North Reading, Massachusetts
|North Reading, Massachusetts|
North Reading Common
Location in Middlesex County in Massachusetts
|• Type||Open town meeting|
|• 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)|
|• Density||1,100/sq mi (430/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||351 / 978|
|GNIS feature ID||0618230|
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.
"Original grants of large farmsteads along the river during the mid-17th century brought six families to the settlement before 1680. The economy of the town in the 17th and 18th century was based on subsistence farming with limited hop production. There was a sawmill on Lob's Pond by 1694 and grist and saw mills at the village center by 1794. Some small scale boot and shoe making was underway by 1820, and by 1850 small sheds or shops to make shoes were attached to almost every house in town. These shops produced cheap footwear that was sold south to clothe slaves, and the Civil War destroyed the town's industry. The principal products of the town in the early 20th century were milk, apples and fruits."
Today the town flourishes; it has a beautiful town center showcased by a recently completed state of the art High School, historic buildings still standing, and proximity to Boston which makes it a desired location for suburban families.
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) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), or 1.85%, is water.
North Reading is protected by the North Reading Fire Department and North Reading Police Department. The Headquarters for both departments is at 152 Park Street in the public safety building. NRFD is staffed by Full-time members, and is supplemented by a smaller call member roster. The 152 Park St. station holds Engine 1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Engine 4, Ladder 1, Rescue 1 and Rescue 2. There is also the Essex County Technical Rescue unit which is stored in town as well.
|* = population estimate. Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.|
As of the census 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 per square mile (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.
|Clerk of Courts:||Michael A. Sullivan|
|District Attorney:||Gerard T. Leone, Jr. Jess ruless|
|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 Representative(s):||Bradley Jones, Jr. (R)|
|State Senator(s):||Bruce Tarr (R)|
|Governor's Councilor(s):||Mary-Ellen Manning (D)|
|U.S. Representative(s):||John F. Tierney (D-6th District),|
|U.S. Senators:||Elizabeth Warren (D), Ed Markey (D)|
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.
- William Taylor Adams, (1822–1897), author under the name "Oliver Optic"
- Jonathan Bird, Emmy-winning television producer
- Edward J. Collins, Jr., government official
- Jon Favreau, (1981–Present), Director of Speechwriting for Barack Obama
- Ryan Fitzgerald, Ice hockey player at Boston College, picked in the 4th round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins.
- Tom Fitzgerald, Assistant General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins
- Art Kenney, retired principal of North Reading High School and one of the oldest living former Major League baseball players.
- Frank Reardon, (1974–present), Poet and author.
- George Frederick Root (August 30, 1820 – August 6, 1895) was an American songwriter, who found particular fame during the American Civil War.
- Alexandra Carpenter is an American Ice hockey player at Boston College Eagles women's ice hockey, a member of the 2014 United States Olympic team.
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- "North Reading Resident, Jonathan Bird, Wins Emmy". North Reading Patch. AOL Inc.
- "Former Billerica resident brings Stanley Cup to Ipswich River Park in North Reading". Wicked Local Billerica. Perinton, New York: GateHouse Media.
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