Melrose statistics January 1998
... Changes since 1995
MELROSE AT A GLANCE
Incorporated - 1850 as a town, 1900 as a city.
Population - 27,355
Area - 4.8 square miles
Distance from Boston - 7 miles north
Homes - Mostly single family, many from the Victorian era-, also apartments and some multifamily homes
Form of Government - Mayor, Board of Aldermen, School Committee
Residential Tax Rate - $16.51 per thousand
Business Tax Rate - $25.78 per thousand
Services - Massachusetts Electric Co., Boston Gas Company, Bell Atlantic, Time Warner Cable
Transportation - Three Commuter Rail Stations, MBTA Orange Line Station at Oak Grove (Malden/Melrose line)
Public Schools - 1 High School, 1 Middle School, 7 Elementary Schools, 1 Regional Vocational High School (Wakefield)
Parochial School - St. Mary's School (Grades K-8)
Churches - 10 Protestant, 3 Catholic, 2 Non-Denominational, 1 Jewish Temple (Reform)
Hospital - Melrose-Wakefield Hospital
Library - Melrose Public Library
Weekly Newspaper - Melrose Free Press
Cultural/Recreational - Two golf courses (one public/one private), numerous parks, playgrounds, ball fields, tennis courts, 9 ponds for skating and fishing, scenic trails for hiking and biking, YMCA pool (indoor), MDC pool (out-door), Melrose Symphony Orchestra, Polymnia Choral Society, Melrose Youth Ballet, Milano Senior Center.
Melrose was originally called Ponde Fielde because of its numerous ponds and streams or Mystic Side. It occupied the valley that stretched north from the Mystic River. It was once part of a much larger territory granted to Charlestown in 1633. In 1640, Malden, including most of present day Melrose, was set off from Charlestown, and became a separate town in 1649. In 1734 the part of Melrose now known as Melrose Highlands was annexed to Stoneham.
April 2, 1999