North Andover, MA
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Living in North Andover


North Andover is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 31,188 people and six constituent neighborhoods, North Andover is the 63rd largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in North Andover are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.

North Andover is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.86% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, North Andover is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in North Andover who work in management occupations (14.86%), office and administrative support (9.91%), and sales jobs (9.70%).

Also of interest is that North Andover has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in North Andover telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.27% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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, North 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, North Andover really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is North 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.

In North Andover, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.26 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, North 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 North 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 North Andover. 59.71% 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 North Andover in 2018 was $54,939, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $219,756 for a family of four.

North Andover is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call North Andover home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of North Andover residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in North Andover include Irish, Italian, English, German, and French Canadian.

The most common language spoken in North Andover is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.