Miles from Boston 17
Population 12,970 (2005)
Median house price $553,918 (2007)
Tax rate $13.82
Average single-family property tax $9,548 (state average $3,962)
Transportation Routes 20, 27, 30, 126, I-90.
MCAS Among 280 systems, 10th-graders ranked second in English and fourth in math, according to a Globe analysis of 2006 results. Sixth-graders ranked 17 out of 305 systems in English and 23 in math, according to Globe analysis of 2006 MCAS results. Third-graders ranked 68 out of 298 systems in reading and 99 in math.
Census facts Median family income is $113,671, compared to national figure of $50,046, and 68 percent held a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to national rate of 24 percent.
WAYLAND - Fred Turkington put it simply. "It's a nice place," the town administrator said of this wealthy enclave surrounded by towns bursting with malls and other commercial development.
Drained by the Sudbury River, Wayland has zealously maintained its rural atmosphere and has created, with private groups, an abundance of green space, trails, and public lands throughout the community. Among major green spaces are Cochituate State Park and Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
Turkington noted that surrounding communities - principally Natick and Framingham - provide more than ample shopping and entertainment opportunities of all kinds.
A major mixed-use development - to be known as Wayland Town Center - is working its way through the permitting process and, if it's approved, groundbreaking could happen next spring.
The 400,000-square-foot combination of commercial, retail, and residential space will generate up to $1 million in new taxes for the town, making just a small dent on the heavy reliance on residential property to support town finances, said Turkington. He said residential property taxpayers account for about 96 percent of town revenue.
The developers have set aside a 70,000-square-foot parcel and the town must decide what goes there. Turkington said top candidates are a new library or a senior center, though no decision has yet been made.
Settled by Europeans in the early 17th century, Wayland was a farming and shoemaking town, but now is considered a bedroom community with high-performing schools.
On a recent week, Realtor.com listed 78 single-family homes, ranging from $329,000 for a two-bed, one-bath, 912-square-foot home to $3.5 million for a six-bed, 5.5-bath 6,500-square-foot home. Median price of a single-family home through July was $553,918, according to the Warren Group, which publishes real estate information.
JOHN RICHARDSON ELLEMENT