Bedford is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 14,195 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Bedford is the 147th largest community in Massachusetts.
Bedford home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Bedford real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Bedford is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.96% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Bedford is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bedford who work in computer science and math (14.46%), management occupations (13.58%), and healthcare (9.27%).
Also of interest is that Bedford has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Bedford has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.
Of important note, Bedford is also a town of artists. Bedford has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Bedford’s character.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.34% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Because of many things, Bedford is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Bedford really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Bedford perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Bedford, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Bedford is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 70.88% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Bedford in 2010 was $61,404, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $245,616 for a family of four.
Bedford is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Bedford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bedford residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bedford include Irish, Italian, English, German, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Bedford's cultural character, accounting for 17.59% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Bedford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Langs. of India.