These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Massachusetts


We analyzed over 38 places in Massachusetts to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Massachusetts.

But where exactly in Massachusetts? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Massachusetts that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Everett don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Bay State to retire:

  1. Everett (Photos)
  2. Revere (Photos)
  3. Somerville (Photos)
  4. Malden (Photos)
  5. Chelsea (Photos)
  6. Melrose (Photos)
  7. Medford (Photos)
  8. Lynn (Photos)
  9. Cambridge (Photos)
  10. Boston (Photos)

Why did Everett take the top spot? And where are Boston and Worcester?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Massachusetts.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Bay State

To create our list of the best places in Massachusetts to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Bay State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 38 places from across the state.

For these 38, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 38, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Everett, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. Everett

Everett, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,636
Cost Of Living: 134
Distance to Closest Airport: 3 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,334
Everett ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 22nd place rank for cost of living and it’s 16th place safety rank.

2. Revere

Revere, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 53,165
Cost Of Living: 134
Distance to Closest Airport: 3 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,612
Revere ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 22nd place rank for cost of living and it’s 17th place safety rank.

3. Somerville

Somerville, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 79,507
Cost Of Living: 164
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,807
Somerville ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 35th place rank for cost of living and it’s 10th place safety rank.

4. Malden

Malden, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,732
Cost Of Living: 143
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,185
Malden ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 26th place rank for cost of living and it’s 15th place safety rank.

5. Chelsea

Chelsea, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,244
Cost Of Living: 127
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,872
Chelsea ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 20th place rank for cost of living and it’s 32nd place safety rank.

6. Melrose

Melrose, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,787
Cost Of Living: 165
Distance to Closest Airport: 6 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,065
Melrose ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 36th place rank for cost of living and it’s 3rd place safety rank.

7. Medford

Medford, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 57,180
Cost Of Living: 156
Distance to Closest Airport: 6 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,673
Medford ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 31st place rank for cost of living and it’s 9th place safety rank.

8. Lynn

Lynn, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 92,074
Cost Of Living: 126
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,257
Lynn ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 18th place rank for cost of living and it’s 24th place safety rank.

9. Cambridge

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 108,757
Cost Of Living: 183
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,673
Cambridge ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 37th place rank for cost of living and it’s 18th place safety rank.

10. Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 658,279
Cost Of Living: 161
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,344
Boston ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 33rd place rank for cost of living and it’s 25th place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Massachusetts goes to Everett.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Gardner
  • North Adams
  • New Bedford

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Massachusetts

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Everett 1 44,636 134 3 2,334
Revere 2 53,165 134 3 2,612
Somerville 3 79,507 164 5 1,807
Malden 4 60,732 143 5 2,185
Chelsea 5 38,244 127 2 3,872
Melrose 6 27,787 165 6 1,065
Medford 7 57,180 156 6 1,673
Lynn 8 92,074 126 7 3,257
Cambridge 9 108,757 183 5 2,673
Boston 10 658,279 161 2 3,344
Quincy 11 93,349 146 7 2,025
Newton 12 88,317 228 10 917
Lawrence 13 79,337 116 24 3,651
Lowell 14 109,871 122 24 3,085
Waltham 15 62,699 163 12 1,387
Westfield 16 41,486 116 14 1,492
Salem 17 42,804 136 10 3,062
Woburn 18 39,220 151 11 1,491
Chicopee 19 56,100 107 17 3,012
Peabody 20 52,235 144 11 1,956
Springfield 21 153,991 101 14 4,912
Beverly 22 40,967 150 15 1,342
Taunton 23 56,504 122 32 1,493
Newburyport 24 17,837 159 31 1,059
Worcester 25 183,677 105 41 4,010
Brockton 26 94,813 118 19 4,104
Attleboro 27 44,121 125 33 2,159
Marlborough 28 39,545 137 27 2,086
Holyoke 29 40,280 108 18 6,559
Haverhill 30 62,340 127 29 2,948
Pittsfield 31 43,632 101 34 3,518
Fall River 32 88,902 116 44 3,625
Northampton 33 28,534 126 26 2,891
Leominster 34 41,304 109 40 3,488
Fitchburg 35 40,441 101 44 3,686
New Bedford 36 94,988 115 48 4,802
North Adams 37 13,326 96 35 4,277
Gardner 38 20,334 99 52 3,717

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