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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population26,399
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens16.2%
Employed Population 16+14,862
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married54.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher49.5%
Median Earnings25+$56,406
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$31,026
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,768

Wealth

Median Family Income$113,665
% Above Poverty Level96.1%
% Below Poverty Level3.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.2%
% Using Public Transportation8.8%

Housing

People Living Alone25.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,242
Median House Value$433,000

Ancestry

Irish34.8%
Italian28.8%
English12.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)10.2%
German5.7%
Canadian5.1%
French Except Basque5%
Polish4.1%
Portuguese2.7%
Greek2.4%
Scottish2%
Russian1.7%
Swedish1.4%
Arab1%
Dutch0.9%
Lebanese0.8%
Lithuanian0.8%
Brazilian0.7%
US/American0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Albanian0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Finnish0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
West Indian0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Latvian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Slovene0.2%
Bahamian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
African0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
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Wakefield Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes1880
Phone Area Codes339,781
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.5
Approximate Longitude-71.06

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)

StationREADING
Distance3.1 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
StationMARBLEHEAD
Distance10.5 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp63 to 82 F
Oct Temp45 to 62 F
Annual Precip45.5 inches
StationBEDFORD
Distance10.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Lynnfield12,489$136,250
Melrose27,787$117,355
Reading25,490$130,577
Saugus27,773$92,181
Stoneham21,831$113,131
Woburn39,220$101,373

Wakefield Public Libraries

Lucius Beebe Memorial Library
345 MAIN STREET
Wakefield, Massachusetts
(781) 246-6334

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Wakefield Public Schools

Galvin Middle School
525 Main St
(781) 246-6410
Middle
Total Enrollment 1050
Woodville School
30 Farm St
(781) 246-6469
Primary
Total Enrollment 426
Greenwood
1030 Main St
(781) 246-6460
Primary
Total Enrollment 264
Walton
18 Davidson Rd
(781) 246-6494
Primary
Total Enrollment 203
Northeast Metro Regional Vocational
100 Hemlock Rd
(781) 246-0810
High
Total Enrollment 1251
Dolbeare
340 Lowell St
(781) 246-6480
Primary
Total Enrollment 449
Wakefield Memorial High
60 Farm St
(781) 246-6440
High
Total Enrollment 973

Wakefield Private Schools

St Joseph School
15 Gould St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 163
Odyssey Day School
11 Paul Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 58
Nazareth Academy
27 Cordis St
Secondary
Total Enrollment 72
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