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Reading is a town in Middlesex County, in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy metro area.

The community was named after the city in England.

The latitude of Reading is 42.525N. The longitude is -71.095W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 102 feet.

The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 23,708.


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Median household income
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$77,059
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Reading demographic reports
Reading is on the Aberjona River
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 7. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 0.3 per 1,000 people.
Reading received national attention for July 2000 beating death of one father by another, after their sons' hockey game
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Historic sites and museums: Parker Tavern
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)

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5% of Reading residents report German ancestry, and 26% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Reading ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Reading was $32,888, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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48% of Reading residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Reading, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $686.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,656.


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Libraries in Reading include Reading Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Reading include Reading Advocate

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The average commute time for Reading workers is 27 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Reading between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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