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.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with Newton.
Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 2nd lowest in Massachusetts and the median income comes in at $127,402.
This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
We think the motto in Melrose should be “Everything is greater in Melrose,” and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.
Melrose has some of the highest home values in Massachusetts, and they’re going up fast. Additionally, Melrose only has 380.0% of its residents living in poverty.
Crime is also well below the state average, making Melrose a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Woburn 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 Woburn.
Newburyport is by far one of the best places to live in Massachusetts: the math proves it! This city has the 11th lowest unemployment rate and the 3rd highest median income in all of Massachusetts.
Plus, the median home values are the 4th highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 5th lowest in the state, making Newburyport a safe and great place to live.
Taking its place as the 5th best place in Massachusetts is Waltham. 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 5.3% helps thing too.
Let’s take a look at why Beverly is a great place to call home for 2018.
There’s low crime in Beverly, and the residents here are gainfully employed (5.7% unemployment rate).
You can make Beverly your home for only $378,100 which won’t be too hard on a $73,839 household salary.
Cambridge 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\Cambridge had the 5th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $83,122.
Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.
Medford makes a case for being one of the best places to live in Massachusetts mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.
And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 5.5% of folks are jobless, you can bet Medford residents are glad to live where they do.
Gloucester has a really low crime rate (4th lowest) and only 6.6% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($63,917). 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 Gloucester.
Peabody ranks 10th on our list of best places to live in Massachusetts thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.
Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Massachusetts that we examined.
People have been flocking to Peabody over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.
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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