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The Neighborhood Stabilization Project Initiative

The Malden Redevelopment Authority is partnering with Greater Boston Legal Services, City Life/Vida Urbana, Tri-City Community Action Program (Tri-CAP), Century Bank, and East Boston Savings Bank to implement the Neighborhood Stabilization Project Initiative, designed to stabilize low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Among other activities, the initiative will employ a variety of foreclosure prevention efforts, will assist residents in finding employment, and will provide residents with a number of wrap-around services. The initiative will also examine and seek to promote policy to advance neighborhood stabilization across the state.

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Learn about Malden

Malden is one of several older industrial suburbs bordering Boston. In its industrial heyday, the city had a varied manufacturing base that included leather goods, textiles, chemicals, munitions, and rubber boots.

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Malden's population has held fairly steady over the past half-century. Census data show that its population was 57,676 in 1960 and 59,450 in 2010.

Malden MA
Persons under 18 years 56.7% 21.7%
Persons 65 years and over 11.8% 13.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2% 0.3%
Asian alone 20.1% 5.3%
Black or African-American alone 14.8% 6.6%
Hispanic or Latino 8.4% 9.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander <0.1% 0.0%
Two or more races 3.2% 2.6%
White alone 62.8% 80.4%
White alone (not Hispanic or Latino) 52.5% 76.1%

"From the summit of Waitt's Hill, Malden is seen both to be a residential and a manufacturing city, tree-shaded and girt on the north and northwest by the rugged, wooded cliffs of the Middlesex Fells. … Malden remains what it has long been, a good-sized city of comfortable middle-class homes. … The proximity of Malden to the great metropolitan center of Boston is both an advantage and a drawback to its residential appeal. Inevitably with the years, its suburban identity tends to be swallowed up in the overflow tide from the greater city."

Massachusetts: A Guide to Its Places and People, 1937

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More than one-fifth of Malden’s population is Asian. The city’s black and Hispanic percentages more than doubled between 2000 and 2010. It’s an unusually diverse city, both ethnically and economically. According to Clark University researchers’ cut of the Census, the foreign-born population is 41.3%, a percentage that has grown by more than 60% since 2000.

  • 10.0% born in Africa
  • 43.7% born in Asia
  • 9.1% born in Europe
  • 35.9% born in Latin America
  • 0.8% born in Northern America
  • 0.4% born in Oceania

The American Community Survey also shows:

  • The homeownership rate is 43.8%, compared with 63.6% statewide.
  • Malden’s median home value is $343,900, compared with $343,500 statewide.
  • Median household income is $52,842, compared with $65,981 statewide.
  • 83.7% of Malden residents 25 and over have graduated high school, compared with 88.9% statewide.
  • 16.5% have earned a bachelor’s degree, compared with 30.2% statewide.
  • 14.1% of Malden residents are below the poverty level, compared with 10.7% statewide.
Although inflation-adjusted family and household income declined by more than 10%, median home values have risen nearly 50% since 2000.
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Check out detailed stats on income, employment, education, health, and more provided by Clark University researchers for the Working Cities Challenge.

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According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, as of June 2013, Malden’s unemployment rate was 6.9%, compared with 7.4% statewide. A downtown transportation center with access to Boston is one reason for relatively low unemployment in Malden compared to other Working Cities.

Clark University researchers have found that the following employers are Malden’s largest:

  • Malden School District
  • City of Malden
  • Intercity Homemaker Service, Inc.
  • Triangle, Inc.
  • Piantedosi Baking Co., Inc.

Malden is unusually dense, with 11,698 people per square mile, compared with average state density of 620 people per square mile.

Groundwork Somerville, City of Malden, Bike to the Sea, Tri-City Community Action Program, and the Cambridge Health Alliance are partnering to establish Green Malden, Malden’s first community garden, It will tie into the larger project of creating sustainable green space along the Bike to the Sea Trail (Northern Strand Community Trail) from a 14-acre strip of land leased by the MBTA to the City of Malden. At least two of the garden beds will be used for the Salemwood School for an outdoor classroom. Food will go to the gardeners first, and excess food will go to Bread of Life Pantry.

Also in Malden, the new “Report a Problem Properties Unit” addresses problem properties, including illegal rooming houses, vacant and abandoned properties, and properties with a history of code violations and public safety complaints. The unit consists of the city controller, compliance officers, representatives from city council, police, fire departments, a Malden resident, the board of health, the building department, the legal department, and the Malden Redevelopment Authority solutions.