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The Revere Community Schools Initiative

The Revere Community Schools Initiative, led by the City of Revere, will address issues related to financial literacy, physical and mental health wellness, social network and access to resources, career and workforce development, and educational attainment for adult Revere residents by bringing together resources in an adult education school. The initiative also aims to equip new residents with the necessary skills to participate in civic life. The Revere Chamber of Commerce, the Office of New Revere Residents, and the Massachusetts General Hospital/Revere CARES coalition have partnered.

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Learn about Revere

Founded in 1871, Revere was never a center of heavy industry but has nevertheless faced a challenge shared by many older industrial cities: a need to make the transition from an older economic model to a newer, more sustainable one. In Revere's case, the older economic model depended heavily on summer amusement.

At its height in the 1940s, Revere hosted dance halls, ballrooms, and night clubs that welcomed some of America's top entertainers. The beach was home to a dog track, Suffolk Downs horse racing, and an amusement park. After a slow decline, the amusement park closed in the 1970s.

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Unlike many older Massachusetts cities, Revere did not experience a decline in population during the second half of the 20th century. Census data show that its population increased from 40,080 in 1960 to 51,755 in 2010. Population grew by almost 10% between 2000 and 2011.

Revere MA
Persons under 18 years 20.3% 21.7%
Persons 65 years and over 14.5% 13.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4% 0.3%
Asian alone 5.6% 5.3%
Black or African-American alone 4.9% 6.6%
Hispanic or Latino 24.4% 9.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander <0.1% 0.0%
Two or more races 3.3% 2.6%
White alone 74.1% 80.4%
White alone (not Hispanic or Latino) 62.4% 76.1%

For most of the 20th century, Revere's social and cultural landscape was dominated by a tightly knit working class Italian community that remains strong today. Although the city is still predominantly White, the Black and Hispanic populations tripled between 2000 and 2011. There also has been a dramatic increase in the Arabic population.

"Revere is a city bordering a beach. Block after block stretch out the crowded habitations of those who from the Fourth of July till Labor Day will house or feed or amuse the vast throngs who cannot frequent expensive resorts and who take their sea air and their bright lights where they can afford it. The three-mile stretch of broad, sandy beach is one of the best in Massachusetts. Hundreds of amusement palaces line the promenade. … And everywhere there is music …"

Massachusetts: A Guide to Its Places and People, 1937

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Starting in the 1980s, Revere became a resettlement area for Cambodians and later for Bosnian and Somali immigrants and refugees. According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey five-year estimates for 2007-2011, 30.5% of Revere residents are foreign born, compared with 14.7% statewide.

  • 12.3% born in Africa
  • 13.5% born in Asia
  • 15.7% born in Europe
  • 57.8% born in Latin America
  • 0.5% born in Northern America
  • 0.1% born in Oceania

The American Community Survey also shows that:

  • The homeownership rate is 50.0%, compared with 63.6% statewide.
  • Revere’s median home value is $327,800, compared with $343,500 statewide.
  • Median household income is $50,592, compared with $65,981 statewide.
  • 78.8% of Revere residents 25 and over have graduated high school, compared with 88.9% statewide.
  • 18.5% of residents have earned a bachelor’s degree, compared with 38.7% statewide.
  • 16.2% of Revere residents are below the poverty level, compared with 10.7% statewide.
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Compare a range of demographic data for Revere’s low- and moderate-income populations. 
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Check out detailed stats on income, employment, education, health, and more provided by Clark University researchers for the Working Cities Challenge.

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Median home value increased by 45% between 2000 and 2011, from $214,471 to $311,700—despite economic woes in the housing market.

According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, as of June 2013, Revere’s unemployment rate was 8.1%, compared with 7.4% statewide. Clark University researchers found that the following employers are Revere’s five largest:

  • City of Revere
  • Revere Public Schools
  • Annemark Nursing Home, Inc.
  • Revere Hotel Group
  • The New England Confectionary Company

A major transit-oriented development at the Wonderland subway station is in the works. The city has focused on assembling state and federal funding for critical infrastructure to support job creation and mixed-use development. A 1,465-car garage opened about a year ago. A public plaza to support planned commercial development and an attractive pedestrian bridge linking the transit node to the historic Revere Beach Reservation were opened in July 2013. Nearly $76 million in public funds have been invested so far.

Revere’s Working Cities application states that the Shirley Avenue Community Visioning & Action Planning Process is a project through which, in partnership with neighbors, the City of Revere and community stakeholders “celebrate and preserve the culture and diversity of the neighborhood, [provide] and create economic and learning opportunities to ensure our resident base is vital and strategically positioned to succeed (financially and professionally) in the future, encourage high quality growth of local business while strengthening our current merchant base, transform our community into a welcoming environment for visitors and residents alike, one that is clean, healthy, vibrant and sustainable, for a social compact between community stakeholders and the City.”