Located southwest of the Boston city limits, Dedham, Massachusetts has historical significance of its own. The city was incorporated in 1636 and is home to the United States' first canal and the first public school supported by taxes. The Fairbanks House is the oldest wood frame structure in North America. The Norfolk County Courthouse was the site for the famous Sacco and Vanzetti trial in the 1920s.
Today, Dedham is an active city that successfully combines the old with the new. Dedham Square is the city's hub with terrific shops, restaurants and an old-fashioned movie theater. There are several generations of Dedham residents who stay because of its great location, beautiful parks and New England charm.
As of the 2010 census, Dedham's population was 24,729. Most identify their place of residence not by the name of the city but rather by their individual neighborhood. It has been that way for many, many years. From the oldest and most historic, The Village, to the waterfront of Riverdale to the square of Oakdale among others, Dedham neighborhoods are made up of proud, close-knit and mostly middle-class residents.
Students attend school within the Dedham School District consisting of an Early Childhood Center for grades Pre-K to grade 1, four elementary schools, Dedham Middle School and Dedham High School. Oakdale Elementary School is one of the city's strongest schools with a high rating of 9. There are also three private schools in the city. Dedham Country Day School is for students from Pre-K to grade 8. Noble and Greenough School, a coed day and boarding institution, is for grades 7-12. Ursuline Academy is a Catholic girl's school also for grades 7-12.
Home prices in Dedham are, on average, much more affordable than in neighboring towns. According to Zillow reports through June 30, 2016, the median home price here is $423,300, an increase of 8.6% over last year. Prices are expected to increase another 2% this year. The rental index is $2504.
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