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Bedford, Massachusetts

Introduction to Bedford, Massachusetts

Bedford, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 8 miles N of Waltham, Massachusetts and 14 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is included in the Boston metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 12,595 people lived in Bedford.

Bedford History

Bedford, Massachusetts was first inhabited in the year 1640. The area was taken mostly from Billerica, with some land added from Concord and Lexington when it was officially incorporated in the year 1729. The first community that lived in the region survived mainly on farming and basic industries. The region’s history is documented in the Bedford collection at the Bedford Public Library. Tourists are drawn to the historic sites which include the Wilson Mill, Old Burying Ground, the Job Lane House and the original Bedford Flag that was taken to the battle of Lexington and Concord in the year 1775.

Bedford and nearby Attractions

  • Georgetown Rowley State Forest
  • Franklin Park
  • Great Brook Farm State Park
  • Hopkinton State Park
  • Silver Lake State Park
  • Whitehall State Park

Things To Do In Bedford

There are many open spaces and parks in the city which make for great places to hang out during leisure time. These places are also ideal for picnics and the townspeople regularly organize exciting events for both kids and adults in the parks. The city is also dotted with various restaurants and cafes, which serve mouthwatering dishes.

Bedford Transportation

Air transportation in the city is provided by Boston Logan International.

City Higher Education

Bentley College serves the city.

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High Points

Bedford strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Bedford Low Property Crime
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Bedford Low Violent Crime
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Bedford People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Bedford Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Bedford College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Bedford Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Bedford Well-Paid Single Women
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Bedford Low Rate of Poverty
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 19% Bedford Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Bedford, Massachusetts

Comparing Bedford to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).


The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Age of the Population 10 9
Male Share of the Population 9 8
Senior Citizens 9 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 7
Racial Diversity 5 9
Female Share of the Population 2 3

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Portion of People Married 9 8
Average Household Size 7 6

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
College Educated Adults 10 9
Median Family Income 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Working at Home 9 7
Public Transportation Use 8 6
Walking and Biking to Work 6 7
Short Commute Times 4 7

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 3
Housing Recently Built 4 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 6
People Living Alone 3 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
Affordability of Rents 1 1

Crime

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Low Property Crime 10 10
Low Violent Crime 10 10

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Bedford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles N of Waltham, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 14 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 01730, 01731
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.49
Longitude -71.276

Bedford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:
  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station BEDFORD
Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
Station READING
Distance 7.5 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station FRAMINGHAM
Distance 16 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
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Bedford Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 12,595 100%
Male 6,275 49.8%
Female 6,320 50.2%
Under 18 2,972 23.6%
18+ 9,623 76.4%
65+ 2,311 18.3%
Median Age 42.1
Average Family Size 3.04
White 11,486 91.2%
African-American 208 1.7%
Asian 680 5.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 28 0.2%
Other 43 0.3%
Mixed Race 150 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 227 1.8%

Estimated Bedford Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 12,462
Growth -133
Growth % -1.1%

Bedford Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 19.9%
Italian 13.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.9%
English 10.1%
German 8.1%
US/American 5.8%
French Canadian 3.2%
Scottish 2.7%
Polish 2.5%
Russian 2.4%
French (except Basque) 2.1%
Canadian 1.7%
Greek 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
Swedish 1.4%
Portuguese 1.2%
British 1%
European 0.9%
Syrian 0.7%
Hungarian 0.7%
Armenian 0.7%
Dutch 0.7%
Welsh 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Norwegian 0.6%
Northern European 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
Iranian 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
African 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Bedford 12,595 $101,081
Billerica 38,981 $72,102
Burlington 22,876 $82,072
Concord 16,993 $115,839
Lexington 30,355 $111,899
Lincoln 8,056 $87,842
Woburn 37,258 $66,364

Bedford Public Libraries

Library
Bedford Free Public Library
7 MUDGE WAY
Bedford, Massachusetts
(781) 275-9440
Library Web Site

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Bedford Hospitals

Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
(VA)
200 Springs Rd.
781-687-2000 or (800) 422-1617
Emergency Service:

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Bedford High Schools (2004)

BEDFORD HIGH
9 MUDGE WAY
781-275-1700
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 719 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

