The Puritans purchased land from the Native American Pennacook Tribe and settled in Malden in 1640.
Located north of the Mystic River, the area was originally known as "Mistick Side" and was part of Charlestown. Named after Maldon, England by an early settler and landholder, Joseph Hills, Malden was originally incorporated on May 2, 1649 and later as a city on March 31, 1882.

During the American Revolution, the citizenry of Malden were heavily involved in the early resistance of the oppression of Britain—it was the first town to petition the colonial government to withdraw from the British Empire.

Malden’s ethnically diverse neighborhoods are organized around squares, and the city is served by a robust park and recreational system which includes a portion of the Middlesex Fells, Fellsmere Pond (designed by the Olmsted firm), and Pine Banks Park.

A Massachusetts’ Gateway City, Malden is served by the Orange Line subway providing convenient access to Downtown Boston.


County: Middlesex
Settled: 1640
Incorporated: 1649
Population: 60,859
Area: 5.1 square miles


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