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Wayland, Massachusetts
—  Town  —
First Parish in Wayland
Location in Middlesex County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°21′45″N 71°21′43″W / 42.3625°N 71.36194°W / 42.3625; -71.36194
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Settled 1638
Incorporated 1780
 - Type Open town meeting
 - Total 15.9 sq mi (41.2 km2)
 - Land 15.2 sq mi (39.4 km2)
 - Water 0.7 sq mi (1.7 km2)
Elevation 127 ft (39 m)
Population (2007)
 - Total 13,017
 Density 856.3/sq mi (330.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01778
Area code(s) 508/774
FIPS code 25-73790
GNIS feature ID 0618243
Website http://www.wayland.ma.us/

Wayland is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 13,100 at the 2000 census.

For geographic and demographic information on Cochituate, which is part of Wayland, please see the article Cochituate, Massachusetts.



Wayland was the first settlement of Sudbury Plantation in 1639. The Town of East Sudbury was incorporated on April 10, 1780, on land which had formerly been part of Sudbury. On March 11, 1835, East Sudbury became Wayland, a farming community, presumably in honor of Dr. Francis Wayland, who was president of Brown University and a friend of East Sudbury’s Judge Edward Mellen. Both Wayland and Mellen became benefactors of the town’s library, the first free public library in the state.[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.9 square miles (41.2 km²), of which, 15.2 square miles (39.4 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²) of it (4.21%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 13,100 people, 4,625 households, and 3,723 families residing in the town. The population density was 859.9 people per square mile (332.1/km²). There were 4,735 housing units at an average density of 310.8/sq mi (120.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.21% White, 0.75% African American, 0.10% Native American, 5.34% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 1.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.15% of the population.

There were 4,625 households out of which 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.5% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.5% were non-families. 16.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 3.4% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $101,036, and the median income for a family was $113,671. Males had a median income of $86,344 versus $50,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $52,717. About 2.1% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and 2.7% of those age 65 or over.


Notable residents


  1. ^ Town of Wayland website
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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