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Ranked number one in the state in entrepreneurial start-ups for the past decade, Waltham is the center for new and existing businesses. Waltham's central location provides excellent accessibility, making the region a prime location for continued commercial growth. Major highways and one of the nation's best public transportation systems link the Waltham area with every market in the Northeast.

Manufacturing, primarily that of precision instruments, computers, and defense items, is an important factor in the economy of the Waltham West Suburban area. In Waltham, more than 50 percent of non-government employment is in manufacturing. The average wage of those employed in manufacturing exceeds $45,000. Waltham, Weston, and Lincoln are in Middlesex County where the per capita income is approximately 18 percent above the state average as reported in the census.

The Central Business District in downtown Waltham is currently undergoing major reconstruction on the banks of the Charles River. The reuse of the land which Grover Cronin's department store once occupied has been developed into a first-class housing and multi-retail specialty complex. Adjacent to the complex is a walking trail and a boating dock for tour boating on the Charles. This crowning jewel to downtown has spurred additional new projects including first-class restaurants offering a variety of ethnic foods. The Boston Globe labeled the area "Restaurant Row." Living and working on the Charles in the future will be ideal for those interested in a cosmopolitan, yet suburban lifestyle.

Waltham's neighboring communities within the West Suburban area also boast beautiful downtown shopping districts and expanded options for entertainment and dinning. Quaint New England "down towns" such as Lincoln, Lexington, and Concord balance larger downtown's such as Watertown and Newton. A multitude of shopping options, including malls, are available in the Waltham West Suburban marketplace and Greater Boston.


   


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