Malden, Massachusetts

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Location of Malden in Massachusetts
Malden, Massachusetts
Basic data
Foundation : 1640
State : United States
State : Massachusetts
County : Middlesex
Coordinates : 42 ° 26 ′  N , 71 ° 4 ′  W Coordinates: 42 ° 26 ′  N , 71 ° 4 ′  W
Time zone : Eastern ( UTC − 5 / −4 )
Residents : 59,450 (as of 2010)
Population density : 4,538.2 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 13.2 km 2  (about 5 mi 2 ) of
which 13.1 km 2  (about 5 mi 2 ) is land
Height : 4 m
Postal code : 02148
Area code : +1 339, 781
FIPS : 25-37875
GNIS ID : 0612773
Website :
Mayor : Billy H. Bob
St. Paul's Parish Church, Malden MA.jpg
St. Paul's Parish Church in Malden

Malden is a city in Middlesex County in the state of the United States Massachusetts in the United States . In 2009 Malden was voted “Best Place to Raise Your Kids”.


Expansion of the urban area

According to the United States Census Bureau , the city has a total area of ​​5.1 square miles (13.2 km²), of which 5.1 square miles (13.1 km²) are land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) (0, 78%) water. To the north, the city is bounded by the cliffs of the Middlesex Fells and irrigated and drained by the Malden River .

Neighboring communities

Malden is bounded by Melrose to the north, Stoneham to the northwest, Medford to the west, Everett to the south, Revere to the east and Saugus to the northeast.

City structure

Map of the Boston area with Malden from 1852

For historical reasons, many New England communities have neighborhoods and neighborhoods around intersections and commons that can be dated back to colonial times and the early 19th century . Many of the neighborhoods in Malden are named after the square around which they have settled.


The neighborhood is bounded by Ferry Street to the west, Everett to the south, Dell Street to the east and Salem Street to the north. In colonial times, under the cliffs by the Harvell Stream , at the junction between Cross Street and the old tracks of the Boston and Maine Railroad between Eastern Avenue and Salem Street , Harvell's Mill stood here . In the 19th century, the Saugus Branch railway line was built along the course of the creek and the creek was converted into a sewer ( Saugus Branch Brook ). During this period the area's industry flourished, drawing many immigrant families to Bryant and Cross Streets . The neighborhood was named Suffolk Square .

In the early 20th century , the Saugus Bach was moved underground due to the great pollution. In the 1920s and 1930s, immigrants from East Boston and Chelsea and from the northern and western outskirts of Boston began to settle in Suffolk Square. At that time Faulkner was served by three tram lines and two railway stations of today's MBTA . All that remains is bus line 105 T.

In the 1950s, the Jewish part of the population migrated to the northern suburbs and the railroad, along with the mill-based industry, increasingly lost its importance. As a result, most of the houses were left to decay and the streets had many closed shops. Both ambitious and experimental urban regeneration projects based on the model of Boston Scolley Square and the West End leveled Suffolk Square and large parts of the district. Disputes over development projects resulted in the loss of the business center in Suffolk Square and the replacement of the original buildings with social housing for low incomes and seniors.

The schools in Lincoln Elementary , Daniels Elementary and Lincoln Jr High / Middle School as well as the former Faulkner school were responsible for the district. At the beginning of the 21st century , a small part of the Harvell's Brook in Roosevelt Park was brought back above ground and partially reconstructed.

West end

The district is located in the northwest of the city. It includes the Fellsmere Pond , Amerige Park and the Beebe School . It was in this area that the Fells Acre Incident occurred .


The district represents the southwestern part of Malden. Devir Park , Pearl St. Park and Callahan Park are in it , as is the city's football stadium ( McDonald Stadium ).


Ferryway is the southern part of the city. There are the Ferryway School and Newman Park .


Forestdale is the northern part of the city. There are Forestdale School and Forestdale Park , as well as the largest park in town Pine Banks Park and the largest cemetery, Forest Dale Cemetery . Parts of Forest Street follow an old Indian trail.

