Wayland, Massachusetts

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Wayland is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. The state representative of Wayland is Tom Conroy, and the governer is Deval Patrick. The population was 13,100 at the 2000 census.

For geographic and demographic information on Cochituate, which is part of Wayland, please see the article Cochituate, Massachusetts.



Wayland was the first settlement of Sudbury Plantation in 1639. The Town of East Sudbury was incorporated on April 10, 1780, on land which had formerly been part of Sudbury. On March 11, 1835, East Sudbury became Wayland, a farming community, presumably in honor of Dr. Francis Wayland, who was president of Brown University and a friend of East Sudbury’s Judge Edward Mellen. Both Wayland and Mellen became benefactors of the town’s library, the first free public library in the state.[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.9 square miles (41.2 km²), of which, 15.2 square miles (39.4 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²) of it (4.21%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 13,100 people, 4,625 households, and 3,723 families residing in the town. The population density was 859.9 people per square mile (332.1/km²). There were 4,735 housing units at an average density of 310.8/sq mi (120.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.21% White, 0.75% African American, 0.10% Native American, 5.34% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 1.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.15% of the population.

There were 4,625 households out of which 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.5% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.5% were non-families. 16.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.15.

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