Bedford was established in 1729 and has around 14,205 residents, as of 2014 city data. It is roughly 15 miles northwest of Boston and has a per capita income of $52,852, based on 2010-2014 city info. Bedford has access to public transportation and is near major highways providing access to the greater Boston area.
The city has a bike path and several walking trails, in addition to a library, outdoor concert venue, tennis courts and a skate park. Historical attractions in the area include the Wilson Mill and Job Lane House. An original town flag that was used during the Revolutionary War is on display at the library.
Bedford has two postsecondary institutions: Middlesex Community College and National Aviation Academy of New England. An additional 119 colleges, universities, technical institutes and career schools can be found within 25 miles of the town.
Waltham is about eight miles away and is home to Bentley University and Brandeis University. Brandeis has around 6,000 students and is tied for 34th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report, as of 2016.
Regis College, Lasell College and Cambridge College are all within 11 miles of Bedford.
Tufts University is located in Medford, which is about ten miles from Bedford. This university offers graduate and undergraduate programs through ten schools, including the School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, School of Engineering and School of Arts and Sciences. It was tied for 27th among national universities by U.S. News in 2016.
Harvard University, Wellesley College, Berklee College of Music and Boston College are just a few of the well-known schools found within the area near Bedford.
Several software and biotechnology companies are based in Bedford and Hanscom Air Force Base is nearby. A veterans' hospital is found in town along with such businesses as Citrix Systems, Boston Communications, Anika Therapeutics and Cardinal Health.