10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Massachusetts For 2019

We used science and data to determine which cities in Massachusetts have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for . This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Massachusetts.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.


According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Massachusetts? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Bay State for 2019:

  1. Wellesley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Milton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Needham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Winchester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Longmeadow (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Arlington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Swampscott (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Brookline (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Newton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Reading (Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Massachusetts, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Massachusetts and the best places for families in the country:

How do you determine which place is best for families in Massachusetts anyways?

To give you the places in Massachusetts which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Bay State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Massachusetts, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Massachusetts, that meant a total of 69 cities.

Read on to see why Wellesley is where all the families are headed, while Leominster is probably a place made for singles.

Wellesley, MA

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Population: 29,004
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 70
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 41.8%
More on Wellesley: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Wellesley is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. Wellesley is part of Greater Boston. The population was 27,982 at the time of the 2010 census. Wellesley has the 3rd highest median household and family incomes in all of Massachusetts. It is best known as the home of Wellesley College, Babson College, and a campus of Massachusetts Bay Community College.

Milton, MA

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Population: 27,527
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 39.4%
More on Milton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Milton is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States and a suburb of Boston. The population was 27,003 at the 2010 census. Milton is the birthplace of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush and architect Buckminster Fuller. In 2007, 2009, and 2011, Money Magazine listed Milton 7th, 5th, and 2nd, respectively, on its annual list of the “Best Places to Live” in the United States.

Needham, MA

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Population: 30,429
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 39.3%
More on Needham: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Needham is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. A suburb of Boston, its population was 28,886 at the 2010 census. It is home to the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, an engineering school.

Winchester, MA

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Population: 22,579
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 41.8%
More on Winchester: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Winchester is a small suburban town located 8.2 miles north of downtown Boston, Massachusetts, United States. It is the 7th wealthiest municipality in Massachusetts and functions largely as a bedroom community for professionals who work in the greater Boston area. The population was 21,374 at the 2010 United States Census.

Longmeadow, MA

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Population: 15,876
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 36
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 35.5%
More on Longmeadow: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Longmeadow is a town in Hampden County, Massachusetts, in the United States. The population was 15,784 at the 2010 census.

Arlington, MA

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Population: 44,992
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 29.5%
More on Arlington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Arlington is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, six miles northwest of Boston. The population was 42,844 at the 2010 census.

Swampscott, MA

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Population: 14,563
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 29.5%
More on Swampscott: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Swampscott is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States located 15 miles up the coast from Boston in an area known as the North Shore. The population was 13,787 as of 2010. A former summer resort on Massachusetts Bay, Swampscott is today a fairly affluent residential community and includes the village of Beach Bluff, as well as part of the neighborhood of Clifton. It is known for its quiet suburban character and lovely beaches. The town was home to the scenic ocean front college, Marian Court College until 2015.

Brookline, MA

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Population: 59,246
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 24.7%
More on Brookline: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Brookline is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, in the United States, and is a part of Greater Boston. Brookline borders six of Boston’s neighborhoods: Brighton, Allston, Fenway-Kenmore, Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, and West Roxbury. The city of Newton lies to the west of Brookline.

Newton, MA

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Population: 88,479
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 34.9%
More on Newton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Newton is a suburban city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. It is approximately 7 miles west of downtown Boston and is bordered by Boston’s Brighton and West Roxbury neighborhoods to the east and south, respectively, and by the suburb of Brookline to the east, the suburbs of Watertown and Waltham to the north, and Wellesley and Needham to the west. Rather than having a single city center, Newton resembles a patchwork of thirteen villages. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Newton was 85,146, making it the eleventh largest city in the state.

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Population: 25,769
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 33.4%
More on Reading: Homes For Sale | Data

Reading RED-ing) is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, 16 miles north of central Boston. The population was 24,747 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Massachusetts

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Massachusetts ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Massachusetts according to the data:

  1. Leominster
  2. Revere
  3. Pittsfield

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Massachusetts

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Wellesley, MA 29,004 64
2 Milton, MA 27,527 61
3 Needham, MA 30,429 50
4 Winchester, MA 22,579 57
5 Longmeadow, MA 15,876 45
6 Arlington, MA 44,992 42
7 Swampscott, MA 14,563 63
8 Brookline, MA 59,246 49
9 Newton, MA 88,479 57
10 Reading, MA 25,769 51
11 Lynnfield, MA 12,732 40
12 Beverly, MA 41,431 57
13 Maynard, MA 10,560 35
14 Belmont, MA 25,965 36
15 Wakefield, MA 26,823 40
16 Dedham, MA 25,377 61
17 Hull, MA 10,402 35
18 Stoneham, MA 21,967 62
19 Melrose, MA 28,132 57
20 Newburyport, MA 17,890 44
21 Marblehead, MA 20,393 44
22 Cambridge, MA 110,893 87
23 Waltham, MA 62,832 59
24 Wilmington, MA 23,538 38
25 Hudson, MA 15,554 50
26 Abington, MA 16,275 42
27 Gardner, MA 20,496 50
28 Medford, MA 57,700 59
29 Holbrook, MA 11,029 34
30 Danvers, MA 27,527 50
31 Woburn, MA 39,500 64
32 Norwood, MA 29,121 34
33 Framingham, MA 71,232 52
34 Saugus, MA 28,037 38
35 Salem, MA 43,146 72
36 Burlington, MA 26,103 44
37 Gloucester, MA 29,858 53
38 Peabody, MA 52,610 62
39 Milford, MA 25,738 42
40 Somerset, MA 18,257 59
41 Everett, MA 45,212 50
42 Springfield, MA 154,613 77
43 Westfield, MA 41,667 58
44 Marlborough, MA 39,771 56
45 Boston, MA 669,158 100
46 Attleboro, MA 44,326 57
47 Lowell, MA 110,964 62
48 North Adams, MA 13,211 61
49 Haverhill, MA 62,943 66
50 Webster, MA 12,175 42
51 Somerville, MA 79,983 65
52 Quincy, MA 93,824 62
53 New Bedford, MA 95,125 72
54 Lynn, MA 93,069 39
55 Randolph, MA 33,704 44
56 Fitchburg, MA 40,666 66
57 Brockton, MA 95,161 46
58 Northampton, MA 28,548 43
59 Chelsea, MA 39,272 55
60 Holyoke, MA 40,362 68
61 Fall River, MA 89,258 43
62 Worcester, MA 184,743 77
63 Malden, MA 61,212 48
64 Taunton, MA 56,826 56
65 Lawrence, MA 79,497 48
66 Chicopee, MA 55,778 54
67 Pittsfield, MA 43,289 53
68 Revere, MA 53,864 47
69 Leominster, MA 41,446 51

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