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A+ Reading Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Reading Cost of Living Cost of living is 15% higher than Massachusetts
15050% more expensive than the US average
13131% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Reading cost of living
A+ Reading Crime Total crime is 65% lower than Massachusetts
Total crime
56778% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 17778% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-22%Year over year crime is down
Reading crime
A- Reading Employment Household income is 53% higher than Massachusetts
Median household income
$108,89497% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$49,46166% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%42% lower than the US average
Reading employment
D Reading Housing Home value is 39% higher than Massachusetts
Median home value
$473,300156% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,30237% higher than the US average
Home ownership
79%25% higher than the US average
Reading real estate or Reading rentals
A+ Reading Schools HS graduation rate is 9% higher than Massachusetts
High school grad. rates
95%14% higher than the US average
School test scores
76%55% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:13% lower than the US average
Reading K-12 schools

Living in Reading, MA

Reading is a mid-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. The city has a population of 25,490 people. At 92%, the majority of the Reading population is White; this is followed by 5% Asian and 0% Black. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 88% of the population considered married and 51% with kids under the age of 18, Reading could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Whether you’re relocating to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Reading could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Massachusetts if you know where to look. The best areas in Reading and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, weather, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Massachusetts and national averages.

Reading, MA receives 78 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #14 in Massachusetts and #3,070 in the USA. This is a terrific score, as Reading ranks well in multiple categories! Based on the rankings for each individual category, Reading has received high marks for amenities (A+), crime (A+), education (A+) and employment (A-). The bad news for Reading, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F), weather (D) and housing (D).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Reading on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Reading gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 31 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Reading have a test score average of 76%, which is well above the US average.

Reading real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Reading. The median home price for Reading homes is $473,300, which is 38.8% higher than the Massachusetts average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Reading, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.4, which is 8.3% lower than the Massachusetts average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Reading will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Reading, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 3.1%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 6.8%.

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Compare Reading, MA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Reading, MA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mit, Cambridge7612.24,970
West Cambridge, Cambridge7611.18,854
North Cambridge, Cambridge759.813,280
Cambridgeport, Cambridge7412.212,501
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Neighborhood 9, Cambridge7210.611,671
Riverside, Cambridge7211.611,860
Aggasiz-Harvard, Cambridge7110.65,061
East Cambridge, Cambridge7111.69,877

Best Cities Near Reading, MA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Melrose, MA80627,787
Belmont, MA8010.425,555
Brookline, MA8014.759,180
Newton, MA801588,317
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Arlington, MA808.644,408
Winchester, MA79622,491
Westborough, MA79324,057
Wellesley, MA7818.228,909

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Reading, Massachusetts - A Great Place To Live!

Living in Reading, Massachusetts is wonderful as it has all the small town charm while not being too far away from the big city of Boston! People in this community are quite friendly and neighborly, the school district is great, and there are fun things to do right here in town!

Another thing I really love about Reading is you really get to experience all four of the seasons here. Summers can get hot with the humidity and winters can be quite cold with the wind chills, but to me it is surely worth it as you also get to have beautiful spring flowers and vibrant crisp autumns with brilliant shades of leaves.

One of the best attractions here is the Beanstalk Adventure Ropes Course that my kids have a blast every time we go there! This is an obstacle course of ropes and zip lines inside of a furniture store. A truly unique experience that all kids and adults too should try at least once in their lifetime!
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Source: The Reading, MA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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