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Reading, Massachusetts

Reading is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 23,708.


\nAccording to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 25.7 km² (9.9 mi²). None of the area is covered with water.


\nAs of the
census of 2000, there are 23,708 people, 8,688 households, and 6,437 families residing in the town. The population density is 921.8/km² (2,388.3/mi²). There are 8,823 housing units at an average density of 343.1 persons/km² (888.8 persons/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 96.47% White, 0.36% African American, 0.06% Native American, 2.21% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. 0.84% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 8,688 households out of which 36.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.5% are married couples living together, 8.3% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 25.9% are non-families. 22.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.71 and the average family size is 3.22. In the town the population is spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 88.3 males. The median income for a household in the town is $77,059, and the median income for a family is $89,076. Males have a median income of $61,117 versus $39,817 for females. The per capita income for the town is $32,888. 2.6% of the population and 1.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 2.7% are under the age of 18 and 3.2% are 65 or older.