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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population25,490
Male Share of the Population49.2%
Female Share of the Population50.8%
Senior Citizens14.6%
Employed Population 16+13,497
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married60%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher61.5%
Median Earnings25+$68,606
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$40,553

Wealth

Median Family Income$130,577
% Above Poverty Level97.3%
% Below Poverty Level2.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home5.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2%
% Using Public Transportation8.5%

Housing

People Living Alone22.1%
Median Gross Rent$1,302
Median House Value$473,300

Ancestry

Irish32.2%
Italian21.8%
English14.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13.2%
German8.8%
Canadian5%
French Except Basque4.4%
Polish3.3%
Scottish2.9%
Greek2%
Portuguese1.6%
Swedish1.5%
Russian1.4%
US/American0.9%
Ukrainian0.6%
Danishn0.6%
Lithuanian0.5%
Arab0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Dutch0.3%
African0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Cape Verdean0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
South African0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Ugandan0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Croatian0.1%
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Reading Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes1867
Phone Area Codes781
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.53
Approximate Longitude-71.1

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)

StationREADING
Distance2 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches
StationBEDFORD
Distance10 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.9 inches
StationLOWELL
Distance16.3 miles
Jan Temp14 to 33 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 85 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip43.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Lynnfield12,489$136,250
North Reading15,476$142,266
Stoneham21,831$113,131
Wakefield26,399$113,665
Wilmington23,310$118,375
Woburn39,220$101,373

Reading Public Libraries

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

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Reading Public Schools

Wood End Elementary School
85 Sunset Rock Lane
ZIP: 1867
(781) 942-5420
Primary
Total Enrollment 335
Arthur W Coolidge Middle
89 Birch Meadow Dr
ZIP: 1867
(781) 942-9158
Middle
Total Enrollment 476
J Warren Killam
333 Charles Street
ZIP: 1867
(781) 944-7831
Primary
Total Enrollment 440
Alice M Barrows
16 Edgemont Avenue
ZIP: 1867
(781) 942-9166
Primary
Total Enrollment 359
Reading Memorial High
62 Oakland Rd
ZIP: 1867
(781) 944-8200
High
Total Enrollment 1251
Birch Meadow
27 A B Lord Dr
ZIP: 1867
(781) 944-2335
Primary
Total Enrollment 387
Walter S Parker Middle
45 Temple Street
ZIP: 1867
(781) 944-1236
Middle
Total Enrollment 593
Joshua Eaton
365 Summer Avenue
ZIP: 1867
(781) 942-9161
Primary
Total Enrollment 471
Rise Preschool
62 Oakland Road
ZIP: 1867
(781) 942-9179
Primary
Total Enrollment 95

Reading Private Schools

Reading Montessori School
453 West St
ZIP: 1867
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Austin Preparatory School
101 Willow St
ZIP: 1867
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 685
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