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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  12. Commute
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Andover is a suburb of Boston with a population of 34,963. Andover is in Essex County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Andover offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Residents of Andover tend to be liberal. The public schools in Andover are highly rated.
About Andover...
Population
34,963

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$580,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,325
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    20%
  • Own
    80%
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Andover Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    178
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    14
    41
  • Robbery
    8
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    70
    500
  • Theft
    666
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    64
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$134,627
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    39%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    15%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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I just moved to Andover from Chicagoland. Life is a little different on the East Coast, compared to the Midwest. People around Boston thus far have been relatively detached and cold through interpersonal encounters. No longer do random strangers say, "hi" or strike up conversation in the grocery store queue. I even miss the awkward passerby smile.

The general transparency of state and local government here is highly evolved in contrast to that of my hometown. I receive disclosure documents in the post for elections and town hall meetings, which I highly appreciate. There are worker's rights bulletins posted visible in the workspace, who'd have thought such a thing could be beneficial?

The population whom I have interacted with has seemed well informed on societal issues. Debate and scholarly exploration are highly regarded in this state of top schools and hospitals.
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I've lived in Andover since I was 2 years old. It has been a wonderful place to grow up in and I've really loved it. It has great school systems with wonderful teachers and academics. There are great athletics for all ages. There are wonderful opportunities for the arts from painting to musical theatre. It is a beautiful town and I love it!
Andover is a very friendly community with little to no violence, which is wonderful. The center of town which I live up the street from is always booming with people and allows people to walk around through the shops at leisure. There are also many different unique shops that have great food, along with your traditional dunkin donuts and McDonalds. At the moment their isn't much I would change at all their is wild life in my backyard which I love as well and over all the community where I live is very quiet and peaceful.