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Reading, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Reading Census Designated Place had a population of 26,304 as of July 1, 2019. 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 42.5257 and longitude -71.0953 in Middlesex County. The formal boundaries for the Reading Census Designated Place 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Reading: Lynn Village.

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Reading, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Reading, MA Housing Affordability Index is 97
State of Massachusetts Housing Affordability Index is 87
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Reading, MA Wealth Index is 232
State of Massachusetts Wealth Index is 139
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 26,304
Population in Households 26,119
Population in Families 22,559
Population in Group Qrtrs 185
Population Density 2,637
Diversity Index1 21
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $123,847
Average Household Income $156,425
Per Capita Income $57,955
Wealth Index3 232

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 10,053 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,519 (74.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,225 (22.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 309 ( 3.1%)
Median Home Value $573,692
Housing Affordability Index2 97
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 9,744
Average Household Size 2.68
Family Households 6,983
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. 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.
  2. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  3. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.66% 0.63%
Households 0.5% 0.56%
Families 0.47% 0.55%
Median Household Income   2.71%
Per Capita Income   2.43%

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, 2019 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 # 58 77th
Population Density # 55 78th
Diversity Index # 142 43rd
Median Household Income # 24 91st
Per Capita Income # 41 84th

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