Melrose was first settled in1628 as part of Charlestown and then Malden. It became the Town of Melrose in 1850 and then the City of Melrose in 1900.
The city has a population estimated over 28,000 and it occupies 4.77 square miles. It is known for its abundance of ponds and streams because of its location in a valley north of the Mystic River.
Notable places include Ell Pond, Swains Pond, Sewall Woods, Mount Hood, Boston Rock, Pine Banks Park, and the eastern part of the Middlesex Fells Reservation.
There are several neighborhoods in Melrose:
Cedar Park, Downtown Melrose, East Side, Horace Mann, Melrose Highlands, Mount Hood, Oak Grove/Pine Banks, and Wyoming