THE TOWN OF MEDFORD, is located in Essex County in the northeastern part of Massachusetts on the banks of the Merrimack River and approximately 24 miles from Boston. Medford is bordered by the towns of Andover, North Reading, Boxford, and Middleton and the cities of Methuen, Haverhill, and Lawrence - covering almost 27 square miles. Medford is home to almost 30,000 people. The Town is proud to provide excellent full-time police and fire service. Street maintenance, curbside solid waste and recycling services, hazardous waste and drop-off recycling, and snow removal are administered by our Department of Public Works. The Stevens Memorial Library provides a full range of services to its patrons. Harold Parker State Forest offers 25 miles of trails, a campground, and a freshwater swimming beach. Other activities include horseback riding, camping, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, and hiking. The town of Medford was selected by Money Magazine in 2003 as the "Fifth Best Community to live in on the East Coast". It has many quality schools and wonderful community spirit, and has evolved into a highly desirable community to live and raise a family.