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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 13,921
Male Share of the Population 49.9%
Female Share of the Population 50.1%
Senior Citizens 16.6%
Employed Population 16+ 6,612
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 63.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 66.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $139,205
% Above Poverty Level 96.3%
% Below Poverty Level 3.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 9.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 23.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,637
Median House Value $578,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.6%
US/American 1.8%
English 10.3%
Irish 17.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Billerica 41,956 $106,812
Burlington 25,467 $109,726
Concord 19,271 $156,596
Lexington 32,700 $179,144
Lincoln 7,270 $136,684
Woburn 39,104 $97,015

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bedford Public Libraries

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

Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
(VA)
200 Springs Rd.
781-687-2000 or (800) 422-1617
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Bedford High Schools

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

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