale of 4) while still being inconcievably dim-witted. Maybe it helps to be "extra close" to your math teacher or cyber with your band director, who is dumb enough to save all the e-mails on his school pc.
More recently, a small percentage of the younger girlies who live in big houses and have easy carefree lives have decided to become emo, doll up in AFI merchandise and cry about how miserable they really are "on the inside" and how hardcore their favorite bands are (MCR, Fallout Boy etc...)
The slang. These kids HARDLY deserve the right to utlize the term "ghetto" under any circumstance, because they have no idea what ghetto is. However, the trend continues.
Athletics. Wyomissing can do track and tennis, that's about it. Sometimes they can do football. The soccer team SUCKS. Wilson always kills them.
By the way, Wyomissing does NOT have a water polo team.
Drug usage and alcoholism in Wyomissing: yes. Not too much drug usage in females, however males engage in overpriced marijuana and cocaine/confectioner's sugar mixtures. Alcoholism is a yes for both genders.
In conclusion, this town is absolutely ridiculous, a seemingly fictional town from a cheesy teenie bopper book about preppy girls.
Wyomissing girl: What are you wearing?
Non-Wyomissing girl: This yellow sweater I bought from Abercrombie & Fitch last night.
Wyomissing girl: Yellow? Is that anything like Caribbean Sunrise?
Wyomissing is one of the top ranked public schools in United States, let alone Pa. Anyone talking shit against Wyo is either jealous or has no idea what the hell they are talking about. Yes there is old money here, and sometimes that's sickening to deal with, but for the most part it is hard working parents who want to see the very best for their kids. I grew up in a humble part of Berks and moved to Wyo years later...so I know both sides of the tracks.
The Sports teams are well coached and the coaches themselves are very well respected. For such a small enrollment, they make the most of their talent. I am proud of the Spartans and their commitment to winning.
Now, for the downside of all this great education..
The school taxes here are out of control and the Superintendent is the biggest bitch in the East.
After everything is said and done, Wyomissing has a great tradition of being an all around great school for kids.
As someone who lives in the heart of Wyomissing I am really surprised by all the comments on this board. Wyomissing is not just for wealthy people. There are plenty of houses that are not mansions. There are semis, townhomes, and condos as well. No one in my neighborhood or any of the blocks around us drive a BMW or Mercedes. They are just regular hard working people. These posts all sound like they are made from the same teenagers. It is sad that is the image that they are portraying about this adorable suburb. The houses are old and charming and there is a gorgeous park system.
Wyomissing is a beautiful area to live in.
As an honors student and resident of West Reading, I was definitely interested in reading your twisted thoughts of the city I have lived in for the majority of my life. I always find it entertaining when I hear people talk about how they cannot walk through West Reading without getting shot. That's bull shit. I am not an illegal immigrant. I have not grown up in broken family. Just because I have not grown up in a family of doctors or lawyers does not mean that I am a worthless idiot nor do I feel at all inferior to my rich Wyomissing peers. In fact, in at least one respect, I feel that I am ahead of them, by which I mean some, including the writer of this wonderful definition, and not all, since I do not stereotype like others. I feel that I am ahead because I do not make such ignorant statements like the writer of this entry does. Have you ever lived in West Reading? Do you have any first-hand experience in the city whatsoever? If the answers to these questions are no, then you have no right to be making such statements.
In case you are thinking that I may be one exception of someone who does not live in Wyomissing but is not like other West Reading residents, I know many other people in West Reading who are in honors classes and go against your definition of a West Reading citizen as well.
A typical middle class town in southeastern PA. Because someone from a surrounding town got the wrong idea when they saw one of the very few mansions in town, they seem to have gotten the idea that everyone here is rich, snobby, overconfident, and/or over medicated. Not even close to the truth. Turns out, these kids have to babysit and shovel walkways like the rest of you to make their spending money. While most are 'comfortable' (not living paycheck to paycheck or in boxes on street corners), nobody is living in the OC, buddy. Also, its not fair to assume that people living in West Reading are illegal immigrants. It makes you sound like a douche.
'Oh you're from Wyomissing? You must have some good coke connections!'
'Nope, closest I ever got to blow was watching Johnny Depp.'
Wyomissing. Where to begin. Wyomissing is an upper class city outside of Reading PA. Everyone thinks we're preppy jerks. That is, for the most part, true. But people highly over exaggerate the attitude of the general populous of Wyomissing.
I live in this city. Always have. Does my family own any BMWs, Mercs, or Lexuses? No. Does a large chunk of Wyo? Yes. But can't judge a city till you've met everyone.
Where I live Bitch!!!! Wyomissing!
aka as wyo
1. filthy rich town outside of reading. pa
2. a pile of crap
3. a high school full of rich spoiled rotten pricks with spiked hair that buy all their clothes at the Hollister store and drive their mommy and daddy's bmw/lexus/benz to school.
Hey, watch out! don't step on the stinking pile of wyo over there that just came out of a dogs ass.
Q: Hey, did you see that spoiled rotten kid over there drivin his moms lexus at the Hollister store?
A: Yeah, he is from Wyomissing - go figure
Haha!! Wyomissing got their asses handed to them in that soccer game!
wow just for the record, everyone has definately blown it out of proportion. Although I don't like where I live, you've got a lot of it wrong. First of all, we don't have a water polo team, therefore, not every person in wyo plays that sport. Nobody goes to the f***ing starbucks...hard bean is where it's at and people from other schools hang out there too. Obviously, you are confusing the majority with the minority because not every single person goes to a party every night to get high and wasted. As much as you don't want to believe it, some of us are human beings and we go to movies and coffee shops to JUST TALK. Fyi, not all of us are the geniuses that you think we are. I know a good number of rich whores that can't tell left from right. We are good at sports and there are quite a few rich people that happen to get everything they want, but again, that is NOT everyone. You may see this as a crusade for wyomissing and it's defense, but you are wrong. It is merely a clarifying gesture so that if you decide to criticize wyomissing, you should make sure you get it right and know exactly what the hell you are talking about.
Person A: Oh, I want a new car!
Person A's parent: Anything you want pumpkin so that you can run our family into the ground in debt and disgrace. After all, we live in Wyomissing and we are all so perfect!