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North Reading, Massachusetts
—  Town  —
Flint Memorial Library
Location in Middlesex County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°34′30″N 71°04′45″W / 42.575°N 71.07917°W / 42.575; -71.07917
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Settled 1651
Incorporated 1853
Government
 - Type Open town meeting
Area
 - Total 13.5 sq mi (35.0 km2)
 - Land 13.3 sq mi (34.3 km2)
 - Water 0.3 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation 100 ft (30 m)
Population (2007)
 - Total 14,021
 Density 1,054.2/sq mi (408.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01864
Area code(s) 351 / 978
FIPS code 25-48955
GNIS feature ID 0618230
Website http://www.northreadingma.gov

North Reading is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 13,837 at the 2000 census.

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History

The area was first settled in 1651 when the town of Reading received a special land grant north of the Ipswich River. It was officially incorporated as the separate town of North Reading in 1853.

North Reading borders Andover, North Andover, Middleton, Lynnfield, Reading, and Wilmington.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 13.5 square miles (35.0 km²), of which, 13.2 square miles (34.3 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (1.85%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 13,837 people, 4,795 households, and 3,754 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,044.0 people per square mile (403.2/km²). There were 4,870 housing units at an average density of 367.4/sq mi (141.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.53% White, 0.40% African American, 0.04% Native American, 1.30% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more backgrounds. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.74% of the population.

There were 4,795 households out of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.9% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.7% were non-families. 17.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $76,962, and the median income for a family was $86,341. Males had a median income of $52,446 versus $39,458 for females. The per capita income for the town was $30,902. About 0.7% of families and 1.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.4% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.

Government

County government: Middlesex County
Clerk of Courts: Michael A. Sullivan
District Attorney: Gerard T. Leone, Jr.
Register of Deeds: Richard P. Howe, Jr. (North at Lowell)
Eugene C. Brune (South at Cambridge)
Register of Probate: Tara E. DeCristofaro
County Sheriff: James DiPaola
State government
State Representative(s): Bradley Jones, Jr. (R)
State Senator(s): Bruce Tarr (R)
Governor's Councilor(s): Mary-Ellen Manning (D)
Federal government
U.S. Representative(s): John F. Tierney (D-6th District),
U.S. Senators: John Kerry (D), Scott Brown (R)

The North Reading Board of Selectmen has five members who are elected to serve three-year overlapping terms. As specified in the Town Charter and the Massachusetts General Laws, they are the chief elected officers of the town. The board may enact rules and regulations in a variety of areas, as well as establish town policies and procedures on many issues, unless such issues are delegated by law or vote of the town meeting to another officer or board. The board appoints a Town Administrator who supervises and is responsible for the day to day operation of town government departments.

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