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Reading, Massachusetts


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Reading, Massachusetts

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. About 23,708 people live in Reading.

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.

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High Points

Reading strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Reading Low Property Crime
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Reading Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Reading Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Reading Median Family Income
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Reading Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Reading People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Reading College Educated Adults
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Reading Public Transportation Use
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Reading Low Violent Crime

Comparative Profile of Reading, Massachusetts

Comparing Reading to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).


The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 9
Age of the Population 8 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 8
Male Share of the Population 6 4
Senior Citizens 5 7
Female Share of the Population 5 7
Racial Diversity 3 6

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Portion of People Married 9 7
Average Household Size 8 7

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Median Family Income 10 9
People Above Poverty 10 9
People in Middle Class or Better 10 9
College Educated Adults 10 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Working at Home 8 6
Short Commute Times 3 6
Walking and Biking to Work 2 3

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 7
People Living Alone 4 5
Affordability of Rents 3 4
Housing Recently Built 3 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 1

Crime

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Low Property Crime 10 9
Low Violent Crime 9 8

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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
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Reading Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 23,708 100%
Male 11,436 48.2%
Female 12,272 51.8%
Under 18 6,232 26.3%
18+ 17,476 73.7%
65+ 3,369 14.2%
Median Age 39.1
Average Family Size 3.22
White 22,871 96.5%
African-American 86 0.4%
Asian 525 2.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 15 0.1%
Other 50 0.2%
Mixed Race 155 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 200 0.8%

Estimated Reading Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 23,164
Growth -544
Growth % -2.3%

Reading Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 28.1%
Italian 24%
English 11.2%
French Canadian 4.4%
US/American 4.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.1%
German 3.3%
French (except Basque) 2.7%
Scotch-Irish 2.5%
Polish 2%
Scottish 2%
Swedish 1.8%
Russian 1.4%
Canadian 1.2%
Greek 1.2%
Portuguese 0.7%
Armenian 0.6%
Norwegian 0.5%
Hungarian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
British 0.4%
Austrian 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Dutch 0.3%
Brazilian 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
European 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Reading 23,708 $89,076
Lynnfield 11,542 $91,869
North Reading 13,837 $86,341
Stoneham 22,219 $71,334
Wakefield 24,804 $77,834
Wilmington 21,363 $76,760
Woburn 37,258 $66,364

Reading Public Libraries

Library
Reading Public Library
64 MIDDLESEX AVE.
Reading, Massachusetts
(781) 944-0840
Library Web Site

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Starbucks in Reading

(As of 2005)
288 Main Street
Reading Walkers Brook
24 Walkers Brook Drive
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Reading High Schools (2004)

