Reading, MA
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Reading is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 25,704 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 89.02% 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 (14.04%), office and administrative support (12.66%), and sales jobs (8.45%).

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 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, Reading really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is 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.

In Reading, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.78 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.

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. 58.76% 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 $47,981, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $191,924 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 Italian, English, German, and French Canadian.

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