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. Much of the housing stock in Medford was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

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 89.76% 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 (12.22%), office and administrative support (11.43%), and business and financial occupations (7.83%).

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.

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.

One thing that you will notice about Medford is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Medford a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

One of the nice things about Medford is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

In Medford, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.52 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

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.

If knowledge is power, Medford is a pretty powerful place. 52.80% of the adults in Medford 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 Medford in 2018 was $47,589, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $190,356 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: 21.43%.

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