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Waltham, Massachusetts

Waltham, Massachusetts
Full nameWaltham, Massachusetts
Official nameWaltham, Massachusetts
Settlement typeCity
CountryUnited States
Incorporated A Town1738
Incorporated A City1884
TypeMayor-council city
MayorJeannette A. McCarthy
Total Area13.6 sq mi (35.2 km2)
Land Area12.7 sq mi (32.9 km2)
Water Area0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
Elevation50 ft (15.2 m)
Total Population60632 (2010)
Density (pop.)1816.3/km2 (4705.4/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneEastern (UTC-5)
- Summer (DST)Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code02451-02454
Area code339 / 781
FIPS code25-72600
GNIS feature ID0612400

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Waltham is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, was an early center for the labor movement, and major contributor to the American Industrial Revolution. The original home of the Boston Manufacturing Company, the city was a prototype for 19th century industrial city planning, spawning what became known as the Waltham-Lowell system of labor and production. The city is now a center for research and higher education, home to Brandeis University and Bentley University. The population was 60,632 at the census in 2010.

Waltham is commonly referred to as Watch City because of its association with the watch industry. Waltham Watch Company opened its factory in Waltham in 1854 and was the first company to make watches on an assembly line. It won the gold medal in 1876 at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. The company produced over 40 million watches, clocks and instruments before it closed in 1957.

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