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  3. Housing
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  7. Jobs
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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 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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Medford Rankings

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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
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    9
    41
  • Robbery
    24
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    200
    500
  • Theft
    845
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    110
    284
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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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Medford Reviews

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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!
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I have lived in Medford for three years, after having spent the previous twelve living in neighboring Somerville. Medford is a very safe and friendly place. The Fells woods and trails is an amazing place to hike or go for a walk. In Medford Square there are dozens of restaurant choices and for entertainment there is the Chevalier Theatre with lots of live music and comedy acts. Very easy access to interstate 93, route 16, route 2. Very easy to get to bordering towns Somerville, Arlington, and Winchester, but at a much more affordable price than those towns. A brand new state-of-the-art public library will be built within the next few years. The Medford Arts Council supports local artists and funds public art around Medford. It is a really great place for someone to buy their first home.
I love Medford - very diverse and very close to the entertainment areas in Somerville and Cambridge. We don't go south or the river much but its an easy commute to go to down town Boston. We live near a 3000 acre urban forest which is the Middlesex Fells reservation. Great hiking trails that make you feel you're in Western Mass. All new schools, and the High School has more AP courses than any other school in the state, and is also very ethnically diverse. Plenty of good restaurants especially asian . People are friendly and also a new dog park situated in a park by the Mystic River. A competent and efficient city administration and mayor. I wished that city councilors were by district like Somerville instead of all at large . Wouldn't want to be anywhere else.