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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population14,088
Male Share of the Population50.7%
Female Share of the Population49.3%
Senior Citizens17.8%
Employed Population 16+6,803
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married62.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher67.7%
Median Earnings25+$75,468
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,063

Wealth

Median Family Income$146,146
% Above Poverty Level97.2%
% Below Poverty Level2.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home7.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.8%
% Using Public Transportation1.9%

Housing

People Living Alone23.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,703
Median House Value$595,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26.2%
Irish16.9%
Italian13.9%
English10.5%
German8.1%
French Except Basque4.9%
Polish4.4%
Scottish3.5%
Russian2.8%
Canadian2.8%
Swedish2%
US/American1.6%
African1.5%
Portuguese1.2%
Ukrainian1.2%
Hungarian0.9%
Dutch0.8%
Arab0.7%
Syrian0.6%
West Indian0.5%
Haitian0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Greek0.4%
Brazilian0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Australian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Czech0.2%
Lebanese0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Bedford Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes1730, 1731
Phone Area Codes781,857
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.48
Approximate Longitude-71.26

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)

StationBEDFORD
Distance0.6 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.9 inches
StationREADING
Distance7.5 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches
StationFRAMINGHAM
Distance16 miles
Jan Temp16 to 36 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Billerica42,228$108,006
Burlington25,698$110,517
Concord19,432$158,247
Lexington32,936$181,699
Lincoln6,651$142,661
Woburn39,220$101,373

Bedford Public Libraries

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

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Bedford Hospitals

Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
(Government - Federal)
200 Springs Rd

Bedford Public Schools

Bedford High
9 Mudge Way
ZIP: 1730
(781) 275-1700
High
Total Enrollment 913
Lt Job Lane School
66 Sweetwater Avenue
ZIP: 1730
(781) 275-7606
Primary
Total Enrollment 540
Lt Elezer Davis
410 Davis Rd
ZIP: 1730
(781) 275-6804
Primary
Total Enrollment 567
John Glenn Middle
99 Mcmahon Road
ZIP: 1730
(781) 275-3201
Middle
Total Enrollment 502
Hanscom Middle
6 Ent Road
ZIP: 1731
(781) 274-0050
Middle
Total Enrollment 233

Bedford Private Schools

Bedford Montessori School
153 Concord Rd
ZIP: 1730
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Nashoba Learning Group
10 Oak Park Dr
ZIP: 1730
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 86
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