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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 26,823. Wakefield is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Wakefield offers residents a 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
26,823

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$448,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,302
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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Wakefield Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    140
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    18
    41
  • Robbery
    11
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    133
    500
  • Theft
    555
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    33
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    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
$92,252
National
$55,322
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Wakefield Reviews

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I really like the community here. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming. I would like to see more nightlife. There is hardly anything that happens after 6pm here. A good thing is that it's always quiet!
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Great place to grow up! There is limited night life but the restaurants are getting better. The high school needs to be renovated soon. This is a huge flaw of wakefield at the moment. The elementary and middle school has been redone but now those kids with modern technology then enter the high school with a structure from the 70s.
I attended school in Wakefield, and it was a good experience. Though a lot of the individual teachers could improve, overall, the school system tries to do right by its students.
I'd love to see Wakefield's diversity increase. The town is easily more than 90% white.