Medford, MA

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Living in Medford

Medford is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 57,341 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Medford is the 20th largest community in Massachusetts. Medford has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Medford home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Medford real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Medford is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.22% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Medford is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Medford who work in management occupations (12.50%), office and administrative support (10.04%), and teaching (8.57%).

Also of interest is that Medford 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 Medford 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, Medford is also a city of artists. Medford has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Medford’s character.

Another interesting thing about Medford, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Medford is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Medford, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.94 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Medford is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Medford, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Medford, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Medford is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 53.80% 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 Medford in 2018 was $49,994, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $199,976 for a family of four. However, Medford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Medford is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Medford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Medford residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Medford include Irish, Italian, German, English, and Haitian.

Medford also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 21.86%.

The most common language spoken in Medford is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.