Linden trees

Linden is in the southeast of the city and includes virtually everything east of Broadway or Route 99. These include the Linden School , the Hunting Field area and the Granada Highlands apartment complex . Until the late 19th century, large parts of this area were swamp, which was gradually drained for house building. Old glass bottles and other objects are still found in the ground today. Hunting Field used to be a large park with public gardens and fountains, but was completely overbuilt in the late 1940s with the construction of fenced houses for war veterans and the construction of the Linden School in 1953. Some of the last remnants of the former park are the former entrance, today's No-Name Street , a large oak tree and a few stone walls.


The neighborhood is about 1 mile east of Malden Square , from where Salem Street or Red 60 leads directly to Maplewood Square . Maplewood includes the neighborhoods of South Broadway , Maplewood Highlands (a hilly area in the northeast), and Maplewood Lowlands , the most populous neighborhood, which also includes Maplewood Square .

Maplewood is connected to the MBTA's Orange Line by a variety of public bus routes . The travel time from Maplewood to Boston is a good 30 minutes by public transport - Maplewood Square is 5 miles from downtown Boston. There are several shops and a gas station right on this central square.

There are also Catholic , Baptist , Methodist and Lutheran congregations in the district , as well as a Jewish temple. At the end of Maplewood Street is the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School and Malden Catholic High School .

The houses in the district range from modern, newly built single-family houses to houses over a hundred years old that have been looked after and maintained over the years. There are also some apartment complexes such as the Cliffside Apartments on Broadway.

There are three public parks: Roosevelt Park , South Broadway Park, and Trafton Park . The latter was recently renovated and now offers tennis courts and the option of letting dogs run free without being forced to leash.


Bellrock is the southwestern part of the city bounded by Main Street to the east, Charles Street to the north, the Malden River to the west and the Everett border to the south. This neighborhood is home to the Bellrock Memorial Park and Bell Rock Cemetery , the graves of which date back to 1670.


The Kernwood Club in 1910

Malden is located in a hilly tree landscape north of the Mystic River and was founded by Puritans in 1640 after they bought the land from the Pennacook tribe in 1629 . The area was originally called Mistick Side and was part of Charlestown . Malden received its own city rights in 1882. The name of the town goes back to Maldon, Essex in England and was chosen by the early settler and landowner Joseph Hills . Originally, the present-day cities of Melrose (until 1850) and Everett (until 1870) also belonged to the urban area of ​​Malden.

At the time of the American Revolution , the population was about 1,000 people. The city was known early on for the fact that its inhabitants revolted against the oppression by the British. For example, in about 1770 they stopped consuming tea to protest the Revenue Act of 1766, which was enacted by the British government in response to protests against the previously enacted Sugar Act . Malden is credited with being the first city to sign a petition to the colonial government for secession from the British Empire .

The Malden High School operates jointly with the High School in Medford , the second oldest football team in the United States; the first Thanksgiving Day Game dates back to 1889.

There are a number of historic church buildings in Malden. Many famous musicians and actors were also born in the city. When Massachusetts became the first state in the USA to allow same-sex marriage, the first marriage of its kind in the USA took place in Malden: on May 17, 2004 at 9:15 am.

Population development

Population development
Census Residents ± in%
1900 33,664 -
1910 44,404 31.9%
1920 49.103 10.6%
1930 58,036 18.2%
1940 58.010 -0%
1950 59,804 3.1%
1960 57,676 -3.6%
1970 56,127 -2.7%
1980 53,386 -4.9%
1990 53,884 0.9%
2000 56,340 4.6%
2010 59,450 5.5%
Age distribution in Malden in 2000
under 18 years
18 to 24 years
25 to 44 years
45 to 64 years
over 65 years

Based on the 2000 census , Malden had 56,340 inhabitants spread over 23,009 households and 13,575 families. The population density was 11,102.9 people per square kilometer. There were 23,634 residential units with a building density of 1,799.8 units per square kilometer.

