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Lakeside town with classic New England style.

Welcome to Wakefield

Wakefield, Massachusetts, offers old-school New England style in a commuter-friendly town. Beautiful, mature trees line historic, character-filled homes surrounded by white picket fences. The downtown area offers friendly cafes, unique shops, and great coffee as you head to the jewel of the city, Lake Quannapowitt. The lake has a gorgeous four-mile trail, opportunities for kayaking and paddleboarding, and is the scenic backdrop for all of the town’s activities. The town surrounds the lake, making it a centerpiece of Wakefield's easygoing lifestyle.

There is a beautiful selection of housing in Wakefield. You can choose from older properties or several recently built, amenity-laden condos. With easy links to Boston, this is a great place to look for your next home.

What to Love

  • Home to two commuter rail stops for ideal transit into Boston
  • Close to Melrose
  • Breathtaking views of Lake Quannapowitt

Local Lifestyle

People who live in Wakefield appreciate their community for its laid-back and peaceful atmosphere. If you want to lead an active lifestyle, the area has beautiful parks with hiking trails, and there’s even a neighborhood dog park. Residents of all ages enjoy the sense of refuge made palpable by contrast with the busier towns of metro Boston. The family-friendly ambiance of Wakefield encompasses parks and green spaces, aquatic activities on the lake, and festive events. A quiet community, Wakefield also is home to professionals who may commute full- or part-time to Boston. 

There is also a warm, community vibe to Wakefield and a quaint downtown area, which houses various restaurants and cafes and boutiques. This friendly town is an excellent destination for those who want to transition out of Boston without being too far from the city.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

You will find excellent restaurants and shopping along Wakefield’s Main Street. Start at Public Kitchen, a gastropub serving delicious food, premium cocktails, and craft beer. The short ribs are a local favorite. Further down Main Street, you’ll find the Blue Moon Grill. This unpretentious establishment is a must for brunch. While there, be sure to order their eggs benedict or french toast. Continue south to find Cibo Cafe & Bistro, a fun Italian restaurant perfect for coffee, pastries, and sandwiches - with a drive-thru option! For more traditional Italian fare, head to Tonno. This trendy, chic restaurant serves terrific pasta dishes and boasts an extensive and impressive wine list.

Things to Do

Wakefield residents regularly enjoy a mix of outdoor activities and community events. Lake Quannapowitt is a hub for Wakefield residents, with families walking the circular trail around the lake, kayaking, and fishing. The lake is also the location of Wakefield’s impressive 4th of July fireworks display and coordinating parade. Festival by the Lake is another popular community event, with live music, local artists, and vendors offering premium food and drink.  

You’ll find many residents visiting the Wakefield Farmers Market every Saturday from mid-June to late October. The market hosts as many as 35 vendors each week and offers freshly grown local produce, homemade pastries, and locally produced sauces and spices. Once you’ve stocked up on treats, take your furry family members to the Wakefield Dog Park. It’s a great place to meet fellow dog owners and their adorable canine companions.

Demographics and Employment Data for Wakefield, MA

Wakefield has 10,849 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Wakefield do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 27,041 people call Wakefield home. The population density is 4,989.084 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

49.9 / 50.1%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group


0-9 Years


10-17 Years


18-24 Years


25-64 Years


65-74 Years


75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree

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Average Household Size


Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Marital Status


Blue vs White Collar Workers

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes
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