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Bedford is a town in Middlesex County, in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy metro area.

The community was named after a town in England.

The latitude of Bedford is 42.490N. The longitude is -71.276W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 118 feet.

The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 12,595.


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Median household income
Local
$87,962
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Bedford demographic reports
The settlement developed around an Indian trading post.
A colonial militia flag, preserved in the Bedford Free Public Library, is reputed to be the flag carried by the Minuteman Nathaniel Page to the Concord Bridge at the start of the Revolution.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 0. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 0 per 1,000 people.
Nearby parks & recreation: Minuteman Commuter Bikeway
Historic sites and museums: Job Lane house
Colleges and universities: Middlesex Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)

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Ancestry & family history

10% of Bedford residents report German ancestry, and 19% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Bedford ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Bedford was $39,212, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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57% of Bedford residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Bedford include Bedford Center Historic District ... View historic districts

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Median rent in Bedford, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $857.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,898.


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Libraries in Bedford include Bedford Free Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Bedford include Bedford Minuteman

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Bedford restaurants taking online reservations include Dalya's Restaurant ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Bedford workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Bedford between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Bedford include Bedford Glen Hotel, Best Western Plaza Hotel, Travelodge.

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