Andover, MA
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Andover is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 35,299 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 92.38% 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 (17.89%), sales jobs (10.76%), and teaching (10.55%).

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.

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.

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 30.52 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Andover use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Andover‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Andover. 70.48% 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 $54,191, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $216,764 for a family of four.

Andover is a somewhat 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 15.20% of the town’s population.

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