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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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Waltham is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 62,832. Waltham is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Waltham offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Waltham there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Waltham and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Waltham are above average.
About Waltham...
Population
62,832

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$463,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,507
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%
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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
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    105.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    25.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    22.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    186.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    704.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    69.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    17%
  • 25-34 years
    20%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Waltham

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$83,249
National
$55,322
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Waltham is a friendly city with many amenities including ethnic restaurants, drama/music programs, and a good library with free workshops all year. There's also a senior center w/many daily activities. As a senior who walks all over the South Side AM & PM I feel that it's very safe! (After 9 PM I do walk on the more-traveled streets, that have new streetlights). There are 2 colleges here, 2 Museums, a train/bus depot, and the Charles River. The local history has NOT "been forgotten"- just go to either Museum or the library programs. The one drawback is the increasingly high prices of real estate . Moody St. has a mostly "fun and funky" type of vibe... It's in a great location with parks and access to Cambridge/Boston as well as commuter rails to Concord and Worcester. Overall, this town can be an excellent place to live if you're looking for varied dining, a central location, greenery, access to downtown, decent schools, many cultural events, and friendly people.
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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!
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.