The history of Waltham dates back to 1634 when the area was settled. It was originally part of Watertown, but was incorporated as a separate town in 1738. Although some estates were built here early on, the city didn’t really see substantial growth until the 19th century.
By the 1800s, Waltham had become a major player in America’s Industrial Revolution. Numerous companies set up factories here including the Boston Manufacturing Company and the Waltham Watch Company, which earned the city the nickname ‘Watch City’.
Today Waltham still attracts a significant number of businesses thanks to its affordable real estate and close proximity to Boston. Employers in the community include Raytheon Technologies, AstraZeneca,and Brandeis University.