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Waltham, Massachusetts


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Waltham, Massachusetts

Introduction to Waltham, Massachusetts

Waltham, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 9 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The municipality is located along the Charles River. Waltham means "home in the woods." The city was one of the prominent manufacturing locations during the Industrial Revolution. It's known as "Watch City" due to formerly being a prominent watch making location. Waltham includes numerous high-tech companies and is located in the Boston Route 128 High Technology Corridor. The town is a Boston suburb but has kept its unique character.

Waltham History

The area was settled in 1634 and was known as Watertown. Waltham was incorporated as a town in 1738. During the early portion of the 19th century the notable Boston Manufacturing Company was established in Waltham. It's regarded as one of the initial integrated textile mills in the nation. In 1854 the prominent Waltham Watch Company was established and was the first to produce watches by utilizing an assembly line. Over 40 million watches, clocks and instruments were produced. In the early stages of the 20th century the town was home to Metz, an automobile manufacturer.

Waltham Attractions

  • Gore Place is an historic mansion and includes a large carriage house.
  • Robert Treat Paine Estate is a historic country home.
  • Moody Street located in the downtown area features unique shops, numerous restaurants and bars and an active nightlife. Moody Street is also known as "Restaurant Row."
  • Lyman Estate is a notable historic Federal style mansion and features a grand ballroom.
  • The Sports Authority Training Center is home to a practice facility of the Boston Celtics.
  • Concerts on Waltham Common offers musical entertainment during the summer.
  • Charles River Museum of History is situated in the historic Boston Manufacturing Company textile mill. It features exhibits on a variety of inventions including steam engines, timepieces, bicycles, machine tools, automobiles and generators.
  • A. Wherehouse was used by the well known rock band Aerosmith. It features a recording studio and a stage.
  • Waltham Museum.
  • Codman House.
  • Waltham Watch Company Building.
  • Rose Art Museum is situated on the Brandeis University campus.
  • Gropius House.
  • Reagle Players.
  • Bentley College Performing Arts Series.
  • Numerous antique shops.

Waltham Activities

The Charles River is utilized for sailing, canoeing, kayaking, rowing and sculling. The River Walk is a scenic walking and bicycle riding trail situated along the Charles River. The nearby Waldon Pond Forest is a scenic location. The city features an active nightlife and The Watch City Brewing Company and Skellig are two of the popular destinations. Residents enjoy the activities and the professional sports teams located in nearby Boston.

Waltham Higher Education

The city is home to Bentley College and Brandeis University.

Waltham Transportation

The MTBA offers commuter rail and bus services.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Waltham Racial Diversity
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 6% Waltham Walking and Biking to Work
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Waltham Low Property Crime
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Waltham Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Waltham Well-Paid Single Men
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Waltham Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Waltham, Massachusetts

Comparing Waltham 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 Women 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 10 9
Male Share of the Population 8 7
Senior Citizens 6 6
Racial Diversity 6 10
Age of the Population 5 1
Female Share of the Population 3 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Portion of People Married 3 1
Average Household Size 2 2

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
College Educated Adults 8 7
Median Family Income 8 6
People in Middle Class or Better 7 4
People Above Poverty 7 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 9 10
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Short Commute Times 6 8
Working at Home 5 3

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
People Living Alone 9 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 6
Affordability of Rents 2 2
Housing Recently Built 2 3

Crime

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Low Property Crime 10 5
Low Violent Crime 9 5

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Waltham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 9 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 02451, 02452, 02453
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02454, 02455
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.376
Longitude -71.236

Waltham 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 7.8 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
Station READING
Distance 11 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 WALPOLE 2
Distance 14.5 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
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Waltham Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 59,226 100%
Male 29,194 49.3%
Female 30,032 50.7%
Under 18 9,173 15.5%
18+ 50,053 84.5%
65+ 7,775 13.1%
Median Age 34.2
Average Family Size 3.01
White 49,145 83%
African-American 2,614 4.4%
Asian 4,318 7.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 95 0.2%
Other 1,896 3.2%
Mixed Race 1,120 1.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 5,031 8.5%

Estimated Waltham Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 59,556
Growth 330
Growth % 0.6%

Waltham 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.5%
Italian 18.2%
Irish 17.7%
English 5.5%
French Canadian 5.3%
US/American 3.5%
German 3.1%
French (except Basque) 2.9%
Polish 2.2%
Russian 2.1%
Armenian 2%
Haitian 1.9%
Canadian 1.5%
Greek 1.4%
Scottish 1.4%
Swedish 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
African 0.6%
Portuguese 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
European 0.5%
Norwegian 0.5%
British 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
Lebanese 0.4%
Dutch 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
Cape Verdean 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Israeli 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Waltham, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

