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A+ Wakefield Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Wakefield Cost of Living Cost of living is 13% higher than Massachusetts
14848% more expensive than the US average
13131% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Wakefield cost of living
A+ Wakefield Crime Total crime is 50% lower than Massachusetts
Total crime
89168% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 11368% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-7%Year over year crime is down
Wakefield crime
B+ Wakefield Employment Household income is 28% higher than Massachusetts
Median household income
$90,91164% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$43,60146% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%37% lower than the US average
Wakefield employment
D+ Wakefield Housing Home value is 27% higher than Massachusetts
Median home value
$433,000134% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,24231% higher than the US average
Home ownership
74%16% higher than the US average
Wakefield real estate or Wakefield rentals
A+ Wakefield Schools HS graduation rate is 5% higher than Massachusetts
High school grad. rates
91%10% higher than the US average
School test scores
68%38% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:120% lower than the US average
Wakefield K-12 schools

Living in Wakefield, MA

Wakefield, Massachusetts is a moderately-sized city with a population of 26,399 people. Wakefield has a population density of 3,571 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. According to the most recent Census, 93% of Wakefield residents are White, 3% Asian and 1% Black. 83% of the people in Wakefield (over the age of 15) are married and 58% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Whether you’re relocating to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Wakefield could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Massachusetts if you know where to search. Finding the best places to live in Wakefield and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, cost of living, weather, employment and other important metrics.

Wakefield, MA receives 75/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #29 in Massachusetts and #4,821 in the USA. Compared to the United States average, Wakefield ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! There are seven total categories that form the livability score. Wakefield scores well for amenities (A+), crime (A), education (A+) and employment (B+). Wakefield does not rank well for the following: cost of living (F) and weather (D). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Wakefield has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Wakefield gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 170 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

The average school test scores in Wakefield are 68%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Wakefield is actually affordable. The median home price for Wakefield homes is $433,000, which is 27% higher than the Massachusetts average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Wakefield, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.8, which is 0% lower than the Massachusetts average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Wakefield were 5.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 6.7%.

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Compare Wakefield, MA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Wakefield, MA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mit, Cambridge7610.24,970
West Cambridge, Cambridge769.68,854
North Cambridge, Cambridge758.413,280
Cambridgeport, Cambridge7410.312,501
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Neighborhood 9, Cambridge72911,671
Riverside, Cambridge729.811,860
Aggasiz-Harvard, Cambridge718.85,061
East Cambridge, Cambridge719.49,877

Best Cities Near Wakefield, MA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Melrose, MA803.427,787
Belmont, MA809.625,555
Brookline, MA8013.159,180
Newton, MA801488,317
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Arlington, MA807.844,408
Winchester, MA795.422,491
Westborough, MA7932.64,057
Wellesley, MA7817.728,909

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Quiet and Quaint Wakefield!

I absolutely adore living in Wakefield! I’ve lived here almost all of my life (short stint in Maine) and love living in a town where people actually care about you. The public school is great, my daughter loves it, and the fact that it’s only a half an hour from Boston gives us the chance to get into the city whenever we’re really missing the excitement and energy. If we feel like taking the train the commute is even shorter - about 15 minutes.

Downtown is so nice to walk through! There’s the stone church, the lake, the commons - and during the holidays there are plenty of family-friendly events that you can check out. The restaurants are getting better than better, so we don’t find ourselves traveling into Boston quite as much for delicious food. While I’m sure there are crimes that happen here, it’s not something that you hear about regularly so we feel very safe living here. We absolutely adore Wakefield and I couldn’t see raising my family anywhere else!
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