Where are the best places in the state of Massachusetts?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Bay State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Massachusetts.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.
After analyzing 39 places in Massachusetts, we came up with this list of the best places:
- Newton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Melrose (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Woburn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Newburyport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Waltham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Beverly (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Cambridge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Medford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Gloucester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Peabody (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Well, it looks like you should check out Newton if you’re thinking of moving to Massachusetts — it’s the best the Bay State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Massachusetts.
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The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Boston with a population of 658,279 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities — Populations over 13,000
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 13,000
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 39 cities, 107 towns, and 14 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 13,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Place To Live In Massachusetts
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in Massachusetts across a number of criteria from one to 39, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Massachusetts”.
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Massachusetts.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Newton at the end of the cul-de-sac.
If you live in Newton, you probably know how great it is already.
Newton has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($127,402). And the crime is really, really low (1st lowest in Massachusetts).
If we could afford to move here, we probably would.
Melrose isn’t just the nicest place to live in Massachusetts – it’s also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.
It’s got the 1st lowest unemployment rate, the 2nd highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you’re looking at science and data, Melrose definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2018.
Things can’t get much better than in the town of Woburn. The crime is the 8th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Woburn make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $374,300 and households make $83,872 which is good for 4th in Massachusetts.
Newburyport takes 4th place on our list of best places in Massachusetts for 2018 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (11th overall) and things to do.
Newburyport is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $461,900 at the median.
Waltham comes in at a close 5th. They have the 5th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 6th highest median income as well, which means the people in Waltham are working and getting paid well.
Additionally, the median home value is the 6th best in the state.
Taking its place as the 6th best place in Massachusetts is Beverly. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Massachusetts.
It’s considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can’t be bored here.
An unemployment rate of only 5.7% helps thing too.
Say what you want about expensive houses. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in Cambridge.
The median home costs a cool $629,700 and households make $83,122 which is good for 5th in Massachusetts.
Add that all up and Cambridge places 7th in our ranking of the best places to live in Massachusetts for 2018.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with Medford.
Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 8th lowest in Massachusetts and the median income comes in at $79,607.
This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
If you want to live in Massachusetts, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Gloucester area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.
Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $63,917 median income will do that).
Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Gloucester as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Gloucester.
Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in Peabody.
Peabody ranked impressively high for its crime rate (12th overall) and its short commute times (18th).
We think that’s worth the price of admission.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Massachusetts
If you’re looking at areas in Massachusetts with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Newton made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for 2018.
Best Towns To Live In Massachusetts
- Forestdale (Pop. 4,888)
- Topsfield (Pop. 3,435)
- Dover (Pop. 2,453)
- The Pinehills (Pop. 1,275)
- Nahant (Pop. 3,471)
- Cordaville (Pop. 2,847)
- South Duxbury (Pop. 3,684)
- Duxbury (Pop. 1,498)
- West Falmouth (Pop. 2,021)
- Essex (Pop. 1,476)
Best Small Towns To Live In Massachusetts
- Seabrook (Pop. 413)
- Siasconset (Pop. 183)
- Madaket (Pop. 307)
- New Seabury (Pop. 900)
- Mashpee Neck (Pop. 877)
- Edgartown (Pop. 649)
- Petersham (Pop. 220)
- Cheshire (Pop. 647)
- Blandford (Pop. 352)
- Brookfield (Pop. 675)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Massachusetts according to the data:
- Holyoke (Pop. 40,280)
- North Adams (Pop. 13,326)
- Springfield (Pop. 153,991)
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Massachusetts