Reading, MA

Census Place

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2022 Population
25,415
0.267% 1-year decline
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren
Democratic Party
US Senator
Ed Markey
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
44.2
3.51% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
3.54%
19.1% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$154,662
6.26% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$713,200
13.2% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Reading, MA had a population of 25.4k people with a median age of 44.2 and a median household income of $154,662. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Reading, MA declined from 25,483 to 25,415, a −0.267% decrease and its median household income grew from $145,552 to $154,662, a 6.26% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Reading, MA are White (Non-Hispanic) (86%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (6.42%), Two+ (Hispanic) (2.71%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.49%), and White (Hispanic) (1.14%).

None of the households in Reading, MA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.1% of the residents in Reading, MA are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Reading, MA was $713,200, and the homeownership rate was 83.9%.

Most people in Reading, MA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 31.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Reading, MA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Reading, MA is home to a population of 25.4k people, from which 97.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 8.31% of Reading, MA residents were born outside of the country (2.11k people).

In 2022, there were 13.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (21.9k people) in Reading, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.63k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 689 Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.1%
2022 Citizenship
97.1%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.1% of Reading, MA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Reading, MA was 97.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Reading, MA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    21.9k ± 944
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    1.63k ± 960
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    689 ± 412
4.43%
Hispanic Population
1.13k people

In 2022, there were 13.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (21.9k people) in Reading, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.63k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 689 Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.43% of the people in Reading, MA are hispanic (1.13k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Reading, MA as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

8.31%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
2.11k people
9.14%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
2.33k people

As of 2022, 8.31% of Reading, MA residents (2.11k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Reading, MA was 9.14%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    380 ± 128
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    180 ± 129
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    156 ± 79

Reading, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.11 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Reading, MA employs 13.3k people. The largest industries in Reading, MA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2,420 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,015 people), and Educational Services (1,784 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($136,645), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($114,390), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($113,735).

Occupations

13.3k
2022 Value
± 904
−3.35%
1 Year decline
± 9.84%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Reading, MA declined at a rate of −3.35%, from 13.8k employees to 13.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Reading, MA, are Management Occupations (2,031 people), Business & Financial Operations Occupations (1,777 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,222 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Reading, MA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

13.3k
2022 Value
± 904
−3.35%
1 Year decline
± 9.84%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Reading, MA declined at a rate of −3.35%, from 13.8k employees to 13.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Reading, MA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2,420 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,015 people), and Educational Services (1,784 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Reading, MA, though some of these residents may live in Reading, MA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$107,220
Median earning men ± $6,223
$70,185
Median earning women ± $8,946

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($168,500), Manufacturing ($150,987), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($122,120).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($168,750), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($109,833), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($95,948).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.61%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 3.67M people employed in Massachusetts. This represents a 2.61% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 17.5%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Massachusetts.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Massachusetts went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 65.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (31.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.29%).

Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are the senators currently representing the state of Massachusetts. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Massachusetts is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Massachusetts

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Elizabeth Warren
Senator from Massachusetts1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013
Ed Markey
Senator from Massachusetts2
Assumed office on July 16, 2013
Elected to the seat to succeed Mo Cowan, who had been appointed to the seat following the resignation of John Kerry, who had become Secretary of State.

Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are the senators currently representing Massachusetts.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Massachusetts over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Massachusetts

Massachusetts is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Massachusetts have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.17% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.24% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Bachelors Degree (1.35M), High School or Equivalent (1.34M), and Graduate Degree (1.03M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Reading, MA was $713,200 in 2022, which is 2.53 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $630,000 to $713,200, a 13.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Reading, MA is 83.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Reading, MA have an average commute time of 31.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Reading, MA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Reading, MA is $154,662. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Reading, MA was Census Tract 3341 with a value of $170,899, followed by Census Tract 3343 and Census Tract 3344, with respective values of $159,967 and $134,904.

Property

$713,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$20,211
$7,953
Median Property Taxes
±$520

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Reading, MA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Reading, MA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

83.9%
Homeownership
2022
60.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 83.9% of the housing units in Reading, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 85.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 3341
  2. Census Tract 3343
  3. Census Tract 3344

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Reading, MA was Census Tract 3341 with a value of $170,899, followed by Census Tract 3343 and Census Tract 3344, with respective values of $159,967 and $134,904.

The following map shows all of the places in Reading, MA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$154,662
Median Household Income
± $14,004
9.48k
Number of Households
± 661

In 2022, the median household income of the 9.48k households in Reading, MA grew to $154,662 from the previous year's value of $145,552.

The following chart displays the households in Reading, MA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Reading, MA is from Massachusetts.
0.48
2022 Wage GINI in Massachusetts
0.48
2021 Wage GINI in Massachusetts

In 2022, the income inequality in Massachusetts was 0.48 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.047% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Massachusetts was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Massachusetts in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Massachusetts across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (64.6%)
  2. Worked At Home (22.2%)
  3. Carpooled (5.68%)

In 2022, 64.6% of workers in Reading, MA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (22.2%) and those who carpooled to work (5.68%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

31.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Reading, MA have a longer commute time (31.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.92% of the workforce in Reading, MA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Reading, MA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Reading, MA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

3.54% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Reading, MA (893 out of 25.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 75+, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Females 65 - 74.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Reading, MA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

99.2% of the population of Reading, MA has health coverage, with 70.2% on employee plans, 4.36% on Medicaid, 14.7% on Medicare, 9.25% on non-group plans, and 0.807% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Middlesex County, MA see 782 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.39% decrease from the previous year (793 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 976 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 157 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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782 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Middlesex County, MA

Primary care physicians in Middlesex County, MA see an average of 782 patients per year. This represents a 1.39% decrease from the previous year (793 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Middlesex County, MA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.6% under 18 years, 13% between 18 and 34 years, 41.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 19.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.7% were men and 51.3% were women.

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Uninsured People

0.763%
Uninsured
70.2%
Employer Coverage
4.36%
Medicaid
14.7%
Medicare
9.25%
Non-Group
0.807%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Reading, MA grew by 11.8% from 0.682% to 0.763%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Reading, MA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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