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1. Cranford, New Jersey 92.3   22% 17.9% 43% 31 $86,624 6.5% 6.3% 22,578 2.5% 11.5 0.3% 0.4
2. Florham Park, New Jersey 92   20.8% 20.4% 57.7% 28 $102,047 6.1% 6% 8,857 5.8% 13.1 0.5% 0.5
3. Needham, Massachusetts 91.2   23.4% 18% 64.9% 29 $107,570 7.4% 5.2% 28,911 2.5% 8.5 0.5% 0.3
4. Winchester, Massachusetts 91.1   22% 17.1% 64.9% 30 $110,226 7.3% 6.9% 20,810 2.6% 12.2 0.6% 0.8
5. Pequannock, New Jersey 91   20.8% 14.1% 37.5% 28 $84,487 6.8% 3.4% 13,888 3% 13.6 0.3% 0.4
6. West Caldwell, New Jersey 91   19.1% 19.1% 48.1% 28 $94,379 7.2% 6.2% 11,233 2.1% 9.3 0.2% 0.5
7. Los Altos, California 90.5   18.7% 19.3% 71.3% 23 $148,201 5.9% 19.7% 27,693 2.4% 10.3 0.3% 0.4
8. Morris, New Jersey 90.3   21.8% 15.4% 63.6% 30 $116,866 7.2% 11.4% 21,796 3.8% 7.7 0.6% 1.1
9. Westwood, Massachusetts 89.7   22.4% 19.1% 57.4% 31 $103,242 7.8% 4% 14,117 2.5% 10.1 0.6% 0.4
10. Walpole, Massachusetts 89.6   22.6% 14.4% 39.8% 32 $84,458 6.8% 4.6% 22,824 2.2% 11.4 0.3% 0.9
11. Wayland, Massachusetts 89.5   16% 14.3% 68.3% 32 $113,671 7.2% 7.8% 13,100 2.5% 8.5 0.7% 0.3
12. Hanover, New Jersey 89.5   19.5% 14.9% 41.5% 24 $93,937 6.4% 11.2% 12,898 1.2% 13.5 0.2% 1.2
13. New Providence, New Jersey 89.5   21.4% 15.3% 58.1% 31 $105,013 7.8% 10.2% 11,907 1.8% 8.4 0.2% 0.6
14. Oradell, New Jersey 89.4   15.5% 16.6% 51.8% 35 $102,842 6.3% 9.9% 8,047 2.4% 8.3 0.3% 0.4
15. Wyckoff, New Jersey 89.4   14.7% 15.8% 56.6% 32 $117,864 7.2% 5.5% 16,508 1.8% 7.5 0.4% 0.4
16. Milton, Massachusetts 89.2   21.3% 16.2% 52.2% 31 $94,359 6.3% 14.6% 26,062 2.8% 9 0.2% 0.7
17. Shelton, Connecticut 89.1   21.7% 14.9% 29.9% 26 $75,523 6.2% 5.6% 38,101 3.2% 13.2 0.7% 0.8
18. Mountainside, New Jersey 89.1   17.8% 24.9% 47.9% 31 $105,773 6.1% 4.9% 6,602 3% 9.7 0.2% 0.6
19. Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 88.7   14.7% 16.4% 52.3% 32 $118,862 8% 10.4% 13,407 2.1% 6.5 0.6% 0.5
20. Reading, Massachusetts 88.5   22.4% 14.2% 47.8% 28 $89,076 7.2% 3.5% 23,708 2.6% 6.6 0.1% 0.7
21. Lincoln Park, New Jersey 88.2   26.7% 14.8% 32.9% 28 $77,307 5.8% 9.9% 10,930 2.8% 8.7 0.2% 0.4
22. Metuchen, New Jersey 88.1   23.1% 14.9% 49.2% 34 $85,022 6.6% 15.6% 12,840 3.9% 16 0.2% 1.1
23. Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan 88   21.9% 18.2% 51.2% 25 $89,086 6% 3.7% 17,080 2.4% 10.8 0.4% 0.9
24. Haddonfield, New Jersey 88   23.9% 15.9% 64.9% 29 $103,597 6.4% 3.5% 11,659 2.2% 13.1 0.3% 0.8
25. Mendham, New Jersey 87.9   18.9% 16.8% 62.2% 33 $129,812 6.9% 2.9% 5,097 4.1% 8.2 0.5% 1
26. Beverly Hills, Michigan 87.5   23.6% 19.1% 62.8% 24 $102,223 5.9% 6.8% 10,437 2.3% 11.3 0.5% 0.8
27. Hillsdale, New Jersey 87.3   15.8% 14.8% 45.9% 32 $90,861 7.3% 7.6% 10,087 3.3% 5.8 0.1% 0.9
