Settled in 1638, Wakefield is 12.5 miles northwest of Boston in Middlesex County. As of 2010, a population of 24,932 residents call the 7.9 square mile area of Wakefield home. Over the yeras Wakefield has been home to a number of small industries from corn and saw mills to the production of wicker furniture. In the 20th century these industries faded away, and Wakefield is now a popular suburban town for commuters, who started flocking to Wakefield in the post-war boom of the 1950s and 1960s. Popular neighborhoods in Wakefield include Greenwood, Woodville, Downtown, West Side, East Side, Lakeside, and Montrose.
Wakefield borders the towns of Reading, Melrose, Stoneham, Lynnfield, and Saugus. I-95/128 runs through Wakefield, which is also accessible by MBTA Commuter Rail.