Reading

Reading

A welcoming New England town with an impressive mix of older & newer homes, conveniently housing a commuter rail with plenty of parking. 

 

Welcome to Reading

Known for being a stable and progressive community, Reading, Massachusetts, is rich with coffee shops, open-air spaces, playgrounds, and fine dining opportunities. With a number of award-winning schools, residents have excellent educational opportunities.

Just North of Boston, this quaint town has a rich history and a wealth of options in luxury homes. The culture of Reading provides a small-town feel and attracts welcoming neighbors who add to the area’s strong sense of community. Outstanding town services and plenty of recreational and cultural activities make Reading a true New England gem.

What to Love

  • Small-town feel
  • An inviting community where neighbors know and value each other
  • Highly walkable 
  • Less than an hour from New England’s beaches
  • Endless recreational and cultural activities
  • Top-rated schools

Local Lifestyle

Life in Reading, Massachusetts, is laid back. Residents often take a group class at a local fitness center, relax at a nearby coffee shop, or hike along the region’s many natural trails. Known for its amazing athletics, Reading boasts many sports league teams for both children and adults. When they aren't outdoors enjoying the crisp, clean air and the amazing scenery, Reading residents are heading downtown to enjoy local cuisine or grab a seat on the minute commuter trail, which offers 15-minute commutes into Boston. Numerous entertainment options are available inside Reading, including an IMAX theater.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Locals often treat themselves to truly unforgettable meals at Reading's top dining spots. Venetian Moon is a popular place to visit when you want a lively, modern, and incredibly comfortable atmosphere. Known for its amazing seafood and craft cocktails, Venetian Moon is where locals go when they’re in the mood for baked haddock, Chilean sea bass, or unique entrees like the Lazy Man's Lobster Pie. This establishment has an impressive wine menu, decadent desserts, and an all-around relaxing ambiance. 


Stop by Zucca Italian Restaurant and Bar for homemade gnocchi, creamy risotto, fried calamari, and fresh bruschetta. However, DiCara's Deli and Oyes Chinese Restaurant & Bar also serve delicious eats. They're among the best places to go in North Reading when you want a relaxed, casual atmosphere, unpretentious food, and quality beer on tap. When residents have a sweet tooth to sate, they indulge in the latest creations at Cupcake City, a popular bakery offering unique and innovative cupcake flavors. 


Burlington Mall in nearby Burlington and Crossing at Walkers Brook are two popular shopping destinations for Reading residents. You'll find popular stores like Nordstrom, Joss & Main, Common Craft, and Camp at Burlington Mall. There are also multiple eateries for those who like to sample delicious eats while they window shop. Crossing at Walkers Brook has a large bookstore that regularly draws in local bibliophiles, several big box home stores, and multiple eateries. Don’t forget to stop by Aine’s Boutique, a local downtown favorite selling stylish clothing.

Things to Do

Reading is the perfect place for an ambitious pub crawl. From Parker Tavern to Bunratty Tavern, there are multiple stopping points with excellent pub grub and drinks. In autumn, The Reading Fall Street Faire brings locals and vendors together from the city's top restaurants, craft stores, and boutiques for a lively event with food, games, music, and more. In winter, Reading is bright with colorful, fun-filled holiday activities like the Holiday Tree Lighting and Festival of Trees. Town Day in nearby North Reading is a long-awaited event that boasts a spectacular display of food vendors, artists, musicians, and more. 


Memorial Park is a popular place for outdoor recreation in Reading, MA. Residents can ice skate at a massive outdoor rink and take advantage of the park’s designated basketball and tennis courts, green spaces, and multiple playgrounds. There's also a full stage where local musicians perform live concerts, and local theater troupes excite guests with performances during the spring and summer. Locals also love to watch hockey and figure skating at the Burbank Ice Arena

Schools

Reading, Massachusetts, is served by Reading Public Schools. Notable schools in the area include:

  • Austin Preparatory School, 6-12
  • The Goddard School, PK-K
  • Birch Meadow Elementary School, K-5
  • Arthur W Coolidge Middle School, 6-8
  • Reading Memorial High School, 9-12
 

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Overview for Reading, MA

28,143 people live in Reading, where the median age is 44.1 and the average individual income is $55,882.75. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

28,143

Total Population

44.1 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$55,882.75

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Reading, MA

Reading has 10,551 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Reading do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 28,143 people call Reading home. The population density is 2,308.13 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

28,143

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

44.1

Median Age

48.78 / 51.22%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
10,551

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$55,882.75

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Reading, MA

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The following schools are within or nearby 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.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Reading Memorial High
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Wood End Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Reading Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Arthur W Coolidge Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Walter S Parker Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Austin Preparatory School
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5

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