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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Wakefield is a suburb of Boston with a population of 26,960. Wakefield is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Wakefield offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Wakefield there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Wakefield and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Wakefield are above average.
About Wakefield...
Population
26,960

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$470,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,360
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    26%
  • Own
    74%
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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
    91.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    43.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    18.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    54.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    553.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    29.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Wakefield

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$95,302
National
$55,322
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I didn't grow up here, but Wakefield is my beloved home. It's beautiful, the people are kind, and it has many interesting small businesses and restaurants; there is a lot of fun to be had. Lake Quannapowitt is one of my favorite places to exercise; hoping to take my kayak out on it sometime this summer!
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Wakefield is a town. It is growing in popularity quickly with prices rising and condos being build. With Wakefield being my home town, I do not like to see the overcrowding of what once was a quaint small town. I hope they will keep developments from popping up. There are great restaurants, shopping, and parks. I take the little boy I nanny to playgrounds in Wakefield almost everyday and he has a great time. There are also great cafes where you can get coffee and pastries. I like to support small businesses in my town. The library is a beautiful, humongous historic building with years of history. It looks like it is out of a movie. They have a great kids section downstairs that I have many memories of including a reading incentive summer program where you would get prizes depending on how much you read. There is also beautiful Lake Quannapowitt where people come from all over to walk around. I like to walk the lake or spend time by the water. This is a great town to live in.
Great location, schools, and overall town to reside. Wakefield Lake is a wonderful attraction to visit. One thing I can think of that needs to change, pertains to the influx of housing and condominium developments that are becoming more and more common in the area. While I am not necessarily phased by it, a handful of other residents are.