Best Small Towns In Massachusetts For 2020


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Massachusetts are the best of the best.

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in Massachusetts.

You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Massachusetts, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Bay State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Massachusetts based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Massachusetts ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Massachusetts for 2020.

What’s the best small town in Massachusetts? Dover is the best small town in Massachusetts based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Dover, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Bay State check out:

The 15 Best Small Towns In Massachusetts For 2020

Dover, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,533
Median Income: $212,574 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $937,700 (2nd Best)
More on Dover: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,495
Median Income: $90,741 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $628,200 (7th Best)
More on Nahant: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,613
Median Income: $164,226 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $805,700 (3rd Best)
More on South Duxbury: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,668
Median Income: $160,893 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $979,400 (1st Best)
More on Duxbury: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,350
Median Income: $102,188 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $616,400 (10th Best)
More on The Pinehills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,905
Median Income: $165,800 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $563,700 (15th Best)
More on Cordaville: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,698
Median Income: $96,667 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $518,700 (18th Best)
More on North Falmouth: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,984
Median Income: $74,814 (52nd Best)
Median Home Value: $382,800 (39th Best)
More on Monument Beach: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,255
Median Income: $98,750 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $387,000 (37th Best)
More on North Pembroke: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,986
Median Income: $81,771 (39th Best)
Median Home Value: $378,700 (41st Best)
More on Westborough: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,804
Median Income: $106,172 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $573,700 (13th Best)
More on North Scituate: Data | Homes For Sale

Hopkinton, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,844
Median Income: $95,735 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $486,900 (22nd Best)
More on Hopkinton: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,835
Median Income: $127,194 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $668,000 (6th Best)
More on West Falmouth: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,385
Median Income: $113,077 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $319,800 (58th Best)
More on Wilbraham: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,350
Median Income: $85,353 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $327,400 (56th Best)
More on Millis-Clicquot: Data | Homes For Sale

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Massachusetts

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2014-2018 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 103 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 103, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Massachusetts. Top of that list — Dover. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Massachusetts.

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 15 small towns in Massachusetts are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Massachusetts:

