Winchester is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, eight miles north of downtown Boston. It is largely an affluent bedroom community for professionals in Boston and Cambridge. The land on which Winchester now sits was purchased from Native Americans by representatives of the settlement of Charlestown in 1639, and the area was first settled in 1640. The town of Winchester was officially incorporated on April 30, 1850, with a total area of 6.3 sq mi (16.3 km2).
The population was 21,374 at the 2010 United States Census, among which 85.7%were whites and 9.3% were Asians. The median age of the population is 42.7. For population 25 years and over in Winchester, 64.9% has a bachelor’s degree or higher and 32.7% has a graduate or professional degree. The most common occupations for male are other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (9%), Computer specialists (7%), Top executives (6%) and Lawyers (5%).
The median household income in Winchester in 2009 was $119,644, and the median per capita income in 2009 was $61,396. The median Asian household income in Winchester was $149,517 in 2009. 30% of Winchester families had an annual income above $200,000, and 11% of families had an annual income between $150,000 to $200,000. The estimated median house or condo value in 2009 was $643,156. The criminal index in 2009 Winchester was 68.1 (U.S. average: 319.1), which was pretty low.
Winchester is also renowned for its public education system, which include five elementary schools (Ambrose, Lincoln, Lynch, Muraco, and Vinson-Owen), one middle school, McCall Middle School, and one high school, Winchester High School. Winchester public schools have achieved superior performances on the MCAS exams since their inception. According to the Massachusetts high school ranking conducted by Boston Magazine, Winchester High School was ranked 17th within Massachusetts in 2012. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at Winchester High School is 52 percent.
Winchester has two “Zone 1” stops on the MBTA Commuter Rail Lowell Line: Wedgemere and Winchester Center. The stops are in easy walking distance of one another. The Lowell Line runs from Lowell to Boston’s North Station, where one can connect with the “T”, Boston’s subway system.
Please download May 2018 Winchester Market Report provided by The Greater Boston Association of Realtors.