Reading, MA
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Living in Reading


Reading is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 26,106 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Reading is the 74th largest community in Massachusetts.

Reading home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Reading real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Reading is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.77% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Reading is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Reading who work in management occupations (18.25%), office and administrative support (12.38%), and sales jobs (7.98%).

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

In addition, Reading is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, Reading is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Reading 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, Reading has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Reading’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 Reading, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.31 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.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Reading is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Reading, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Reading is a pretty powerful place. 62.03% of the adults in 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 Reading in 2010 was $51,615, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $206,460 for a family of four.

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

The most common language spoken in Reading is English. Other important languages spoken here include Langs. of India and Chinese.