Bedford is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 14,171 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 93.11% 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 management occupations (15.97%), computer science and math (12.14%), and healthcare (10.00%).
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.
A relatively large number of people in Bedford telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.42% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
Bedford is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Bedford’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
If knowledge is power, Bedford is a pretty powerful place. 66.70% of the adults in Bedford have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Bedford in 2010 was $54,779, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $219,116 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 Italian, English, German, and Scottish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Bedford's cultural character, accounting for 15.74% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Bedford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Hindi.