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 25,400 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". 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.

One downside of living in Reading is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Reading, the average commute to work is 33.17 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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.

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.