The city's population was made up as follows: 72.09% White , 8.15% African American , 0.14% Indigenous American , 13.99% Asian , 0.06% Pacific Islander , 2.10% other races, and 3 , 46% two or more races . Hispanics and Latinos made up 4.79% of the population.

25.4% of households had children under the age of 18, 42.8% were married couples, 12.3% of households were led by single women and 41.0% of households were not classified as families. There were singles living in 32.2% of households, 11.5% were single seniors over 65 years of age. The average household size was 2.42 people and the average family size was 3.13 people. For every 100 women over the age of 18 there were 90 men.

The median household income was 45,654 US dollars , the median family income was 55,557 US dollars. Males had a median income of $ 37,741 versus $ 31,157 for women. The per capita income was $ 22,004. About 6.6% of families and 9.2% of the urban population lived below the poverty line, with 11.6% under the age of 18 and 10.2% over the age of 65.

Culture and sights

Malden Arts

Malden Arts is a grassroots organization that serves as a framework for various artistic and cultural initiatives and projects in Malden. Among other things, artists who live or work in Malden are integrated into a community and the revitalization and strengthening of Malden are supported through the formation of relationships within the community. Malden Arts was founded in 2006 by local artists. They called their first project Window Arts Malden , which turned the windows of local shops into galleries to display the works of local artists.


Two overgrown trees in Pine Banks Park

About 30 parks are spread across the city and offer a wide variety of recreational facilities. These include a 23 hectare portion of the Middlesex Fells Reservation , the 10 hectare Fellsmere Pond and Pine Banks Park , which is jointly operated with the City of Melrose .

Roosevelt Park

Roosevelt Park ( coordinates ) was a large public park in the Faulkner district with three baseball fields , open space for American football , a basketball court, a playground and an old gym , which was closed before the entire park was closed. The park was also home to the Malden Catholic High School's American football program until its own stadium was completed in 1988 . In the mid-1990s, Malden announced plans to build all new public elementary schools and kindergartens in the city. The area of ​​Roosevelt Park was chosen as the new location for a new school, which covers all age groups from kindergarten to 14 years ( eighth grade ). The park was officially closed in 1998 and construction of the school complex began that same year. In 1999, the Salemwood Elementary School finally opened on the former site of Roosevelt Park.

Pine Banks Park

The grounds of the park are in the Forestdale district at these coordinates and part of it belongs to Melrose . The park was donated by the former Mayor of Malden Elisha S. Converse in order to be used "forever as a public park". The agreement means that both municipalities involved have equal shares in ownership, responsibility and power in relation to the park area, which is still valid today. There is a separate Board of Trustees ( Board of Trustees ) for the management of the park, the parity is composed of representatives of both cities. The area was originally settled by the Wampanoag people.

The structure and terrain of the park were shaped millions of years ago by now inactive volcanoes and numerous earthquakes . Because of this, there are rocky cliffs throughout the park and even a fault line in the southern part. In addition, retreating glaciers a few thousand years ago formed an esker that can be seen as an elevated path in the park.

The largest cliff is solid rock, 40 to 50 feet (12 to 15 m) high, and forms Mount Ephraim , which towers over the entire park. This is the highest, but not the only elevated point in the park. There is a shallow basin south of the rock where many frogs, snails and turtles live due to the swampy shore. However, fish are unlikely.

The park is used for a variety of leisure activities. There are children's playgrounds, covered picnic areas and also barbecue areas, which are often used for birthday parties and therefore require reservations. In the north of the park there are five softball fields, a baseball field and a football field. The lighting is sufficient to allow games to be played at night. The park used to have a golf course and zoo, but both facilities have been closed and removed over time.

The park is also home to the Mystic River Rugby Club ( rugby union ) and the Boston Thirteens ( rugby league ).

Bellrock Memorial Park

The site is a historic park and is located between Main , Wigglesworth , Meridan , and Ellis streets ( coordinates ). To the west of the park were the city's first two meeting houses (1649–1658 and 1660–1730). There is also a statue of Bela Pratt called "The Flag Defenders" commemorating the American Civil War as well as a World War II memorial . The park was created by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. in 1910 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.


