Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Massachusetts a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Massachusetts.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Bay State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Massachusetts, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 14 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Bay State for 2018:
- Norfolk County (Photos)
- Nantucket County
- Middlesex County (Photos)
- Plymouth County (Photos)
- Franklin County (Photos)
- Essex County (Photos)
- Hampshire County (Photos)
- Barnstable County (Photos)
- Dukes County
- Bristol County (Photos)
Norfolk County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Massachusetts. And you might want to avoid Hampden County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Massachusetts, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
Or, check out the best places to live in Massachusetts and the best places to raise a family in Massachusetts.
How do you determine which Massachusetts county is the best?
To give you the best county in Massachusetts, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Massachusetts across each of the criteria from one to 14, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Massachusetts’.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Bay State.
Read on to see why Norfolk County is the best county, while Hampden County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Massachusetts.
6. Essex County
9. Dukes County
10. Bristol County
There You Have It – The Best Counties In Massachusetts To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Massachusetts can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Massachusetts according to the data:
- Hampden County
- Berkshire County
- Suffolk County
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Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Massachusetts