Located just 11 miles north of Boston, the suburban city of Stoneham is known for its high quality of life and affordable Boston-area living. Home to more than 22,000 residents, Stoneham has built its reputation around smart growth and an appreciation for natural beauty. About one-third of the community is contained within the Middlesex Falls Reservation, which includes Spot Pond. Stoneham residents embody their city's nickname, "The Friendly Town," with their down-to-earth attitudes and family-friendly values. Those searching for Stoneham apartments for rent will be delighted to discover this East Coast city.
Senior citizens will find that Stoneham is a great community, as nearly 19 percent of the city's population is comprised of residents older than 65. Young families will also appreciate Stoneham's suburban vibe and fine public school system, which is comprised of Stoneham Middle and High, Central Elementary, Robin Hood Elementary, and South Elementary schools.
Because it serves primarily as a bedroom community, Stoneham sees its population decrease by about 12 percent on workdays due to commuting. According to City-Data, the mean travel time to work for Stoneham residents is about 26 minutes. Many residents utilize the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) which operates throughout the area and provides convenient transportation to Boston. Those searching for Stoneham rentals will be happy to learn that a variety of transportation methods are available, and Stoneham is considered "Somewhat Walkable" by Walkscore.com.
Considering its size, it is remarkable that Stoneham is home to two zoos. The Franklin Park Zoo allows visitors to observe bears, tigers, otters, monkeys, and more, and boasts many annual events, such as the holiday ZooLights festival. Stone Zoo is the other zoo in town, offering its own set of exciting exhibits and amenities, including the Safari Grill and Peacock Place Gift Shop.
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