Located within the I-95/128 belt north of Boston, Stoneham is a medium to large sized town with a population of about 21,400 in its 6.7 square mile area. Incorporated into Massachusetts in 1725, Stoneham developed a shoe-making industry in its earlier years. Today, Stoneham is a bedroom community for commuters in the Boston area. From kayaking on Spot Pond to visiting the animals at the Stone Zoo, Stoneham offers lots to do. The neighborhood around Franklin Street is one of the more expensive neighborhoods in Stoneham, with most houses being built between 1970 and 1999. Farm Hill is also a popular area, with single family homes as well as apartments.
Stoneham offers a quick commute to Boston via I-93. Stoneham borders the towns of Woburn, Winchester, Medford, Melrose, Wakefield, Reading, and Malden. In addition to I-93, Rt. 28 runs through the center of Stoneham. Stoneham is also served by MBTA bus 132 and MBTA Express Bus 325 to Boston.