Five miles northwest of Boston bordered by Melrose/Stoneham to the North, Medford to the West, Everett on the South, Revere to the East. Convenient to Logan Airport and Routes 1, 16, 93, 99 and 128.
Date of Founding
Established as a town on May 2, 1649; incorporated as a city on March 31, 1882. Malden observed its 350th anniversary during a year-long celebration from May 1999 to June 2000.
Description - City Seal
At the Crest is an Open Bible
Azure colored Shield Containing Three Lions - Passant Reguardant, or as Borne by Maldon, Essex County, England (the lions recall the fact that Maldon was a Royal Borough)
On the Right Side Oak Branch (represents strength and independence)
On the Left Side Olive Branch (a symbol of peace)
Below the base of the shield is “Mystic Side”. In 1638 all territory eight miles north of the Mystic River, including what later became Malden, was known as Mystic Side.
5 square miles
Mayor elected to a four year term and an eleven member City Council elected biennially. Nine member School Committee, including the Mayor, who serves as chairperson, elected for two years.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority - Two Orange Line stations connecting all points. Commuter rail service linking Malden to Haverhill via the Reading/Haverhill Commuter Line. Regional bus terminal for seven communities. The Malden Center Orange Line Station is the fifth busiest station on the MBTA’s Orange Line system of 18 stations. More than 12,000 commuters use the station on a daily basis.
26,000 (approx.) units comprised of owner-occupied one, two and three family homes and several multi-family residential complexes. Styles vary; Malden is noted for its rich collection of fine Victorian-era homes.
Approximately 1800 businesses are located in the City. The business base is quite diverse. Many manufacturers, service-oriented companies and financial institutions have made Malden their home. Malden boasts an active Chamber of Commerce, 200 Pleasant Street, (781) 322-4500.
Current tax rate – Fiscal Year 2012 - $14.33 per $1,000/Residential - $24.84 per $1,000/Commercial, Industrial Properties. The City offers a residential exemption program for owner-occupants.
30,000 Malden residents of diverse backgrounds including professional, skilled and clerical. There is an additional labor pool of 300,000 within a five-mile radius.
Median family income, $55,557 (2000 U.S. Census).
Public: Five new K-8 schools, a citywide pre-school for 400 youngsters and one comprehensive high school (Grades 9-12). Malden students also attend the publicly-funded Mystic Valley Regional Charter School (K-12), located in Malden. Parochial: One elementary and one high school. Malden is also a member of the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School System. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is headquartered in downtown Malden.
Four fire stations; headed by a Commissioner and Chief.
One police station; headed by a Commissioner and Chief.
Approximately 30 park sites throughout the City providing a variety of recreational facilities including tennis courts, basketball courts, playgrounds and ballfields. Other sites include a 400-meter synthetic running track at Macdonald Stadium; the 56-acre Middlesex Fells Reservation; the 25 acre Fellsmere Pond; a DCR-owned and operated swimming pool; a 30,000 sq. ft. fieldhouse built under the new school rebuilding plan; and Pine Banks Park, operated by a Board of Trustees with equal representation by the Cities of Malden and Melrose.
Babe Ruth League, Little League, Pop Warner, Youth Soccer, Youth Hockey, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, YMCA and YWCA.
Houses of Worship
Over 25, including Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Seventh Day Adventist, Haitienne and Chinese.
A $6.5 million addition to the library, dedicated in 1996, houses over 220,000 books and other materials. Services include a computerized database with many full-text magazine articles, CD-ROM databases and Internet access for the public. The original building, designed by Henry Hobson Richardson, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers access to local history, genealogy and other special book collections. The Ryder Art Gallery, housing an impressive collection of European and American art, is open on request.
A wide variety of civic, charitable, social and fraternal organizations are active in the community.
The City is within easy distance of all major urban amenities including theatres, institutions of higher learning, museums and medical facilities.
Average Housing Costs
Single family: $266,748 (Source: MLS)
Electric service-National Grid; Gas service-National Grid; Cable-Comcast and Verizon; Water-Malden is a member of Massachusetts Water Resources Authority system. Public water/sewer.
The Malden Redevelopment Authority serves as the City's economic development agency providing assistance to business and operating low-interest rehab and mortgage programs for business and homeowners (781) 324-5720; the Malden Housing Authority, manages some 1,400 units of state and federal housing, as well as a Section 8 subsidized housing program (781) 322-3150; Malden Access Television, 145 Pleasant Street, operates three public access stations, (781) 321-6400; Newspapers: Malden Evening News (daily), (781) 321-8000; Malden Observer (weekly), (781) 393-1827; Malden Advocate (weekly), (617) 387-2000.