Best Family Suburbs of Boston: Medford MA
Location: 5 miles NW of downtown Boston
Neighbors: Arlington, Somerville, Malden, Melrose and Everett
MBTA Service: West Medford commuter rail is on the Lowell line, 29 bus stops in the Medford area, and Orange Line serves nearby Malden.
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Population: According to the 2010 Census, Medford’s population is 56,173.
History: Medford was founded in 1630 as a plantation owned by the first governor of Massachusetts and is the 4th oldest English settlement in America.
Why People Live Here?
Medford offers a short commute to Boston and is home to Tufts University. Young families moving from the City condo or apartment love Medford’s slightly urban feel and proximity to Cambridge and Somerville, coupled with a laid-back downtown, and single family homes with yard and privacy.
Although not yet considered as hip as it’s neighbor Arlington or Somerville, Medford offers an affordable alternative to most of the nearby family oriented Boston suburbs.
Schools: Medford High ranks above the Massachusetts state average for proficiency in English and Math. 20% of students at Medford High enroll in AP courses.
Home Prices: In 2012 the average price of a single-family home in Medford was $368,692, accoring to Multiple Listing Service.
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P.S. Bostonians pronounce it Medfed.