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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.42% 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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Bedford. 66.70% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
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.