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  4. Nightlife
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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North Reading is a suburb of Boston with a population of 15,476. North Reading is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in North Reading offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In North Reading there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals live in North Reading and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in North Reading are highly rated.
About North Reading...
Population
15,476

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$452,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,406
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    13%
  • Own
    87%
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North Reading Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    82
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    38
    41
  • Robbery
    32
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    38
    500
  • Theft
    330
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    44
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$119,933
National
$55,322
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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Small town with great school system. The superintendent, once the principal of NRHS, is a very motivated and driven man. He is determined to make the best of the education system in North Reading and the improvements made since graduation have been tremendously helpful to the current students. The town is small enough where people are familiar with one another, friendly, and accepting. The nightlife is nonexistent though North Reading is close enough to near towns and cities that have better activities. North Reading is extremely safe, many of those in the police department are from NR and therefore take the safety of their residents quite seriously. They are sincere and active in participating in town events. The cost of living is somewhat expensive though worth it for families who are looking for a strong public education system.
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North Reading is a small town just outside of Boston. If you're looking for a town with a great school system, this is the place to be. The High School is brand new and has breathtaking facilities. My two brothers and I have all gone through the school system, which very adequately prepares students for future careers. Being a small town, it never seems busy and is among one of the safest in Massachusetts. My only complaint would be the cost of living. Property taxes are high as a result of the solid school system, but you get what you pay for. Overall, North Reading is a great town for starting a family or for finding that perfect place for retirement.
Average suburb in Massachusetts. Real estate prices are high, but the education system is great. No matter what you think about the town, you'll always have a Dunkin' Donuts around every corner.