Malden is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. At the time of the 2010 United States Census, the population was at 59,450 people.
Malden, a hilly woodland area north of the Mystic River, was settled byPuritans in 1640 on land purchased in 1629 from the Pennacook tribe. The area was originally called the "Mistick Side" and was a part ofCharlestown. It was incorporated as a separate town in 1649.The name Malden was selected by Joseph Hills, an early settler and landholder, and was named after Maldon, England. The city originally included what are now the adjacent cities of Melrose (until 1850) andEverett (until 1870).Malden High School has the second-oldest continuous high school football rivalry in the United States withMedford High School. The first "Thanksgiving Day Game" dates back to 1889.In 1984, Malden came to national renown as the location of the controversial Fells Acres Day Care Center preschool trial.