North Waltham (02451, 02452, 02455)
South Waltham (02453)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Waltham 59,226 $64,595
Belmont 24,194 $95,057
Lexington 30,355 $111,899
Lincoln 8,056 $87,842
Newton 83,829 $105,289
Watertown 32,986 $67,441
Weston 11,469 $181,041

Waltham Public Libraries

Library
Waltham Public Library
735 MAIN ST.
Waltham, Massachusetts
(781) 314-3425
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Waltham High Schools (2004)

WALTHAM SR HIGH
617 LEXINGTON STREET
781-314-5445
Serves 1,486 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.1

Waltham Colleges

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1. Salem, Massachusetts 90.9   34.9% 14.1% 31.1% 29 $55,635 5.6% 14.6% 40,407 9.7% 26.3 0.4% 2.1
2. Watertown, Massachusetts 90.9   34.1% 16.7% 47.2% 27 $67,441 4.7% 8.6% 32,986 6.3% 16.8 0.3% 1.4
3. Highland Park, New Jersey 90.2   31.6% 11.9% 59.5% 30 $71,267 6% 27.9% 13,999 8.4% 14.6 0.4% 0.8
4. South Pasadena, California 89   34.9% 11.4% 56.1% 28 $72,039 4.8% 39.7% 24,292 6.1% 23.4 0.4% 2.1
5. Burbank, California 88.9   33.5% 12.8% 29% 27 $56,767 5.7% 27.8% 100,316 10.5% 28.4 0.4% 2.6
6. Somerville, Massachusetts 88.6   31% 10.5% 40.6% 30 $51,243 4.5% 23% 77,478 12.5% 23.6 0.3% 3.3
7. Hackensack, New Jersey 88.2   39.8% 12.5% 29.1% 29 $56,953 5.8% 47.4% 42,677 9.3% 27.3 0.6% 3.3
8. Northampton, Massachusetts 87.9   37.4% 13.8% 46.1% 21 $56,844 4.1% 10% 28,978 9.8% 29.7 1% 3.2
9. Princeton, New Jersey 87.9   40.3% 9.3% 60.1% 21 $102,957 3.1% 19.7% 14,203 9% 12.5 1.1% 0.4
10. Lakewood, Ohio 87.9   43.6% 12.2% 35.9% 23 $53,433 5.9% 6.9% 56,646 8.9% 20.7 0.5% 2.2
11. Hopkins, Minnesota 87.5   43.3% 14.5% 35% 21 $50,359 5.8% 17.4% 17,145 9.3% 21.8 0.3% 1.7
12. Shorewood, Wisconsin 87.4   39.4% 14.5% 62.9% 21 $67,589 4.9% 8.6% 13,763 6.7% 27.2 0.3% 1.4
13. Maple Shade, New Jersey 87   36% 15.4% 21.4% 25 $53,912 5.6% 16.8% 19,079 5.4% 22.8 0.6% 3.6
14. Redondo Beach, California 86.8   33.1% 8.5% 48% 30 $80,543 5.7% 21.4% 63,261 5.9% 27.4 0.6% 2.9
15. Portsmouth, New Hampshire 86.5   38.7% 16.3% 41.9% 22 $59,630 4.9% 6.5% 20,784 9.3% 28.7 0.8% 2.3
16. Arlington, Massachusetts 86.1   34.2% 16.8% 52.8% 31 $78,741 6% 9% 42,389 4.1% 11.5 0.3% 1.2
17. Woburn, Massachusetts 86   28.6% 15.4% 29.5% 24 $66,364 5.8% 9.4% 37,258 6.1% 20.9 0.5% 2.3
18. Berea, Ohio 85.9   32.4% 14.3% 29.3% 23 $59,194 5% 8.5% 18,970 5.5% 19.3 0.3% 1.8
19. Sierra Madre, California 85.7   35.2% 15.7% 49.7% 28 $79,588 5.3% 14.2% 10,578 3.7% 10.2 0.6% 0.5
20. Dover, New Hampshire 84   31.1% 13.7% 32.4% 23 $57,050 5.7% 5.5% 26,884 8.4% 23.4 0.6% 0.8
21. Los Gatos, California 83.7   30% 15.3% 58.9% 28 $119,194 5% 13.3% 28,592 4.3% 20 0.9% 1.1
22. Clinton, Massachusetts 83.5   33.1% 15% 23% 25 $53,308 6% 11.8% 13,435 7.1% 4.5 0.5% 0.5
23. Cranston, Rhode Island 80.9   29.4% 17.3% 24.6% 21 $55,241 5.3% 10.8% 79,269 7.3% 27.8 0.3% 1.9
24. Farmington Hills, Michigan 79.6   29.6% 14.4% 47.9% 27 $88,138 6% 17.1% 82,111 4.1% 19.9 0.8% 1.8
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