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. About 24,804 people live in Wakefield.

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.


Total Population 25,835
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 14,251
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 53.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 45.3%
Median Earnings25+ $52,906
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,946
Median Earnings With High School Degree $38,370


Median Family Income $105,437
% Above Poverty Level 95.4%
% Below Poverty Level 4.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 7.9%


People Living Alone 26.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,179
Median House Value $406,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.9%
US/American 1%
English 12.5%
Irish 35.6%

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


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

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
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
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 12,058 $127,000
Melrose 27,509 $113,560
Reading 25,176 $121,898
Saugus 27,369 $90,699
Stoneham 21,611 $101,588
Woburn 38,826 $97,107

Wakefield Public Libraries

Lucius Beebe Memorial Library
Wakefield, Massachusetts
(781) 246-6334
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Wakefield High Schools

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Student/teacher ratio: 10.9

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.6

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