Reading, Massachusetts Population 2024

25,279

Reading is a city located in Middlesex County Massachusetts. Reading has a 2024 population of 25,279. Reading is currently declining at a rate of -0.27% annually but its population has increased by 0.17% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 25,236 in 2020.

The average household income in Reading is $176,366 with a poverty rate of 3.54%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Reading is 44.2 years, 41.8 years for males, and 46.2 years for females.

Reading Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Reading was:

  • White: 87.18%
  • Asian: 6.42%
  • Two or more races: 5.2%
  • Other race: 0.73%
  • Black or African American: 0.42%
  • Native American: 0.06%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
10.0 sq mi
Density (mi²)
2,534.0/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
0.17% (43)
The current population of Reading, Massachusetts is 25,279 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 25,236.

Reading, Massachusetts Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White22,15787.18%
Asian1,6326.42%
Two or more races1,3215.2%
Other race1850.73%
Black or African American1060.42%
Native American140.06%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Asian

Two or more races

Other race

Black or African American

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Reading Population by Race

Reading Population Pyramid 2024

Reading Median Age

44.2

Total

41.8

Male

46.2

Female

Reading Adults

There are 19,356 adults, (5,084 of whom are seniors) in Reading.

Reading Age Dependency

78.1

Age Dependency Ratio

35.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Reading Sex Ratio

Female12,82750.47%
Male12,58849.53%

Reading Population by Age

Reading Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All9,4782.6683.916.1
Married6,0943.2694.65.4
Non Family2,5511.1563.836.2
Female6052.7371.928.1
Male2283.2854.445.6

3.17

Average Family Size

2.66

Average Household Size

83.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Reading Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4322.41%
9th to 12th Grade1831.02%
High School Graduate2,73815.26%
Some College1,97311%
Associates Degree1,0155.66%
Bachelors Degree6,16934.39%
Graduate Degree5,42730.26%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Reading Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Reading Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White15,83515,40610,265
Asian1,2361,078765
2+ Races517517357
Hispanic509484391
Black10510330
Other Race999873
Native American14140

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among hispanic people with a rate of 76.82%.

Reading Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$87,819$108,582$73,447
Less Than 9th Grade$0$0$0
High School Graduate$51,411$58,906$48,750
Some College$56,341$75,045$47,045
Bachelors Degree$103,441$118,389$79,351
Graduate Degree$102,500$131,344$88,822

$87,819

Average Earnings

$108,582

Average Male

$73,447

Average Female

Reading Earnings by Educational Attainment

Reading Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Reading Language

88.37% of Reading residents speak only English, while 11.63% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 5.79% of the population.

Reading Language

Reading Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White21,7467583.49%
Hispanic1,12611910.57%
Other1847641.3%
Multiple1,296211.62%

3.54%

Overall Poverty Rate

2.24%

Male Poverty Rate

4.81%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Reading

The race most likely to be in poverty in Reading is Other, with 41.3% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Reading is Multiple, with 1.62% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.44%. Among those working part-time, it was 4.68%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 9.46%.

Reading Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade27.24%
High School11.39%
Some College3.98%
Bachelors or Greater1.22%

Reading Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed9.02%
Female Employed2.92%
Male Unemployed0.82%
Male Employed0.49%

Reading Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Reading Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$154,662$176,366
Families$187,682$209,915
Married Families$196,043$-999,999,999
Non Families$61,830$78,744

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Reading Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

63.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

67.9%

Male Marriage Rate

58.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Reading Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Reading Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Reading Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Reading Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

1,149

Number of Veterans

1,071

Male Veterans

78

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam434
First Gulf War220
Second Gulf War156
Korea54
World War II8

Reading Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
55 to 64370
65 to 74327
75+300
35 to 54127
18 to 3425

Reading Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White1,1106.44%
Hispanic386.42%
Other Race2620.63%
2+ Races121.88%
Black10.94%

Reading Veterans by Race

Reading Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

2.49%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.71%

Veteran Disability Rate

Reading Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

68.2%

Labor Force Participation

66.4%

Employment Rate

2.8%

Unemployment Rate

Reading Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Reading Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Reading Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

73.95%

Born in Reading

91.48%

Native Born

8.52%

Foreign Born

2.93%

Non Citizen

5.59%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.48% of Reading residents were born in the United States, with 73.95% having been born in Massachusetts. 2.93% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Reading Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202425,279-68-0.27%
202325,347-68-0.27%
202225,415-68-0.27%
202125,4832470.98%
202025,2361040.41%
201925,132320.13%
201825,100-669-2.6%
201725,7692791.09%
201625,4901330.52%
201525,3571810.72%
201425,1762190.88%
201324,9572040.82%
201224,7532491.02%
201124,504-243-0.98%
201024,74700%

Reading Population by Year