Andover, MA
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Andover is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 35,490 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Andover is the 47th largest community in Massachusetts.

Andover home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Andover real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Andover is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.52% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Andover is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Andover who work in management occupations (18.88%), teaching (10.41%), and sales jobs (8.86%).

Also of interest is that Andover has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Andover telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.30% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Andover is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Andover really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Andover perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Andover is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Andover, the average commute to work is 31.18 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Andover is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Andover, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Andover, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Andover is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 73.26% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Andover in 2010 was $59,241, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $236,964 for a family of four.

Andover is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Andover home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Andover residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Andover include Italian, English, German, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Andover's cultural character, accounting for 15.88% of the town’s population.

The most common language spoken in Andover is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.