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.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Massachusetts for 2019:
- 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 Cities 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
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Massachusetts? That would be Newton.
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.
The 10 Best Places To Live In Massachusetts For 2019
Newton is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It’s safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.
It’s quite a gem tucked away in Massachusetts.
Melrose ranks as the 2nd best place in Massachusetts for 2019. Let’s take a look at why.
Melrose has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Melrose’s cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries – to the tune of $87,712 a year.
The knock? We can’t really find one 🙂
Perhaps what makes Woburn so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.
However, quality education isn’t all that makes Woburn great. They also have the 4th highest median income and the 15th shortest commute time.
Newburyport is known for having a great education system and has the 35th shortest commute time.
Additionally, the unemployment rate in Newburyport is the 11th lowest in Massachusetts and the median income is the 3rd highest in the state.
Waltham has a really low crime rate (6th lowest) and only 5.3% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($82,188). And that goes a long way.
The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Waltham.
If you don’t have a job in Beverly, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 5.7%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $73,839.
That’s actually not a bad idea…
Cambridge has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Massachusetts. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Cambridge is a real gem.
With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Cambridge residents to work is significantly higher than average.
Things can’t get much better than in the town of Medford. The crime is the 7th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Medford make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $421,200 and households make $79,607 which is good for 7th in Massachusetts.
Who doesn’t want to live in Gloucester? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.
Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 6.6%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.
Expect to see more of Gloucester in the news in the coming months.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Peabody one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.
They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Peabody.
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 the best place to live in Massachusetts for 2019.
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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