Medfield Multifamily

Though the built environment of Medfield is dominated by single-family homes on large lots, there are more multifamily units than I would have guessed. The 2006 American Community Survey reports the following for the fraction of housing units that are single-family detached:

  • Medfield: 81%
  • Seattle: 48%
  • Boston: 12%

The rate of home ownership follows a similar trend:

  • Medfield: 78%
  • Seattle: 52%
  • Boston: 39%

When I was in grade school in Medfield pretty much everyone I knew lived in a single-family house that their family owned. And on the rare occasion I heard about a kid in our school who lived in an apartment, I remember having this sense that they were different from all the rest of us, that their families must be defective in some way. This wasn’t something I learned from my parents, or from any other explicit source. Ostensibly our widely held cultural bias against multifamily housing furtively seeped into my impressionable young mind from multiple, subtle origins.

One Response to “Medfield Multifamily”

  1. joshuadf

    Those are some very interesting numbers. I wonder how individual neighborhoods stack up. Obviously there are a few in Seattle such as South Lake Union that are more like a Huge-Ass City.

    Also I want to look at how “single-family detached” is defined; in the U-District, there are a lot of structures (including the one I live in) that were build as single-family but like the Medfield Multifamily above have since been turned into duplexes, triplexes, or rooming houses.

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