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Overview of Medford

Nestled in the northern suburbs of Boston, Medford offers residents the high quality of life found in the New England region. As the home of Tufts University, the city streets are filled with bright, eager students who bring livelihood and excitement to the area. As one of the oldest towns in the country, Medford has a deep history that is celebrated in local historic sites maintained downtown. With beautiful green surroundings and a large river running through the heart of the city, Medford has a peaceful aura that connects the local community with the natural environment. Look for Medford apartments for rent, and join more than 56,000 residents who love calling the city home.  

Living in Medford, MA

Founded in 1630, Medford is one of the oldest English settlements in the United States. In 1637, a bridge was built across the Mystic River to connect Medford with the Boston area to the south. Most of Medford was owned by Matthew Cradock and run as a private plantation until the middle of the 17th century. After a series of land transfers between Medford and surrounding cities, the population grew exponentially from 230 people in 1700 to 18,244 by 1900. Medford was officially incorporated as a city in 1892 as a center of industry for brick, tile, rum and clipper ships. The city has been home to many notable residents over the years, including Amelia Earhart, Fannie Farmer and George Luther Stearns.

Medford Work and Study

Medford is home to Tufts University, ranked by US News as the No. 28 best college in the United States. Tufts is a private university with a diverse student population of close to 10,000 people from all over the world. The school boasts a beautiful residential campus with hundreds of unique clubs and student organizations that make for the ideal college experience. Tufts offers dozens of majors and degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, exceptional research opportunities, and a large study abroad center that sends students to the Tufts campus in Talloires, France, and other universities all over the world. Tufts University is joined by a number of educational opportunities located 6 miles away in Boston.

For those seeking work, Medford is home to many business opportunities. The two largest businesses in town are Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the Cross Country Group, an investment firm with entrepreneurial, technology-enabled service and marketing businesses. Each of these companies provides jobs for over 500 local residents. Budweiser Company, Courtyard Nursing Care Center, International Silver Company and Medford Cab Company are other top employers here, each offering jobs to more than 250 local residents. Thirteen percent of people in Medford also work in the service industry to support the needs of the local community.

Rentals in Medford, MA and Cost of Living

There are many desirable aspects of the New England lifestyle, which leads to high rent prices in Medford. United States Census Bureau statistics indicate that the standard apartment here costs $1,319 a month, which is $310 more than the Massachusetts state average. Everyday living expenses are also relatively expensive in Medford. The city received a cost of living index of 136.6, which is significantly above the national average of 100. Whether in West Medford, The Heights, Wellington, Glenwood or any other local neighborhood, Medford apartments are sure to please.

Medford Attractions and Special Events

The largest attraction in town is the Medford Historical Society, which preserves local history with photographs, genealogical materials and town records. The society offers a unique experience to visitors of all ages with artifacts dating back centuries. Other local favorites include the Aldekman Arts Center at Tufts University as well as a number of student performances and university sports games taking place throughout the year.

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