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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
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
About Waltham...
Population
62,699

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$434,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,428
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%
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Waltham 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
    123
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    19
    41
  • Robbery
    13
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    171
    500
  • Theft
    865
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    46
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$82,188
National
$55,322
Children
12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%
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Waltham Reviews

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Waltham is a wonderful place to live! It's friendly, diverse, and offers fantastic amenities. There are numerous infrastructure and beautification projects currently underway and the city has one of the most vibrant restaurant scenes in the region. Nearly all of the public schools in Waltham have enjoyed steady improvement and the high school is quickly emerging into the ranks of the state's top tier schools. Waltham is a very safe place to live. In most categories, Waltham's crime rates are 50% to 75% lower than the national average. There are numerous events, fairs, and concerts sponsored by the town, as well as activities at Waltham's community run farm at Gore place. There also many large parks and nature preserves for hiking and outdoor parties. The town even recently opened an outdoor putting area where people can play mini golf for free! I feel lucky to have found a home in a this gem of a community that is only a 20 minute drive from downtown Boston. I love Waltham!
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Waltham is under major renovations. They are building many condos and shopping plazas. I like that it is close to Boston and has the commuter rail and MBTA buses to get around. I do not like how expensive it has become to live there. Yet if you can afford it and don't like to be right in the middle of Boston them Waltham is perfect for you. Its about a 20-30 min drive to Boston and it has plenty to offer on its one with Main and Moody Streets both providing a great selection of restaurants and even has its own movie theater! Waltham is also home to Prospect Hill Park which is a great place for picnics, barbecues, walking, biking and much more; but the main attraction is at the very top you can look out over the city and see all the way to Boston! A secret gem that is worth the climb whether by car, or other.
Living near Moody Street and Main Street, both are filled with well-known restaurants with delicious cuisines. The Charles River flows right through Moody Street and creates a pathway for residents to walk along the river or take a jog, providing people a beautiful and tranquil area in the busy town of Waltham. Although not the most expensive area in relation to real estate, Waltham has a standard quality, neighborhood, infrasturcture, and institutions combined.