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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Medford is a suburb of Boston with a population of 57,700. Medford is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Medford offers residents an urban feel and most residents own their homes. In Medford there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Medford and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Medford are above average.
About Medford...
Population
57,700

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$443,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,610
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    120.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    8.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    24.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    200.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    844.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    109.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    14%
  • 25-34 years
    21%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Medford

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$86,204
National
$55,322

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I am close to the MBTA, and to the Red line which gives me access to anywhere around Boston. In the next 3 years, the Green line will extend to a 7 minute walk from my house. Usually places near the T are very expensive, but Medford is quite affordable! If you own a car, there are very few places where there is not abundant street parking. My neighbors are all long time residences, and we share recycling bins, we help each other with dog-walking/sitting, pitch in with each other's shoveling, and other neighborly things. I love it here!
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Mid-20's, grew up in Medford. I do like the town, but since many speak highly about it here, I'm going to focus on the downsides.

First, the schools are bad. Getting better, but you know you have issues when I still hear about racially motivated fights breaking out, kids coming to school drunk, and teachers just not showing up. Kids have shown up with guns and knives. This is a problem.

Second, Medford has been hit pretty hard by the opioid crisis, like many towns in MA. While I know it isn't Medfords fault, I do wish more could be done about it.

Third, Medford isn't in great shape. Two decrepit houses on my street have been abandoned since I was a kid. Pothole all over. 2/3 of the streetlights near me don't work. I know it isnt just my neighborhood with this problem.

Lastly, if you are thinking about moving here, know that the RE market here is insane. Just beware that you might be paying more for a town that, like its neighbors (Everett, Revere, Chelsea) still has a ways to go.
I’ve lived in Medford my entire life and it’s been pretty decent. I have no complaints. The schools aren’t bad and there are plenty of things to do around town. Medford square is popping and you can even take a drive down Wellington circle into Assembly Row to see a movie, have dinner, or just hangout at an event taking place. Medford just got a new target as well!