28. Waldwick, New Jersey 87.3   18.7% 15.2% 36.7% 28 $82,208 7.6% 7.3% 9,622 2.1% 7.7 0.2% 0.5
29. Cresskill, New Jersey 87.1   15.7% 16.9% 50.1% 36 $96,245 6.8% 21.9% 7,746 3% 12.8 0.3% 0.5
30. Emerson, New Jersey 87.1   14.4% 18.8% 40.3% 32 $80,468 6.9% 10.4% 7,197 2.4% 6.1 0.1% 0.6
31. River Edge, New Jersey 87.1   22.6% 17% 45.4% 33 $80,422 7.1% 15.9% 10,946 3.1% 10.7 0.3% 0.6
32. Wood-Ridge, New Jersey 87   26.1% 17% 27.7% 27 $72,500 6.1% 9% 7,644 1.6% 7.1 0.2% 0.7
33. Cumberland, Rhode Island 86.8   22.3% 16% 29.5% 25 $63,194 6.2% 3.3% 31,840 3.9% 18.6 0.3% 0.4
34. Old Tappan, New Jersey 86.5   12.2% 14.6% 49.4% 35 $106,772 6.3% 17.3% 5,482 1.8% 5.5 0.3% 0.4
35. Broadview Heights, Ohio 86.4   27.3% 15% 36.7% 27 $69,343 6.2% 5% 15,967 3.2% 6.8 0.6% 1.2
36. Maywood, New Jersey 86.3   24.9% 17.5% 31.2% 26 $73,419 6.5% 15.4% 9,523 3.3% 12 0.3% 0.2
37. Wyoming, Ohio 86.3   20.4% 14.2% 68% 22 $103,089 6% 12.5% 8,261 1.4% 13.8 0.7% 0.4
38. Livingston, New Jersey 86   13% 15.4% 57.7% 32 $108,049 7% 17.4% 27,391 1.8% 18.6 0.3% 1.2
39. Scotch Plains, New Jersey 86   20.9% 14.1% 49.7% 35 $96,238 7.8% 21.1% 22,732 3% 11.2 0.2% 0.9
40. Belmont, Massachusetts 85.9   25.8% 16.7% 63.1% 28 $95,057 5.8% 8.8% 24,194 4.4% 8.1 0.4% 1
41. Malverne, New York 85.9   15.3% 15.6% 36.7% 36 $87,197 6.5% 8% 8,934 1.6% 3.3 0.2% 0.9
42. East Hanover, New Jersey 85.8   13.5% 14.6% 33.4% 26 $88,348 6.3% 12.9% 11,393 1.7% 17.9 0.2% 0.7
43. Wakefield, Massachusetts 85.7   26.2% 15.1% 39.7% 29 $77,834 6.4% 3.1% 24,804 3.1% 9.2 0.2% 0.6
44. Rockville Centre, New York 85.5   26.8% 16.3% 50.1% 37 $103,315 6.6% 9.1% 24,568 5% 11.5 0.7% 0.5
45. Ellisville, Missouri 85.4   20% 14.6% 37.9% 28 $74,375 6.8% 4.9% 9,104 3.5% 8.8 0.2% 0.7
46. Lynbrook, New York 85.1   24.8% 17.7% 29.7% 35 $75,023 5.9% 7.9% 19,911 4.2% 8.4 0.5% 0.8
47. Hawthorne, New Jersey 84.9   26.4% 15.5% 25.6% 25 $65,451 6.3% 6.2% 18,218 3.4% 14.1 0.3% 0.6
48. Mount Laurel, New Jersey 84.6   28% 14.7% 42.1% 30 $76,288 6.1% 12.9% 40,221 3.1% 19.5 0.4% 1.1
49. Pitman, New Jersey 84.6   26% 15% 31.7% 26 $59,419 5.8% 2.8% 9,331 5.6% 11.8 0.2% 0.1
50. Middlesex, New Jersey 84.5   21.7% 14.2% 23.4% 26 $70,343 6.7% 12.7% 13,717 3.6% 9.4 0.1% 1.2
51. Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 83.9   26.2% 17% 29.9% 29 $75,032 5.8% 12.1% 11,662 4.2% 13.1 0.2% 0.3
52. Rochelle Park, New Jersey 83   27.3% 23.9% 23.7% 28 $74,016 5.6% 9.9% 5,528 2.9% 18.1 0.2% 0.5
53. East Greenwich, New Jersey 82.3   17.4% 14.9% 23.9% 28 $74,455 5.7% 5.3% 5,430 3.9% 14.2 0.3% 1.1
54. Spanish Fort, Alabama 81.9   24.1% 17.7% 39.1% 26 $67,844 5.8% 6.4% 5,423 2.8% 14.4 0.4% 0.9
55. Lopatcong, New Jersey 81.6   26% 22.2% 22.4% 34 $65,545 6.7% 3.7% 5,765 6.4% 13.2 0.2% 1.2
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