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Overview

Introduction to Wakefield, Massachusetts

Wakefield, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 5 miles N of Malden, Massachusetts and 10 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the Boston metropolitan statistical area.

Wakefield History

In 1639, Wakefield was first settled. At that time it was a part of the Lynn Village. It was incorporated in 1812 and was named South Reading. In 1844, a railroad was built between Boston and Wilmington. The Rattan Works, which later on became the Wakefield Rattan Company, was established by Cyrus Wakefield in 1856. The town of Wakefield was named after him in 1868, as Cyrus donated land and money for the construction of the Town Hall.

Wakefield and nearby Attractions

  • Crystal Lake Dental
  • Lake Quannapowitt
  • James W Leach Memorial Park
  • Museum of Science
  • Salem Witch Museum

Things To Do In Wakefield

The town of Wakefield offers both summer and winter sports at Lake Quannapowitt. If you are fond of wind-surfing, you can enjoy your leisure time at the Wakefield yacht club. The Recreation Commission of Wakefield also organizes various sport programs and events.

Wakefield Transportation

Air transportation is available from Boston Logan International Airport.

Wakefield Higher Education

Tufts University is nearby.

People

Total Population 26,157
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 15.7%
Employed Population 16+ 14,244
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 54%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $104,285
% Above Poverty Level 95.2%
% Below Poverty Level 4.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 7.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,203
Median House Value $413,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11%
US/American 0.9%
English 12.5%
Irish 34.9%

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

Wakefield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles N of Malden, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 10 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 01880
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.506
Longitude -71.073

Wakefield 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 READING
Distance 3.1 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 MARBLEHEAD
Distance 10.5 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches
Station BEDFORD
Distance 10.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Lynnfield 12,270 $132,313
Melrose 27,681 $115,506
Reading 25,357 $124,485
Saugus 27,620 $90,984
Stoneham 21,752 $106,528
Woburn 39,104 $97,015

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

Wakefield Public Libraries

Library
Lucius Beebe Memorial Library
345 MAIN STREET
Wakefield, Massachusetts
(781) 246-6334
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100 HEMLOCK RD
781-246-0810
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,190 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.9

WAKEFIELD MEMORIAL HIGH
60 FARM STREET
781-246-6440
Serves 995 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.6

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