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Overview

Introduction to Reading, Massachusetts

Reading, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 7 miles N of Malden, Massachusetts and 11 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the Boston metropolitan statistical area.

Reading History

The earliest settlers of this area landed in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1630s. The first settlement was named Lynn Village. It was incorporated as the Town of Reading in 1644. Its name was based upon the town of Reading in England.

Reading and nearby Attractions

  • Parker Tavern
  • St. Athanasius Parish
  • Burbank Arena skating rink
  • Hartshorne House
  • Hago Harringtons Miniature Golf
  • Flint Memorial Hall

Things To Do In Reading

Reading has many places of historical interest which are worth paying a visit to. Apart from that, there are several parks which have facilities for a wide variety of outdoor activities. There are several golf courses, as well as facilities for other sports. One should also make a point to visit the museums and art galleries of this area.

Reading Transportation

Boston Logan International Airport is the local major airport.

Reading Higher Education

Tufts University is nearby.

People

Total Population 25,357
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 14.2%
Employed Population 16+ 13,177
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 59.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 58.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $124,485
% Above Poverty Level 97.2%
% Below Poverty Level 2.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 7.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 22.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,282
Median House Value $455,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.7%
US/American 0.5%
English 14.3%
Irish 31.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Reading Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles N of Malden, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 11 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 01867
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.525
Longitude -71.095

Reading Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station READING
Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station BEDFORD
Distance 10 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
Station LOWELL
Distance 16.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 85 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Lynnfield 12,270 $132,313
North Reading 15,396 $144,451
Stoneham 21,752 $106,528
Wakefield 26,157 $104,285
Wilmington 23,141 $110,696
Woburn 39,104 $97,015

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Reading Public Libraries

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Reading Public Library
64 MIDDLESEX AVE.
Reading, Massachusetts
(781) 944-0840
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Reading High Schools

READING MEMORIAL HIGH
62 OAKLAND RD
781-944-8200
Serves 1,241 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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