  1. Orange
  2. West Wareham
  3. Shelburne Falls

For more massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Massachusetts

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Dover, MA 2,533 $212,574.0 $937,700.0
2 Nahant, MA 3,495 $90,741.0 $628,200.0
3 South Duxbury, MA 3,613 $164,226.0 $805,700.0
4 Duxbury, MA 1,668 $160,893.0 $979,400.0
5 The Pinehills, MA 1,350 $102,188.0 $616,400.0
6 Cordaville, MA 2,905 $165,800.0 $563,700.0
7 North Falmouth, MA 2,698 $96,667.0 $518,700.0
8 Monument Beach, MA 2,984 $74,814.0 $382,800.0
9 North Pembroke, MA 3,255 $98,750.0 $387,000.0
10 Westborough, MA 3,986 $81,771.0 $378,700.0
11 North Scituate, MA 4,804 $106,172.0 $573,700.0
12 Hopkinton, MA 2,844 $95,735.0 $486,900.0
13 West Falmouth, MA 1,835 $127,194.0 $668,000.0
14 Wilbraham, MA 3,385 $113,077.0 $319,800.0
15 Millis-Clicquot, MA 4,350 $85,353.0 $327,400.0
16 Mattapoisett Center, MA 3,594 $95,694.0 $469,200.0
17 Forestdale, MA 4,403 $99,418.0 $334,600.0
18 Williamstown, MA 4,446 $75,875.0 $365,900.0
19 East Harwich, MA 4,859 $78,359.0 $382,600.0
20 Hanson, MA 1,640 $112,031.0 $333,300.0
21 East Sandwich, MA 3,478 $91,420.0 $486,200.0
22 Teaticket, MA 1,597 $60,156.0 $353,600.0
23 Topsfield, MA 3,362 $135,211.0 $567,700.0
24 South Deerfield, MA 1,859 $63,827.0 $295,100.0
25 Hatfield, MA 1,352 $64,413.0 $299,200.0
26 Ipswich, MA 4,384 $68,289.0 $409,700.0
27 Falmouth, MA 3,508 $46,742.0 $498,600.0
28 Hopedale, MA 3,488 $103,257.0 $298,000.0
29 Sandwich, MA 2,866 $75,750.0 $359,900.0
30 Sturbridge, MA 2,169 $117,273.0 $268,600.0
31 Raynham Center, MA 4,522 $105,137.0 $338,900.0
32 Marion Center, MA 1,070 $78,661.0 $714,000.0
33 Brewster, MA 1,757 $58,214.0 $456,800.0
34 Rowley, MA 1,628 $89,167.0 $422,800.0
35 Harwich Center, MA 1,511 $84,531.0 $393,500.0
36 Littleton Common, MA 3,402 $95,926.0 $359,000.0
37 Essex, MA 1,376 $121,542.0 $471,300.0
38 Fiskdale, MA 3,166 $68,822.0 $318,600.0
39 North Eastham, MA 1,548 $56,471.0 $460,300.0
40 Vineyard Haven, MA 1,887 $49,276.0 $546,100.0
41 Sagamore, MA 3,673 $84,063.0 $391,600.0
42 Marshfield Hills, MA 2,337 $136,944.0 $627,300.0
43 East Douglas, MA 2,908 $71,048.0 $277,500.0
44 Bourne, MA 1,169 $47,851.0 $505,400.0
45 Green Harbor-Cedar Crest, MA 2,565 $97,216.0 $386,800.0
46 Pocasset, MA 3,069 $59,180.0 $340,200.0
47 Rutland, MA 2,121 $75,053.0 $218,700.0
48 Harwich Port, MA 1,739 $54,342.0 $527,800.0
49 Boxford, MA 2,744 $163,006.0 $613,400.0
50 Norton Center, MA 2,879 $119,821.0 $338,000.0
51 North Westport, MA 4,515 $67,897.0 $288,700.0
52 Upton, MA 2,529 $87,933.0 $337,200.0
53 South Lancaster, MA 1,588 $67,107.0 $283,900.0
54 North Seekonk, MA 2,534 $85,184.0 $287,100.0
55 Marshfield, MA 4,976 $84,659.0 $391,600.0
56 West Chatham, MA 1,272 $67,159.0 $582,700.0
57 Buzzards Bay, MA 3,431 $72,500.0 $282,800.0
58 Ayer, MA 2,604 $67,411.0 $289,600.0
59 Provincetown, MA 2,628 $49,018.0 $622,900.0
60 Granby, MA 1,318 $79,556.0 $223,800.0
61 Great Barrington, MA 2,492 $48,996.0 $329,300.0
62 Lenox, MA 1,998 $53,871.0 $298,000.0
63 Lunenburg, MA 2,023 $110,694.0 $248,900.0
64 Belchertown, MA 2,841 $81,131.0 $248,400.0
65 Northwest Harwich, MA 4,033 $77,617.0 $391,700.0
66 Dennis, MA 2,360 $84,000.0 $506,400.0
67 North Brookfield, MA 2,269 $68,833.0 $248,200.0
68 Acushnet Center, MA 3,136 $71,071.0 $246,600.0
69 East Pepperell, MA 1,592 $70,625.0 $279,200.0
70 Chatham, MA 1,480 $61,953.0 $797,400.0
71 Northfield, MA 1,237 $79,706.0 $243,800.0
72 Orleans, MA 1,867 $47,784.0 $435,500.0
73 Baldwinville, MA 1,894 $58,583.0 $188,300.0
74 Bellingham, MA 4,652 $85,844.0 $254,100.0
75 Salisbury, MA 4,927 $76,580.0 $356,500.0
76 North Lakeville, MA 2,936 $70,227.0 $343,200.0
77 West Dennis, MA 2,179 $62,098.0 $419,100.0
78 Wareham Center, MA 3,690 $45,735.0 $233,100.0
79 Lee, MA 1,841 $46,745.0 $241,500.0
80 East Brookfield, MA 1,124 $75,735.0 $227,200.0
81 Townsend, MA 1,372 $66,250.0 $210,500.0
82 Pepperell, MA 2,573 $75,217.0 $272,300.0
83 West Brookfield, MA 1,330 $58,466.0 $193,100.0
84 White Island Shores, MA 2,322 $89,438.0 $260,200.0
85 North Plymouth, MA 3,787 $60,353.0 $308,400.0
86 Turners Falls, MA 4,100 $38,422.0 $200,100.0
87 Smith Mills, MA 4,717 $63,125.0 $287,100.0
88 Dennis Port, MA 3,373 $52,606.0 $325,500.0
89 Barre, MA 1,068 $46,600.0 $202,000.0
90 East Dennis, MA 2,366 $58,750.0 $468,800.0
91 Weweantic, MA 1,880 $62,946.0 $251,000.0
92 Groton, MA 1,147 $83,438.0 $357,000.0
93 South Dennis, MA 3,684 $53,891.0 $288,800.0
94 Shirley, MA 1,782 $59,933.0 $255,000.0
95 Devens, MA 1,913 $67,679.0 $302,900.0
96 Ocean Grove, MA 2,963 $63,393.0 $223,200.0
97 Millers Falls, MA 1,239 $64,444.0 $182,400.0
98 Monson Center, MA 1,811 $62,000.0 $197,500.0
99 Holland, MA 1,365 $71,389.0 $209,200.0
100 Winchendon, MA 3,662 $47,946.0 $177,300.0

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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