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Wakefield, Massachusetts

Wakefield is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 24,804.


\nAccording to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.5 km² (7.9 mi²). 19.3 km² (7.5 mi²) of it is land and 1.1 km² (0.4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 5.56% water.


\nAs of the
census of 2000, there are 24,804 people, 9,747 households, and 6,608 families residing in the town. The population density is 1,282.0/km² (3,321.6/mi²). There are 9,937 housing units at an average density of 513.6 persons/km² (1,330.7 persons/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 96.94% White, 0.45% African American, 0.08% Native American, 1.43% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. 0.82% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 9,747 households out of which 30.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% are married couples living together, 9.7% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 32.2% are non-families. 26.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.52 and the average family size is 3.09. In the town the population is spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.8 males. The median income for a household in the town is $66,117, and the median income for a family is $77,834. Males have a median income of $51,591 versus $39,327 for females. The per capita income for the town is $30,369. 3.1% of the population and 1.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 1.7% are under the age of 18 and 4.6% are 65 or older.