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 25,337 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 90.82% 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 (15.86%), office and administrative support (10.10%), and business and financial occupations (9.90%).

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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Reading is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the 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.

In Reading, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.17 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, Reading 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 Reading 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 Reading. 61.96% 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 Reading in 2018 was $50,721, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $202,884 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.