Population 56,173
School Ranking #89*
Public Trans: Comm. Rail/Orange & Green Line 2018/Bus

Medford is a very vibrant city located just 6 miles north of Boston that is the proud home of Tufts University which includes Medical, Dental and Veterinary Schools of Medicine.  They are a commuter’s dream with Rt 93 running through the city, and intersecting with routes 16,28,38 and 60.  Medford has excellent and extensive public transportation with numerous MBTA bus lines providing local service and direct connections to over a dozen nearby cities & towns.  Wellington station on the Orange Line provides a connection to Boston and the entire rapid transit system. On the west side, the Lowell Commuter Rail Line stops in West Medford Square and the new Green Line extension, located by the Tufts University campus, will provide service as of 2018.  The Middlesex Fells Reservation to the north, is partly within the city and is a 2,060-acre preserve shared by Medford, offering Hiking, Biking, Walking, Sledding Paths, a Dog Park & Picnic Areas.  The Mystic River flows roughly west to southeast through the middle of the city and feeds the Mystic Lakes, which features the Medford Boat Club that offers Swimming, Boating & jet-skiing, but paid membership to the club is required.  Wright’s Pond, offers swimming, picnicking, Hiking and fishing, the Tufts Pool is a public swimming pool on Main Street open during the summer months and Medford High School has a multi-use facility with basketball/volleyball courts, turf fields, Olympic size swimming pool, and a 300-seat theatre. The city of Medford maintains 21 parks with soccer fields, football fields, softball/baseball fields and many multi-use courts for basketball, tennis, and street hockey, as well as accessible play structures. There are also 2 public rinks for ice hockey and ice skating- LoConte Skating Rink and Flynn Rink. Medford offers many fine restaurants and shopping areas within the 8 distinct neighborhoods throughout the city, with Station Landing at Wellington Circle being the most recent hot-spot.  West Medford has attracted a burgeoning group of artists over recent decades and the West Medford Open Studios is an annual event held every Spring that showcases the talents of over 70 artists from Medford and surrounding communities. WMOS includes local art, live music, readings by local authors, demonstrations, food tastings, and more with over 28 sites to visit over the 2 days.

The following are from a survey that was filled out by residents of each town.  Feel free to contact us if you would like us to add anything for your town!

Fave Events:
Ride of Paul Revere on Patriot’s Day
Jingle Bell Festival
Farmer’s Market
Christmas Tree Display inside City Hall
Monthly “Circle the Square”
Trick or Treat in all the Squares in Medford
West Medford Open Studios 

Fave Resources For Parents:
The Medford Family Network
The Medford Public Library
The Medford Mom’s Group on Facebook

Fave Recreational Activities:
Swimming/Boating in Mystic Lakes
Hiking/walking/mountain biking the Fells
Public Skating at the Flynn & the LoConti

Fave Parks,Trails & Playgrounds:
Playstead Park
Middlesex Fells Reservation

Fave Cultural Events or Spaces:
Tufts University
The West Medford Open Studios
The Chevalier Theater
Outdoor concerts at the Condon Shell by the Mystic Canal
The Brooke

Fave ‘Must See’ sites or Landmarks:
The Brooks Estate
The Royall House
Slave Wall
Amelia Earheart’s House
Grandfather’s House – Paul Curtis House (from the poem Over the River and Through the Wood)

Fave Social Clubs:
Medford Boat Club
The North Medford Running Club
Medford Garden Club

Top Spots for Night Life:
Station Landing complex
Snappy Patty’s

Favorite thing about living in Medford:
The accessibility to Boston
Fantastic Public Transportation
It’s offers close proximity to all the great amenities of a city, but allows for a yard and neighborhood too