North Reading

North Reading

A quaint, welcoming community offering the best of small-town living.


Welcome to North Reading

North Reading is a storied town on the edge of Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Only 18 miles away from Boston, this charming town gives locals the benefit of a quiet, peaceful environment with easy access to the big city. In North Reading,  you will find an abundance of Colonial-style homes and new construction options. This expanding, suburban town has great athletics, parks, shopping, restaurants, gyms, and local businesses, which attract a mix of young, growing families and professionals to the area. With a brand new high school and middle school, North Reading also has excellent options in public education.

What to Love

  • Excellent athletic programs and fitness centers
  • Numerous parks catering to different ages and interests
  • Ample shopping and dining opportunities
  • Just around the corner from Boston

Local Lifestyle

Although quaint and boasting a decidedly small-town feel, North Reading is anything but boring. Much like its neighboring communities, residents love getting out and enjoying the area’s many local parks and playgrounds. Many residents participate in community sports leagues, and when they aren't getting their exercise on the field, they're at one of several high-end gyms. 

In addition to a nearby YMCA, North Reading boasts several recreational spaces, including Eisenhaures Pond Park, Clarke Park, and Rita Mullin Field. Joggers and dog owners regularly take to North Reading’s scenic walking trails to enjoy the surrounding outdoors.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

One of our favorite restaurants is Theresa’s Prime, a superb steakhouse with a Boston vibe. The building also houses a more casual restaurant, Theresa’s Grille Nineteen, which is an excellent place to meet friends or hang out after a game of golf just steps away. The menu features entrees like roasted salmon, steak frites, and homestyle chicken pot pie that are perfectly pairable with a glass of wine. For southern barbecue and mouth-watering burgers, drop into Horseshoe Grille for a relaxed atmosphere and great food. 

For shopping, residents love Atlantic Plaza and North Reading Plaza. Locals also love browsing Marshalls and the ever-popular HomeGoods, located on Main Street.  For more options, take a quick trip to Boston and indulge in big-city retail therapy.

Things to Do

Bars like Hopothecary Ales Brewery and Kitchen and Sports, Spirits, & Steaks abound. There are lots of places to grab dinner on Friday nights. Whether you enjoy karaoke, pub games, draft beer, or pub grub, there are endless options to choose from. 

In spring and summer, take your canoe to Ipswich River Park or Harold Parker State Forest, where you’ll enjoy wide, open spaces teeming with hiking trails, picnic stations, and countless other amenities. Locals love to head to these parks to get away from it all and bask in the region's natural beauty.

Proud of their community, locals love to celebrate their town at the yearly Town Day, where residents enjoy an afternoon of free performances, carnival games, local food vendors, and more. There are also numerous holiday fairs to get locals in the holiday spirit, from holiday fairs to Christmas tree lightings. 


The North Reading Public School District serves the community of North Reading. Top-performing schools include:

  • North Reading High School, 9-12
  • Batchelder School, K-5

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Overview for North Reading, MA

15,549 people live in North Reading, where the median age is 43 and the average individual income is $64,088. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

43 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for North Reading, MA

North Reading has 5,848 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in North Reading do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 15,549 people call North Reading home. The population density is 1,302.522 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in North Reading, MA

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The following schools are within or nearby North Reading. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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E Ethel Little School
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