There are a variety of tennis, basketball and children's playgrounds. A 400 m long synthetic running track at the McDonald Stadium as well as a 2,800 m² sports hall offer further leisure options .

Economy and Infrastructure

Malden High School , ca.1906



The route 28 , route 60 , route 99 , and US 1 pass through Malden. Route 16 and Interstate 93 are in close proximity outside of the city limits.

Rail transport

Malden is connected to downtown Boston via the Malden Center and Oak Grove stops by the Orange Line subway and by the MBTA overground rail service.

Much of the old Boston and Maine "Saugus Branch" Railroad runs through the center of the city. The route is also owned by the MBTA but closed in the late 1990s. There are plans to create a cycle path along the rail line, but the implementation is slow due to a lack of funding and geographical obstacles such as fenced areas along the route.

bus connections

The MBTA maintains bus connections to all neighboring cities and communities.

Flight connections

Boston Logan International Airport is quick and easy to get to from Malden.

Public facilities


Malden has six public elementary schools or middle schools ( Linden School , Beebe School , Forestdale School , Salemwood School , Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, and Ferryway School ), a public high school, and a Catholic high school and a public preschool .


sons and daughters of the town

Personalities who have worked on site


  • Life in Malden in the early 20th century is the subject of the memoir Linden on the Saugus Branch by Elliot Paul . The name Linden refers to the easternmost part of Malden, which borders on Revere .
  • In the contemporary literature Malden is one of several venues for the zombie thriller Cell by Stephen King . King has already mentioned Malden several times in his works, as relatives of him live or have lived there.
  • The 2003 novel Sin of Omission by David Evans Katz is set in Suffolk Square .
  • Parts of Toni Kelner's 2008 novel Without Mercy are set in Malden. The protagonist lives in an apartment near the center and describes Pearl Street Station and the Town Pizza House.
  • An unforgettable scene of a gun deal at the beginning of the 1973 film The Friends of Eddie Coyle with Robert Mitchum was filmed in the quarry and around the quarry of the former quarry on the eastern city limits. A photo from this scene was used as the cover photo for the Criterion Collection on the film's DVD.
  • Parts of the film Monument Ave. with Denis Leary were filmed in Malden.

Individual evidence

  1. The Best Places to Raise Your Kids 2009: Massachusetts - BusinessWeek . Retrieved March 11, 2011.
  2. ^ David Abel: Magazine calls Malden state's best place to raise children - The Boston Globe , November 13, 2008. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  3. Mark Pendergrast: The Fells Acres Nightmare. 1996, accessed September 29, 2011 .
  4. ^ Public Broadcasting Service PBS: Other Well-Known Cases. Involving Child Sexual Abuse in Daycare Settings. 1998, accessed September 29, 2011 .
  5. Deloraine Pendre Corey: The history of Malden, Massachusetts, 1633-1785 . Malden 1898, OCLC 1188997 (English, full text in Google Book Search [accessed October 5, 2011]).
  6. ^ Wicked Local: Malden / Medford Football: By the numbers. (No longer available online.) 2007, archived from the original on October 22, 2008 ; accessed on October 5, 2011 (English). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  7. United States Census Bureau : American FactFinder. Retrieved October 5, 2011 .
  8. Malden Arts.html . Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved March 11, 2011. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  9. ^ Malden Public Schools. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on September 4, 2011 ; Retrieved September 29, 2011 (English, Malden public schools website). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  10. ^ Margalit Fox: Barbara Margolis, Prisoners' Advocate, Dies at 79 . In: New York Times . New York July 13, 2009, p. A20 (English, online version [accessed September 30, 2011]).
  11. Dan Ross . NFL. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  12. About Michael Wigglesworth and his Poetry . In: Fire and Ice: Puritan and Reformed Writings . Archived from the original on April 16, 2007. Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved May 20, 2007. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  13. David Evans Katz: Sin of Omission. Retrieved September 29, 2011 .
  14. The Friends of Eddie Coyle. Internet Movie Database , accessed May 22, 2015 .

Web links

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