Malden is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, approximately 5 miles north of downtown Boston. Melrose, Medford, Everett, and Revere border it.
Malden was first settled in 1640 and incorporated as a separate town in 1649. It became a city in 1882.
Initially an agricultural community, Malden began to industrialize in the 19th century, with factories producing rubber and other goods. The city’s population grew rapidly during this time as it became a desirable residential area for workers in the expanding Boston metropolitan area. Today, Malden is a diverse and vibrant community with a mix of residential, commercial, and industrial areas.
As of the 2020 U.S. Census, Malden has a population of approximately 60,000 residents.
Middlesex Fells Reservation: A large nature reserve offering hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing trails, as well as opportunities for wildlife observation and birdwatching. Pine Banks Park: A 107-acre park shared between Malden and Melrose, with sports fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, and walking trails. Bell Rock Memorial Park: A historical park featuring the Bell Rock Memorial, a tribute to Malden’s veterans, and a playground.
Events & Festivals:
Malden Summer Concert Series: Free outdoor concerts are held in various parks throughout the city during the summer months. Malden Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony: A festive holiday event held in December, featuring live entertainment, refreshments, and the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree.
Accommodation Alternatives Where to Stay:
While there are limited accommodations within Malden itself, nearby options include the Econo Lodge Malden, Town Line Inn Motel, and several hotels in neighboring Medford, such as the AC Hotel by Marriott Boston North and Hyatt Place Boston/Medford.
Food & Dining Where to Eat:
Malden offers diverse restaurants, cafes, and bars. Popular choices include All Seasons Table (Asian fusion), Pearl Street Station Restaurant (American and Italian cuisine), and Exchange Street Bistro (New American fare).
Malden is the birthplace of Converse, the iconic sneaker brand founded by Marquis Mills Converse in 1908. The city was named after Maldon, a town in England, by its early Puritan settlers. Malden High School, established in 1851, is one of the oldest public high schools in Massachusetts.