Stoneham is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, nine miles north of downtown Boston. Its population was 21,437 at the 2010 census, and its proximity to major highways and public transportation offer convenient access to Boston and the North Shore coastal region and beaches of Massachusetts. The town is the birthplace of Olympic hockey medalist Patrick Harrington and is the home of the Stone Zoo.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.7 square miles (17.4 kmē), of which 6.2 square miles (15.9 kmē) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.5 kmē), or 8.36%, is water. Stoneham has two exits off Interstate 93, Route 28 and Winchester Highlands. Stoneham borders the following cities or towns: Woburn, Winchester, Medford, Melrose, Wakefield, Reading, and Malden.
As of the census of 2000, there were 22,219 people, 9,050 households, and 5,873 families residing in the town. The population density was 3,614.1 people per square mile (1,394.9/kmē). There were 9,289 housing units at an average density of 1,510.9 per square mile (583.2/kmē).
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