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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1. Walpole, Massachusetts 92.7   22.6% 14.4% 39.8% 32 $84,458 6.8% 4.6% 22,824 2.2% 11.4 0.3% 0.9
2. Haddonfield, New Jersey 92.5   23.9% 15.9% 64.9% 29 $103,597 6.4% 3.5% 11,659 2.2% 13.1 0.3% 0.8
3. Pequannock, New Jersey 92.1   20.8% 14.1% 37.5% 28 $84,487 6.8% 3.4% 13,888 3% 13.6 0.3% 0.4
4. Midland Park, New Jersey 91.6   23.5% 14.6% 38.9% 27 $83,926 7.3% 4.2% 6,947 2% 8.8 0.1% 0.3
5. Cranford, New Jersey 91.2   22% 17.9% 43% 31 $86,624 6.5% 6.3% 22,578 2.5% 11.5 0.3% 0.4
6. Chelmsford, Massachusetts 91   23.1% 13% 44% 29 $82,676 6.7% 6.9% 33,858 2.8% 16 0.3% 1.2
7. Wakefield, Massachusetts 91   26.2% 15.1% 39.7% 29 $77,834 6.4% 3.1% 24,804 3.1% 9.2 0.2% 0.6
8. Waldwick, New Jersey 90.5   18.7% 15.2% 36.7% 28 $82,208 7.6% 7.3% 9,622 2.1% 7.7 0.2% 0.5
9. New Providence, New Jersey 90   21.4% 15.3% 58.1% 31 $105,013 7.8% 10.2% 11,907 1.8% 8.4 0.2% 0.6
10. Holden, Massachusetts 89.4   19.3% 14.2% 45.4% 27 $73,614 6.4% 2.6% 15,621 3.1% 6.5 0.4% 1.2
11. Hillsdale, New Jersey 89.4   15.8% 14.8% 45.9% 32 $90,861 7.3% 7.6% 10,087 3.3% 5.8 0.1% 0.9
12. Hopedale, Massachusetts 89.3   26.1% 15.5% 28% 31 $68,571 7.2% 2.5% 5,907 4% 9.8 0.2% 1.9
13. Ballwin, Missouri 89.3   21.3% 12.1% 46.7% 28 $77,021 7.3% 6.6% 31,283 3.2% 7.8 0.2% 0.6
14. Ramsey, New Jersey 89.3   22.6% 11.2% 54.5% 30 $104,036 7.6% 8.4% 14,351 1.9% 13 0.3% 1.1
15. Medfield, Massachusetts 89.1   15.3% 9.3% 62.1% 36 $108,926 8.5% 3.2% 12,273 1.4% 5.4 0.2% 0.3
16. Medford, New Jersey 89   17.3% 10.7% 49.9% 32 $97,135 6.4% 3.3% 22,253 1.9% 12.9 0.3% 0.5
17. Olmsted Falls, Ohio 89   25.4% 9.9% 36% 28 $66,196 6.9% 3.3% 7,962 2.1% 16.1 0.1% 1
18. Ashland, Massachusetts 88.8   22.6% 9.8% 45.6% 34 $77,611 7.9% 8.1% 14,674 2% 3.9 0.2% 1.6
19. Bedford, Massachusetts 88.5   21.9% 18.3% 57.4% 26 $101,081 6.7% 8.8% 12,595 2.5% 4.6 0.3% 0.1
20. Pompton Lakes, New Jersey 88.4   24.1% 13.4% 28.4% 27 $74,701 6.9% 7% 10,640 3.2% 13 0.2% 1.1
21. East Bridgewater, Massachusetts 88.3   17.4% 10.1% 22.2% 31 $67,307 7.1% 3.1% 12,974 4.1% 8.2 0.1% 0.7
22. Sudbury, Massachusetts 88.2   11.1% 9.8% 71.9% 35 $130,399 8.8% 5.8% 16,841 2.8% 7.2 0.1% 0.6
23. Hanover, Massachusetts 88.1   15.2% 10.5% 38.3% 33 $86,835 7.7% 2.3% 13,164 2.3% 19.1 0.1% 0.8
24. Bellingham, Massachusetts 88   18.1% 9.7% 22% 33 $72,074 7% 3.1% 15,314 2.5% 16.4 0.2% 0.9
25. Grafton, Massachusetts 88   24.7% 11.2% 34.8% 30 $66,396 7.3% 4.1% 14,894 5.6% 5.8 0.1% 1.7
26. Ellisville, Missouri 88   20% 14.6% 37.9% 28 $74,375 6.8% 4.9% 9,104 3.5% 8.8 0.2% 0.7
27. River Vale, New Jersey 88   15.3% 13.4% 48.5% 35 $105,919 6.9% 7.7% 9,449 2.8% 2.9 0.4% 1.3
28. Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey 88   10.6% 13.4% 58.3% 34 $133,925 7.1% 6.2% 5,745 1.5% 7.7 0.2% 0.5
