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Living a Small town Lifestyle in Bedford, Massachusetts

With a population of 14,000, Bedford is a very affluent suburb and historic small town conveniently located 15 miles northwest of Boston, Massachusetts, and just east of Concord.

Where to Retire in Bedford and Home Prices

There is at least one active adult community in town (see link at top left). Zillow reports the median home value was $899,736 in mid -2022. 

What Is Special about Bedford

Bedford is a great old town in the historic region around Boston.  The Bedford Flay on display at the Bedford Free Public Library is the oldest known surviving intact flag in the United States. It is thought to have been the first U.S. flag flown during the American Revolutionary War. Several historic sites include the Unitarian Church, Fitch Tavern, and Job Lane House.

What Is Not Special about Bedford

Cold winters and high cost of living.

Climate and Physical Environment

Concord is nearby to the west, Boston is 15 miles to the southeast. Expect cold winters and glorious summers.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

As an old New England Town Bedford has a good library and many cultural and historical institutions.


Crime rate is exceptionally low.

Medical Facilities

There are 3 hospitals within 10 miles.


Bedford is a little above average for walkability when compared to other towns. Laurence G Hanson Field Airport is located in Bedford.  Amtrak has a station 7 miles away in Woburn, MA.

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