Andover is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 36,403 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 92.60% 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 (17.40%), sales jobs (9.22%), and teaching (9.20%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.91% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
Andover is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Andover’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
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 32.23 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.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Andover is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Andover area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Andover. 73.86% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Andover in 2010 was $66,268, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $265,072 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 Irish, Italian, English, German, and Polish.
In addition, Andover has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.08%).
The most common language spoken in Andover is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Langs. of India.