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 10 Best Places To Live In Massachusetts For 2019
Newton is the best when it comes to overall likeability. According to the data, Newton is a little slice of heaven when it comes to Massachusetts living.
It’s residents have the 1st highest income in the state, and according to government data, the skies are clearer in Median than any other place in the state. The 1st lowest crime in Massachusetts also makes it very appealing.
You can’t argue with large bank accounts and sunshine, can you?
The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Massachusetts, as there were only 19 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 1st lowest in Massachusetts (4.3%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.
Additionally, homes are the 5th most expensive in Melrose ($437,100), meaning a lot of people want to live there.
Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $87,712 a year.
If you live in Woburn, you probably know how great it is already.
Woburn has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($83,872). And the crime is really, really low (8th lowest in Massachusetts).
If we could afford to move here, we probably would.
Newburyport takes 4th place on our list of best places in Massachusetts for 2019 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 has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Waltham had the 6th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $82,188.
Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.
Beverly broke into the top ten best places to live in Massachusetts on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.
It placed 10th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 9th highest median income of any place in our analysis.
However, it only has the 20th shortest average commute time of any place in Massachusetts.
Cambridge is by far one of the best places to live in Massachusetts: the math proves it! This city has the 6th lowest unemployment rate and the 5th highest median income in all of Massachusetts.
Plus, the median home values are the 2nd highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 20th lowest in the state, making Cambridge a safe and great place to live.
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 Medford.
The median home costs a cool $421,200 and households make $79,607 which is good for 7th in Massachusetts.
Add that all up and Medford places 8th in our ranking of the best places to live in Massachusetts for 2019.
In Gloucester, everyone loves to call Gloucester home! The median home value is the 11th highest in Massachusetts.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 12th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Bay State.
Peabody 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.
Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Massachusetts
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.
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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