These Are The 10 Best Boston Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 24 places around Boston to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Boston suburbs.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Boston are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

If you happen to be a resident of Newton, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Boston ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Boston for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Boston was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Boston.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 4,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 24 suburbs to evaluate around Boston.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 24 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Boston.” We’re lookin’ at you, Newton.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Newton, MA

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Population: 88,479
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $133,853
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
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Newton is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Boston area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Newton.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $133,853 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Boston region. And only 3.7% are out of work. Homes average more than $845,100 each.

Melrose, MA

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Population: 28,132
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $93,434
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
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Melrose is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Boston for 2019.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 0.9% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

Cambridge, MA

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Population: 110,893
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $89,145
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 13.5%
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Here in Cambridge, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Boston metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Cambridge.

Somerville, MA

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Population: 79,983
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $84,722
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 12.4%
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Somerville ranks as the 4th best suburb of Boston for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Somerville and the schools are some of the best around.

Woburn, MA

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Population: 39,500
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $83,304
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Woburn.

Woburn gets kudos for having the 7th most expensive homes in the Boston area, where houses sell for an average of $394,900. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Medford, MA

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Population: 57,700
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $86,204
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 10.3%
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Medford is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 4.8% which is 5th best in the area.

According to online reports, Medford is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Boston area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Review Of Medford by HomeSnacks User

Schools s***s. Sirens keep me up all night. I wanna die.

The new target is cool. The people who work there s**k though.

Beverly, MA

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Population: 41,431
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $77,893
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.3%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Beverly.

Beverly schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 18.0 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Waltham, MA

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Population: 62,832
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $83,249
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 9.8%
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Waltham is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 4.1% of people lack insurance, good for 14th in the area.

Marlborough, MA

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Population: 39,771
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Income: $75,418
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Marlborough?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Quincy, MA

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Population: 93,824
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $71,808
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Poverty Rate: 10.5%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Quincy.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Boston ‘Burbs of 2019

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Boston, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Boston Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Newton 88,479 $133,853
2 Melrose 28,132 $93,434
3 Cambridge 110,893 $89,145
4 Somerville 79,983 $84,722
5 Woburn 39,500 $83,304
6 Medford 57,700 $86,204
7 Beverly 41,431 $77,893
8 Waltham 62,832 $83,249
9 Marlborough 39,771 $75,418
10 Quincy 93,824 $71,808
11 Peabody 52,610 $65,085
12 Gloucester 29,858 $65,348
13 Salem 43,146 $65,528
14 Malden 61,212 $62,361
15 Revere 53,864 $53,794
16 Everett 45,212 $57,254
17 Taunton 56,826 $56,797
18 Watertown 4,329 $63,688
19 Chelsea 39,272 $51,839
20 Lynn 93,069 $53,513
21 Southfield 73,228 $52,470
22 Lowell 110,964 $48,581
23 Brockton 95,161 $52,393
24 Lawrence 79,497 $39,627

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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