Malden, Massachusetts

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Malden is a suburban city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 56,340 at the 2000 census. In 2009 Malden was ranked the "Best Place to Raise Your Kids" in Massachusetts by Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine[1][2].



Malden, a hilly woodland area north of the Mystic River, was settled by Puritans in 1640 on land purchased in 1629 from the Pawtucket Indians. The area was originally called "Mistick Side"[3] and was a part of Charlestown. It was incorporated as a separate town in 1649.[4] The name Malden was selected by Joseph Hills, an early settler and landholder, and was named after Maldon, England.[5] Malden, which originally included what are now the adjacent cities of Melrose (until 1850) and Everett (until 1870), was incorporated as a city in 1882.

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