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There's more to Massachusetts than Boston. There's Martha's Vineyard, Harvard, the Boston Red Sox, as well as some of the best cities in America. Lucky for you, HomeSnacks took the guessing out of Massachusetts' places to live and created a list of the top ten best places in Massachusetts for Newton based on science.
Ask any Bay Stater and they will tell you that there's definitely more to their best cities than just numbers. However, to put the best of the best Massachusetts cities into perspective, we measured household income, home prices, education, and safety. The competition was wicked fierce to say the least. The best cities in Massachusetts really brought their A-game.
So not surprising, many of our top ten cities house global leading companies in biotechnology, engineering, higher education, and finance. All Fortune 500 companies and fancy islands aside, Massachusetts is the sixth oldest state in the country. We think that's all the more reason that they should have the best cities. They've had some time to perfect them. And that's just what the Massachusetts' cities on our top ten best places to live list have done
So grab yourself a bowl of baked beans, a frosty Cape Cod, and read on.
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)
Massachusetts' cities are known for their quirky 'we discovered America' eastern culture with amazing local flare and out-of-this-world 'chowdah' carts. Needless to say, it was difficult to narrow down Massachusetts' best cities to a list of ten.
So, what city is the best place to live in Massachusetts for 2019? Well according to the UC Census and FBI data we crunched, Newton is the best place to live in the Baked Bean State.
To see a list of Massachusetts' other best cities, take a look below. And if you don't see your favorite city there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Massachusetts For 2019
Newton has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you're most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.
Just about everyone who wants a job in Newton has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 4.4% and lowering. And the Newton police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 1st lowest in the state here.
Who wouldn't want to live in a place like this?
Melrose is another gem in Bay State. The unemployment rate here is 1st lowest in the entire state at 4.3%. Other factors that make Melrose so desirable is the solid education and home prices.
Homes are valued at $437,100, and parents earn a combined $87,712 a year
There's nothing like the American dream.
If you want to live in Massachusetts, you can't go wrong if you decide to make the Woburn 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 $83,872 median income will do that).
Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Woburn as great as possible. You can't get it much better than in Woburn.
Newburyport had the 11th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (6.3%) and the 5th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.
Newburyport is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it's like to live there.
Waltham is another great city in Massachusetts with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.
Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: " We feel incredibly safe in Waltham. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it's wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things."
Who doesn't want to live in Beverly? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.
Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 5.7%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.
Expect to see more of Beverly in the news in the coming months.
Cambridge's unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 5th highest, making Cambridge a great place to work and settle down if you're look for a stable job with a stable income.
Additionally, Cambridge has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.
Medford ranks 8th 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 Medford over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.
If you live in Gloucester, you probably know how great it is already.
Gloucester has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($63,917). And the crime is really, really low (4th lowest in Massachusetts).
If we could afford to move here, we probably would.
Perhaps what makes Peabody 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 Peabody great. They also have the 13th highest median income and the 18th shortest commute time.
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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