North Reading, MA
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North Reading is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 15,636 people and two constituent neighborhoods, North Reading is the 129th largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in North Reading 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 Reading is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 89.81% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, North Reading is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in North Reading who work in management occupations (18.43%), office and administrative support (12.10%), and sales jobs (11.13%).

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

In addition, North Reading is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, North Reading 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 Reading really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is North Reading 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 North Reading, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.43 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.

In North Reading, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though North Reading is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, North Reading is a pretty powerful place. 50.84% of the adults in North Reading 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 North Reading in 2010 was $47,455, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $189,820 for a family of four.

The people who call North Reading home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of North Reading residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in North Reading include Italian, English, German, and French .

The most common language spoken in North Reading is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.

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