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General Information
Population: 16,777
Land Area: 24.52 square miles
Median Family Income: $141,293
2021 Property Tax Rate: $14.72 per $1,000 assessed
2020 Median Single Family Sale Price: $1,170,000
2020 Median Condo Sale Price: $549,000
2018-2019 Average SAT Score: 1271


Concord, Massachusetts is perhaps most famously home to the first conflict of the American Revolutionary War. Much of Concord’s charm belongs to its rich literary history as home to some of America’s most famous works from Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau. Today, Concord has grown into a Boston suburb with a population of 17,699. Concord is 26 square miles and 19 miles east of Boston. With easy and ample access to public transportation, homebuyers in Concord enjoy an easy commute.

Concord’s excellent public school district is strengthened by its large population of college-educated adults. This makes buying a home in Concord, MA, a great investment for young families looking for an environment encouraging academic success.

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Public Education

Within Concord there are one public integrated preschool, three public elementary schools, one public middle school, and one regional public high school shared with the neighboring town of Carlisle. Concord is a member of the Minuteman Regional School District, which runs a vocational technical school, with a newly rebuilt campus located in neighboring Lexington.

Curriculum: Concord Public Schools and the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District aligns its curriculum with Content Area Standards based on Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and National Standards. Teams of educators reflect on and improve the curriculum each year. Key parts include: essential questions (questions which focus on the underlying concept taught and require reasoning, judgment and evaluation), content (subject matter itself, key concepts, facts, topics, important information), skills (targeting proficiencies, technical actions and strategies for showing understanding of the content), and assessments (observable evidence of learning).

Concord Integrated Preschool is designed to foster a love of learning through a positive first school experience for preschool students with disabilities and community peers. It provides the foundation for kindergarten readiness and future academics by encouraging children to become independent, self-confident, and inquisitive learners.

Monday through Thursday
• Morning: 9:00 – 11:30
• Afternoon: 12:30 – 3:00
• Full Day: 9:00 – 3:00

All schools are grade K-5 and teach a Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies core curriculum that is complemented by Art lessons, Music programing, Physical Education, and Library learning.

• Alcott (link to niche page)
• Thoreau (link to niche page)
• Willard (link to niche page)

• 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
• 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Tuesday

Assignment: Elementary school assignment is based on geography. Current districting and registration information can be found on the Concord Public School website.

Concord Middle School (CMS) is a 6-8 middle level school comprised of two buildings: the Sanborn building and the Peabody building, which are less than one mile apart. The middle school model combines both a Department and House structure in order to maximize both content expertise and support the student as a whole child. The middle school curriculum covers language arts, math, science and social studies, as well as art, physical education, foreign language, and library learning. School hours slightly different at each building.

Sanborn Building
• 8:25 AM – 2:40 PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
• 8:25 AM – 1:25 PM Tuesday

Peabody Building
• 8:15 AM – 2:30 PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
• 8:15 AM – 1:15 PM Tuesday

Committed to excellence in and out of the classroom, the Concord Carlisle High School community believes that it is its mission to inspire the students of Concord, Carlisle, and Boston to strive for and meet high levels of academic and personal achievement. The community also believes that the respectful, supportive, and engaging learning environment at CCHS instills intellectual curiosity, a passion for learning, as well as an understanding of one’s role in the local community and in a diverse global society. The high school curriculum covers language arts, math, science and social studies, as well as music, fine arts, heath & fitness, and foreign language.

• 2019-2020 Enrollment: 1280
• 2019 Four year adjusted cohort graduation rate: 98.1%
• 2018-2019 Percent of students completing advanced courses: 84.3%
• 2018-2019 Average SAT Score: 1271
• 2018 Total expenditures per pupil: $22,471.63

Private Education

There are a number of private schools in Concord, including:
Fenn School (Boys grades 4–9)
Nashoba Brooks School (co-ed preschool–grade 3 and girls grades 4-8)
Middlesex School (grades 9-12)
Concord Academy (grades 9-12)


Concord is located 20 miles northwest of Boston. Under light traffic conditions, the commute is approximately 40 minutes into Boston with three major commuter routes: Route 2, Interstate 95 / Route128, and Interstate 495. Read more about major driving routes here.

The MBTA Fitchburg Commuter Rail runs to/from North Station in downtown Boston and has two stops in Concord: one at the Concord Depot and one in West Concord. It is about a 40 minute ride between the Concord Depot and North Station, and 30 minutes between Concord and Porter Square, where the train connects to the MBTA Red Line, which runs with multiple stops through Cambridge into Boston.

The Yankee Bus Line provides commuter service between Acton, MA and Copley Square in Boston with a stop in Concord at Crosby’s supermarket. The service runs two inbound trips in the morning and two outbound trips in the afternoon.


Parks & Recreation

Walden Pond was once home to the renowned author, Henry David Thoreau. Now part of the Massachusetts Forests and Parks system, Walden Pond State Reservation includes 462 acres of protected open space for hiking, swimming, fishing, canoeing, and cross country skiing. Year round interpretive programs and guided walks are offered, as well as a gift shop, bookstore, and the Tsongas gallery.

Minuteman National Park extends through Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord. It contains numerous historical sites from the opening battle of the Revolution, including the Old North Bridge, Wayside and The Battle Road Trail, which extends 5 miles from Meriam’s Corner in Concord to the Eastern boundary of the park in Lexington. The Parks offer a wide range of special events as well as guided tours.