29. Tewksbury, Massachusetts 87.9   18.6% 11.5% 25.2% 31 $76,443 7% 3.6% 28,851 3.8% 14.1 0.3% 1.2
30. Glen Rock, New Jersey 87.9   14.8% 13.7% 61.1% 34 $111,280 8.3% 9.9% 11,546 2.4% 8.5 0.1% 0.2
31. Oradell, New Jersey 87.9   15.5% 16.6% 51.8% 35 $102,842 6.3% 9.9% 8,047 2.4% 8.3 0.3% 0.4
32. Maynard, Massachusetts 87.8   28.6% 12.2% 38.2% 30 $71,875 7.1% 5.4% 10,433 5.6% 2.7 0.2% 0.3
33. Sharon, Massachusetts 87.7   14.6% 10.9% 63.1% 37 $99,015 7% 10% 17,408 3% 5.5 0.3% 1
34. Floral Park, New York 87.7   22.8% 15.6% 36.9% 37 $87,243 6.3% 6.4% 15,967 3.1% 4 0.3% 0.9
35. Emerson, New Jersey 87.5   14.4% 18.8% 40.3% 32 $80,468 6.9% 10.4% 7,197 2.4% 6.1 0.1% 0.6
36. Readington, New Jersey 87.4   18.2% 9.8% 48.2% 35 $106,343 7.4% 4.9% 15,803 1.6% 10.6 0.3% 0.6
37. Cumberland, Rhode Island 87.4   22.3% 16% 29.5% 25 $63,194 6.2% 3.3% 31,840 3.9% 18.6 0.3% 0.4
38. Malverne, New York 87   15.3% 15.6% 36.7% 36 $87,197 6.5% 8% 8,934 1.6% 3.3 0.2% 0.9
39. Wanaque, New Jersey 86.9   16.7% 12% 22.3% 30 $71,127 6.7% 9.3% 10,266 3.3% 13.2 0.1% 1.3
40. Wood-Ridge, New Jersey 86.9   26.1% 17% 27.7% 27 $72,500 6.1% 9% 7,644 1.6% 7.1 0.2% 0.7
41. Hanover, New Jersey 86.5   19.5% 14.9% 41.5% 24 $93,937 6.4% 11.2% 12,898 1.2% 13.5 0.2% 1.2
42. Haddon Heights, New Jersey 86   28.6% 18.2% 38.1% 27 $73,460 6.1% 2% 7,547 2.8% 20.5 0.3% 1.1
43. Hawthorne, New Jersey 85.5   26.4% 15.5% 25.6% 25 $65,451 6.3% 6.2% 18,218 3.4% 14.1 0.3% 0.6
44. Upton, Massachusetts 85.3   18.7% 9.5% 44.9% 33 $89,251 9.9% 2.7% 5,642 3.5% 9.6 0% 1.6
45. Butler, New Jersey 84.7   24.2% 13.2% 24.1% 27 $66,199 6.3% 5.1% 7,420 5% 16.7 0.1% 1.6
46. Hudson, Massachusetts 84.2   25.3% 12.2% 28.4% 26 $70,145 6.6% 5.9% 18,113 4.5% 13.6 0.3% 0.5
47. Taylor Mill, Kentucky 84.1   19.8% 10.4% 29.3% 24 $60,000 7.1% 2.1% 6,913 4.8% 6.9 0.2% 0.6
48. Bellbrook, Ohio 84   17.3% 9.2% 40.6% 23 $69,770 6.2% 2.8% 7,009 2.3% 15 0.2% 0.1
49. Dyer, Indiana 83.8   16% 12.1% 25.4% 33 $68,716 6.2% 4.6% 13,895 3.4% 18.4 0.1% 1
50. Stow, Ohio 83.5   23.8% 12% 36.2% 25 $67,822 6.6% 4.8% 32,139 4% 21.8 0.4% 0.4
51. Mantua, New Jersey 83.4   21% 11.1% 23.5% 30 $63,391 8% 4.2% 14,217 3.6% 21.5 0.2% 1.9
52. Methuen, Massachusetts 83.2   25.3% 15.3% 23% 26 $59,831 6.3% 10.6% 43,789 7.4% 18.9 0.2% 1.2
53. Uxbridge, Massachusetts 82.4   19.2% 9.9% 26.9% 32 $70,068 8% 2% 11,156 4.7% 11.6 0.2% 1.6
54. Perkasie, Pennsylvania 81.7   24.4% 10.6% 22.8% 28 $59,413 7.3% 2.2% 8,828 4.7% 20.6 0.2% 1.3
55. Medina, Ohio 81.6   25.1% 10.2% 32.5% 26 $57,435 9.2% 5.4% 25,139 5.7% 4.6 0.2% 0.2
56. Larchmont, New York 81.1   25.6% 12.9% 73.7% 43 $163,965 8.8% 5.8% 6,485 2.3% 17.1 0.4% 0.5
57. Milford, New Hampshire 80.9   25% 9.6% 26.7% 25 $61,682 7.3% 3.2% 13,535 5.2% 15.7 0.4% 1.2
58. Smithville, Missouri 76.6   22% 11.6% 20.9% 27 $58,966 8.3% 2.8% 5,514 4% 16.5 0.3% 0.5
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