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 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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.30% 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.
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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.18 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
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. 73.26% 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 Irish, 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.