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Reading, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Reading Census Designated Place had a population of 26,234 as of July 1, 2017. Reading ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Massachusetts. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Reading is located at latitude 42.5352 and longitude -71.1054 in Middlesex County. The formal boundaries for the Reading Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.95 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Middlesex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 92 feet.

The Reading Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2378210) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Reading Census Designated Place is located within Town of Reading, a minor civil division (MCD) of Middlesex County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Reading population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Reading: Lynn Village.

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Reading, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 26,234
Daytime Population: Workers 7,674
Daytime Population: Residents 12,076
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 19,750
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.75
Population in Households 26,049
Population in Familes 22,461
Population in Group Qrtrs 185
Population Density2 2,636
Diversity Index3 20


Median Household Income $109,301
Average Household Income $138,270
Per Capita Income $51,582


Total Housing Units 10,052 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,446 (74.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,313 (23.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 293 ( 2.9%)
Median Home Value $482,810
Average Home Value $524,114


Total Households 9,759
Average Household Size 2.67
Family Households 6,972
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.81% 0.87%
Households 0.66% 0.83%
Families 0.58% 0.77%
Median Household Income   1.11%
Per Capita Income   1.96%

Reading, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Reading to the other 246 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 57 77th
Population Density # 55 78th
Diversity Index # 140 44th
Median Household Income # 24 91st
Per Capita Income # 46 82nd

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