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Wayland, Massachusetts
First Parish in Wayland
First Parish in Wayland
Official seal of Wayland, Massachusetts
Location in Middlesex County in Massachusetts
Location in Middlesex County in Massachusetts
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)
127 ft (39 m)
 • Total 13,943
 • Density 876.9/sq mi (338.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 508/774
FIPS code 25-73790
GNIS feature ID 0618243

Wayland is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. The town was founded in 1638, and incorporated in 1639 and was originally part of neighboring Sudbury. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 13,943.

In 2021, ranked Wayland as #1 on their list of "Best Places to Raise a Family in Massachusetts", #8 on their list of "Best Places to Raise a Family in America", and #2 on their list of "Best Suburbs to Live in 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.

The Wayland Free Public Library was established in 1848 and is arguably the first in Massachusetts The building was rebuilt in 1900, and is a landmark in the town of Wayland.

In 2010, Boston Duck Tours was asked to help transport flood victims in Wayland. Torrential rains had left Pelham Island area of Wayland isolated and the Ducks were brought in to ferry people in and out of their neighborhood until the waters receded.

The Wayland display server protocol is named after the town.


Wayland - Town Building
The intersection of US Route 20, Route 27 & Route 126 in front of the Wayland Town Building

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.9 square miles (41 km2), of which 15.2 square miles (39 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2), or 4.21%, is water. Wayland borders Lincoln, Sudbury, Weston, Framingham, and Natick.


As of the census of 2010, there were 13,444 people, 4,808 households, and 3,676 families residing in the town. The population density was 859.9 people per square mile (332.1/km2). There were 5,021 housing units at an average density of 310.8 per square mile (120.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 87.2% White, 0.9% African American, 0.0% Native American, 9.9% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.

As of 2000, 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 $121,036, and the median income for a family was $204,033.47. Males had a median income of $136,344 versus $60,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $75,144. 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.


Claypit Hill School, Wayland MA
Claypit Hill School in 2014

In 2021 ranked Wayland as #4 on their list of "Places with the Best Public Schools in Massachusetts." The Town of Wayland operates six public schools:

  • The Children's Way (Pre-K)
  • Claypit Hill Elementary School (K–5)
  • Happy Hollow Elementary School (K–5)
  • Loker Elementary School (K–5)
  • Wayland Middle School (6–8)
  • Wayland High School (9–12)

There is one private school in Wayland: Veritas Christian Academy (K–8).

Notable people

  • Sammy Adams, rapper
  • Robert Anastas, former hockey coach and teacher who founded SADD chapter at Wayland High School
  • Andrew Bachman, entrepreneur and investor
  • Joshua Bekenstein, co-chairman of Bain Capital
  • Amar Bose, founder of Bose Corporation, a company that specializes in high-quality sound systems
  • Lydia Maria Child, 19th-century American abolitionist, novelist, journalist, author of "Over the River and Through the Woods"
  • Glenn Cooper, Internationally best-selling thriller writer and film producer
  • Gerard Cosloy, recording industry executive. Manager of Homestead Records, Co-founder of Matador Records, Owner of 12XU Records
  • Archibald Cox, legal scholar, Special Prosecutor of the Watergate Scandal involving President Nixon's Administration
  • Jae Crowder, NBA player
  • Ricky Davis, NBA player
  • David Hackett Fischer, Brandeis Professor of History and author
  • Tom Hamilton, bass player for Aerosmith
  • Josiah Johnson Hawes, pioneering 19th-century photographer
  • Beatrice Herford, actress
  • George Howell, founder of George Howell coffee
  • Liza Huber, Passions actress
  • Sarah Hurwitz, Michelle Obama's speech writer
  • Ted Johnson, NFL player
  • Thomas Kiefer, rower in the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • Joyce Kulhawik, arts and entertainment anchor for WBZ-TV News in Boston
  • Daniel Lopatin, experimental musician better known as Oneohtrix Point Never
  • Walter McCarty, NBA player and coach
  • Allen Morgan, founder and first executive director of Sudbury Valley Trustees
  • Johnny Most, the radio voice of the Boston Celtics
  • Tim Murphy, head coach of the Harvard football team
  • Tim O'Shea, former basketball coach at Bryant University
  • Alvaro Pascual-Leone, noted neuroscientist
  • Jonathan Papelbon, MLB player
  • Samuel Parris, Reverend and Salem Witch Trials magistrate, buried in an unmarked grave in North Cemetery
  • Jerry Remy, former Boston Red Sox player and current TV announcer
  • Peter Rowan, bluegrass musician
  • Harold Russell, Academy Award winner for his role as a disabled World War II vet in 1946's The Best Years of Our Lives
  • Alberto Salazar (born 1958), distance runner and athletics coach banned for life
  • Taylor Schilling, actress and star of the NBC hospital drama Mercy as well as the 2012 movie The Lucky One and the Netflix original drama-comedy series Orange is the New Black
  • Dwight Schofield, professional hockey player for the Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets, and St. Louis Blues
  • Tom Scholz, guitarist for 1970s rock group Boston
  • Edmund Sears, 1800s Unitarian parish minister, author who wrote a number of theological works influential to his contemporary liberal Protestants, famous for penning the words to "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear"
  • Mary Sears, Oceanographer
  • Sarah Sewall, lecturer
  • Ryan Sypek, actor and star of the TV series Wildfire
  • Steven Tyler, member of Aerosmith, who held the first and only rock concert in the Wayland High School field house before the band became known worldwide
  • Erika Uyterhoeven
  • Michael VanRooyen
  • Gladys Widdiss, tribal historian and potter, President of the Aquinnah Wampanoag of Gay Head from 1978 until 1987
  • Ted Williams, Baseball Hall of Famer, lived on Dudley Pond

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