These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Massachusetts For 2019


We analyzed over 69 places in Massachusetts to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Massachusetts.

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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 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.

Where exactly in Massachusetts is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Hull as the best place to hang up your cleats.

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 Hull don’t mind us spreading the word.

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

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

For Massachusetts state reading:

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Bay State for 2019

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 — 245 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren’t townships. This left us with 69 places from across the state.

For these 69, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 69, with the lowest number being the best.

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

Hull, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,437
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $1,199
Distance to Closest Airport: 6 miles
More on Hull: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hull is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States, located on a peninsula at the southern edge of Boston Harbor. Its population was 10,293 at the 2010 census. Hull is the smallest town by land area in Plymouth County and the fourth smallest in the state. However, its population density is within the top thirty towns in the state.

Longmeadow, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 15,837
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $1,220
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
More on Longmeadow: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Longmeadow is a town in Hampden County, Massachusetts, in the United States. The population was 15,784 at the 2010 census.

Gloucester, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 29,546
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 26)
Median Rent: $1,009
Distance to Closest Airport: 24 miles
More on Gloucester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gloucester is a city on Cape Ann in Essex County, Massachusetts, in the United States. It is part of Massachusetts’ North Shore. The population was 28,789 at the 2010 U.S. Census. An important center of the fishing industry and a popular summer destination, Gloucester consists of an urban core on the north side of the harbor and the outlying neighborhoods of Annisquam, Bay View, Lanesville, Folly Cove, Magnolia, Riverdale, East Gloucester, and West Gloucester.

Newburyport, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 17,837
Rank Last Year: 36 (Up 32)
Median Rent: $1,143
Distance to Closest Airport: 31 miles
More on Newburyport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newburyport is a small coastal, scenic, and historic city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States, 35 miles northeast of Boston. The population was 17,416 at the 2010 census. A historic seaport with a vibrant tourism industry, Newburyport includes part of Plum Island. The mooring, winter storage and maintenance of recreational boats, motor and sail, still contribute a large part of the city’s income. A Coast Guard station oversees boating activity, especially in the swift tidal currents of the Merrimack River.

Maynard, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,526
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $1,110
Distance to Closest Airport: 23 miles
More on Maynard: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Maynard is a small suburban town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. The town is located 22 miles west of Boston, in the MetroWest and Greater Boston region of Massachusetts and borders Acton, Concord, Stow and Sudbury. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 10,106.

Arlington, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 44,408
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $1,463
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
More on Arlington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Arlington is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, six miles northwest of Boston. The population was 42,844 at the 2010 census.

Swampscott, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,250
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $1,313
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
More on Swampscott: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Swampscott is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States located 15 miles up the coast from Boston in an area known as the North Shore. The population was 13,787 as of 2010. A former summer resort on Massachusetts Bay, Swampscott is today a fairly affluent residential community and includes the village of Beach Bluff, as well as part of the neighborhood of Clifton. It is known for its quiet suburban character and lovely beaches. The town was home to the scenic ocean front college, Marian Court College until 2015.

Wakefield, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 26,399
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $1,242
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
More on Wakefield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lynnfield, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,489
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $1,477
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on Lynnfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lynnfield is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, in the United States. At the 2010 census, the town population was 11,596.

Winchester, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 22,491
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $1,571
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
More on Winchester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Winchester is a small suburban town located 8.2 miles north of downtown Boston, Massachusetts, United States. It is the 7th wealthiest municipality in Massachusetts and functions largely as a bedroom community for professionals who work in the greater Boston area. The population was 21,374 at the 2010 United States Census.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Massachusetts Yet…

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

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

  1. Lawrence
  2. Brockton
  3. Worcester

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In Massachusetts

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Hull 10,437 $1,199
2 Longmeadow 15,837 $1,220
3 Gloucester 29,546 $1,009
4 Newburyport 17,837 $1,143
5 Maynard 10,526 $1,110
6 Arlington 44,408 $1,463
7 Swampscott 14,250 $1,313
8 Wakefield 26,399 $1,242
9 Lynnfield 12,489 $1,477
10 Winchester 22,491 $1,571
11 Needham 30,167 $1,453
12 Melrose 27,787 $1,176
13 Saugus 27,773 $1,155
14 Milton 27,351 $1,349
15 Beverly 40,967 $1,113
16 Reading 25,490 $1,302
17 Stoneham 21,831 $1,358
18 North Adams 13,326 $684
19 Marblehead 20,363 $1,353
20 Westfield 41,486 $913
21 Pittsfield 43,632 $801
22 Peabody 52,235 $1,239
23 Salem 42,804 $1,106
24 Somerset 18,279 $965
25 Lexington 32,936 $1,799
26 Wellesley 28,909 $1,852
27 Newton 88,317 $1,733
28 Danvers 27,558 $1,254
29 Hudson 15,379 $1,125
30 Brookline 59,180 $2,005
31 Belmont 25,555 $1,710
32 Gardner 20,334 $767
33 Abington 16,196 $1,111
34 Dedham 25,272 $1,460
35 Waltham 62,699 $1,428
36 Northampton 28,534 $984
37 Medford 57,180 $1,495
38 Holyoke 40,280 $742
39 Webster 12,122 $809
40 Quincy 93,349 $1,305
41 Chicopee 56,100 $845
42 Cambridge 108,757 $1,754
43 Boston 658,279 $1,369
44 Woburn 39,220 $1,386
45 Attleboro 44,121 $991
46 Wilmington 23,310 $1,696
47 Randolph 33,526 $1,267
48 Revere 53,165 $1,227
49 Taunton 56,504 $930
50 Fall River 88,902 $734
51 Springfield 153,991 $839
52 Malden 60,732 $1,324
53 Norwood 29,018 $1,350
54 Burlington 25,698 $1,693
55 Everett 44,636 $1,298
56 Framingham 70,743 $1,231
57 Lowell 109,871 $1,041
58 New Bedford 94,988 $777
59 Haverhill 62,340 $1,085
60 Milford 25,701 $1,021
61 Lynn 92,074 $1,055
62 Somerville 79,507 $1,600
63 Chelsea 38,244 $1,193
64 Leominster 41,304 $877
65 Fitchburg 40,441 $912
66 Marlborough 39,545 $1,245
67 Worcester 183,677 $975
68 Brockton 94,813 $1,022
69 Lawrence 79,337 $1,033

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