Livability Awards

A+ Waltham Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Waltham Cost of Living Cost of living is 12% higher than Massachusetts
14747% more expensive than the US average
13131% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Waltham cost of living
A+ Waltham Crime Total crime is 32% lower than Massachusetts
Total crime
1,08258% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 9358% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-13%Year over year crime is down
Waltham crime
B- Waltham Employment Household income is 16% higher than Massachusetts
Median household income
$82,18849% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$38,55329% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%22% lower than the US average
Waltham employment
C+ Waltham Housing Home value is 27% higher than Massachusetts
Median home value
$434,500135% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,42850% higher than the US average
Home ownership
50%21% lower than the US average
Waltham real estate or Waltham rentals
B Waltham Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than Massachusetts
High school grad. rates
89%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
57%16% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
11:132% lower than the US average
Waltham K-12 schools or Waltham colleges

Living in Waltham, MA

Waltham, Massachusetts is a moderately-sized city with a population of 62,699 residents. In Waltham, there are 4,922 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. If we look at the most recent Census, Waltham is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. Waltham has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 75% of the population is classified as married and 63% have kids.

Whether you’re relocating to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Waltham could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Massachusetts if you know where to look. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, weather, education, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Waltham and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Waltham to Massachusetts and the national average.

With a livability score of 74/100, Waltham is ranked #5,952 in the United States and #47 in Massachusetts. If we check out each of the categories individually, we see that Waltham ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A+), education (B) and employment (B-). The bad news for Waltham, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: cost of living (F) and weather (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Waltham on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Watch City Brewing Co., Embassy Cinema, and Gore Place.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Waltham gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 155 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

Waltham real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Waltham. Median real estate prices in Waltham come in at $434,500, which is 27.4% higher than the Massachusetts average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Waltham, the home price to income ratio is 5.3, which is 10.4% higher than the Massachusetts average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Waltham will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Waltham, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 6.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.6%.

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      Waltham Equals Opportunity

      I came to Waltham when I bought my first house as a single adult female about 10 years ago. Back then the housing market was more affordable and I got a lot of house for my buck. The most notable benefit of Waltham, is the fact that there is something for almost anyone here. If you're having a housing issue, you've been threatened by foreclosure by your mortgage lender or for whatever reason, can't afford to pay your rent, you will likely find the solution to your issue, within Waltham. I have, since the beginning, felt a lot of support from my neighbors and friends in and around Waltham. Waltham is mostly an inclusive city where everyone is welcomed and accepted, as long as you are doing your share to keep up with those around you.
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      Waltham, MA - A Gateway to History, Education & Diversity

      I worked in Waltham, MA for 2 years and have lived within a 5 minute car ride for the last decade. From the outside looking in Waltham is a different type of city. It is a nearby suburb of Boston and at first glance it can seem it simply sits in the "big city's" shadow.

      I liked being so close to Boston and due to its proximity Waltham gets a very diverse speckling of cultures within its city borders. The restaurants and shops that line Moody Street offered myself and residents a wide range of options when looking to eat or buy.

      Not known to many is the large educational presence in Waltham. Brandeis University and Bentely University are planted in the heart of the city and the college night life offers many options, to include taking the transit system into Boston. Also, Regis and Harvard College hug Waltham's borders.

      Waltham sits smack dab in the middle of Boston and the Lexington/Concord/Bedford area of Massachusetts. I was able to enter some of this country's most historical districts inside of a 5 minute car ride. The Battlefield of Lexington Green, The Paul Revere capture spot and of course, Boston's Freedom Trail!
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      Wandering In Waltham, MA

      I am an avid history buff and Waltham, Massachusetts fed my desire for more information. I visited the "Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution", as it is known, in May of 2010. I spent 5 days there and could have spent 5 more.

      There are many historical buildings to visit. My favorite was Gore Place. It is the historic county courthouse. The mansion, set on 45-acres, was built in 1806. They give guided tours, which I absolutely loved. Waltham is perfect for the person who just likes to walk everywhere. I also visited the Charles Riverwalk, which was very crowded on a Wednesday night, by people fishing, jogging, and just walking. My only complaint is that the shopping venues and restaurants were expensive.
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      Source: The Waltham, MA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).