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, AKA "Restaurant Row" is located in the downtown area features unique shops, numerous restaurants and bars and an active nightlife
  • 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
  • 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.


Total Population 62,438
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 13.2%
Employed Population 16+ 34,574
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 38.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.7%
Median Earnings25+ $49,217
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,045
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,253


Median Family Income $91,329
% Above Poverty Level 90%
% Below Poverty Level 10%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.2%
% Using Public Transportation 7.9%


People Living Alone 35.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,385
Median House Value $417,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.7%
US/American 2.4%
English 7.1%
Irish 19.1%

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

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


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

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
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

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 Population Median Family Income

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

Waltham Public Libraries

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

Serves 1,486 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.1

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