Andover is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 35,937 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 93.07% 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 (19.37%), teaching (10.30%), and sales jobs (9.21%).
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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.25% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 is lower than average for the country.
In Andover, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.96 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
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.
If knowledge is power, Andover is a pretty powerful place. 73.66% of the adults in Andover have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Andover in 2010 was $63,468, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $253,872 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 (15.88%).
The most common language spoken in Andover is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Langs. of India.