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is one of more than 560 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Covering 253 acres on the banks of the Concord River, it is considered one of the best inland birding sites in Massachusetts by noted ornithologists. Within the refuge, there are 2.7 miles of trails, including the Dike, Timber, Edge, and Black Duck Creek trails, where wildlife may be observed.

Great Brook Farm State Park is a 1000-acre park featuring more than 20 miles of trails, as well as open meadows and scenic ponds for hiking, picnicking, canoeing, fishing and cross-country skiing. One can see notable Native American sites and 17th-century cellar holes left over from English settlers. There’s also an active dairy farm that offers free tours on weekends and seasonal ice cream.

South Bridge Boat House is a family-run business offers canoe and kayak rentals with direct access to 18 miles of the Concord River and is within easy paddling distance of the Sudbury River, Assabet River, and the Old North Bridge.

The Concord Recreation Department (the Rec) supports and promotes community through wellness and play. With two facilities, Hunt Recreation Center & Emerson Playground and Beede Swim & Fitness Center, the Rec offers a full range of programs including the After School Program, Before School Program, Concord Carousel PreSchool, the Summer Day Camp, Youth and Adult Sports, Fitness Classes, and Aquatics, among others. A full program guide is produced twice a year, with the Fall/Winter brochure coming out in early to mid August and the Spring/Summer version arriving in mid February.

Hiking Trails
• Annursnac: Baptist Brook Trail
• Barrett’s Mill Conservation Area Trail
• Emerson-Thoreau Amble
• Estabrook Woods Trail
• Hapgood Wright Town Forest Trail
• Harry Beyer Assessed Trail
• Mattison Field Trail
• October Farm Riverfront Trail
• Old Rifle Range Trail
• Powder Mill Woods Trail
• Punkatasset Preserve Trail
• Reformatory Branch Trail
• River Confluence Trail
• Thoreau Leave No Trace National Historic Trail
• West Concord Park
• Westvale-Harrington Park
• White Pond


Country Clubs
• Concord Country Club
• Nashawtuc Country Club
• Heritage Pool and Racquet Club

Library, Museum & Arts

Founded in 1873 through the generosity and vision of Concord native, William Munroe, the mission of the Concord Free Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning and to actively promote personal enrichment by connecting community members to information, ideas, culture, unique historical resources, and each other in a tradition of innovation and excellence. Most recently renovated from 2003-2005, the Concord Free Public Library offers a wide range of services including museum passes, interlibrary loans, meeting rooms, homebound services, and access to technology. Ongoing programs run through the library include: ARtSplorers, Storytime, Homework Help for Kids, Homework Help for Teens, Girls Who Code, and Fun Fridays.

The Umbrella Community Arts Center offers arts education programs, performing and visual arts presentations, and community collaborations out of the town’s first steel-beamed structure. Built as a high school in 1929, Emerson School has long been an important architectural landmark in downtown Concord. Today, through its programming, the Umbrella continues to inspire creativity, learning, and personal growth. It offers studio space for more than 50 artists, a variety of classes and workshops for children and adults in four large teaching studios, exhibition space in the Gallery, community arts initiatives, and performance space for all disciplines in two theaters—a newly constructed 344-seat main stage theater and 100-seat black box theater—as well as a new dance studio classroom.

Founded in 2005, the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a non-profit school, serving Concord and 15 surrounding communities. CCM offers an array of private lessons and group classes to kids, teens, and adults, as well as various ensemble groups, jazz combos, a rock lab, composition classes and more. CCM also runs community events and workshops throughout the year.

The Concord Museum houses one of the oldest and most treasured collections of Americana in the country, featuring a renowned historical collection, American literary treasures, and a nationally-significant collection of Concord clocks, silver, and furniture in self-touring galleries.

Local Agriculture

Verrill Farm is a 200-acre family-owned farm in Concord and Sudbury that is committed to sustainable farming practices from soil improvement to the support of community life. Among its many offerings are a year-round farm stand, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Share Programs, Seasonal Pick Your Own programming, Private Events and Catering.

Literary Attractions

Concord is home to many notable authors, including a legendary literary group that formed in the mid 19th century and whose homes have been preserved as museums.
• Luisa May Alcott’s Orchard House
• Ralph Waldo Emerson House
• The Wayside
• The Old Manse
• Thoreau Farm

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is a beautiful planned cemetery with ridges and natural bowls framing a wide variety of stones and memorials. “Author’s Ridge” is home of the graves of Henry David Thoreau, Nathanial Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, among other

Local Businesses

Shops & Cafe’s

• Bedford Farms Ice Cream
• Concord Cheese Shop
• Concord Hand Designs
• Footstock
• French Lessons
• Gaim

Grocery Stores

In Town:
• Concord Market
• Concord Tea Cakes
• Debra’s Natural Gourmet
• Crosby’s

Nearby Grocery Stores:
• Whole Foods (Bedford)
• Wegmen’s (Burlington)
• H Mart (Burlington)

Gyms & Fitness Studios

• Concord Fit Squad
• Gold’s Gym
• Mystic Moon Yoga
• On the Mat Yoga Studio
• Orange Theory
• Pure Barre
• Shakti Health Fitness & Wellness
• Boston Sports Club (Bedford)
• Lifetime (Burlington)

Coleman Group Tip

Hit-up Woods Hill Table for fabulous farm to table dining in a rustic setting. Concord Cheese Shop is beloved by locals for its fine cheese selection, gourmet foods, and wine-- stop in, sample, and bring your favorites for a picnic at overlooking the Concord River and Old North Bridge.