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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.30% 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.
Because of many things, Andover is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Andover a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Andover has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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 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.
If knowledge is power, Andover is a pretty powerful place. 73.26% 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 $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.