These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Massachusetts For 2019


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

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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 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Massachusetts for 2019:

  1. Topsfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. South Duxbury (Homes For Sale)
  3. Dover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Cordaville (Homes For Sale)
  5. Nahant (Homes For Sale)
  6. Duxbury (Homes For Sale)
  7. The Pinehills (Homes For Sale)
  8. Hopkinton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Westborough (Homes For Sale)
  10. Mattapoisett Center (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Topsfield, 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:

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 2012-2016 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 — Topsfield.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Massachusetts.

Topsfield, MA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,407
Median Income: $131,993 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $545,700 (13th Best)
More on Topsfield: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 3,644
Median Income: $143,250 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $752,800 (4th Best)
More on South Duxbury: Data | Homes For Sale

Dover, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,385
Median Income: $175,461 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $884,800 (2nd Best)
More on Dover: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,766
Median Income: $160,119 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $531,200 (15th Best)
More on Cordaville: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,488
Median Income: $81,384 (35th Best)
Median Home Value: $548,900 (12th Best)
More on Nahant: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,426
Median Income: $150,625 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $940,100 (1st Best)
More on Duxbury: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,357
Median Income: $98,869 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $589,800 (9th Best)
More on The Pinehills: Data | Homes For Sale

Hopkinton, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,936
Median Income: $113,354 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $432,600 (28th Best)
More on Hopkinton: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,013
Median Income: $83,819 (30th Best)
Median Home Value: $369,100 (38th Best)
More on Westborough: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,561
Median Income: $85,786 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $460,300 (24th Best)
More on Mattapoisett Center: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,867
Median Income: $124,021 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $616,800 (6th Best)
More on West Falmouth: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,810
Median Income: $82,705 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $527,600 (16th Best)
More on North Falmouth: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,890
Median Income: $104,159 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $553,200 (11th Best)
More on North Scituate: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,029
Median Income: $92,656 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $763,000 (3rd Best)
More on Woods Hole: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,484
Median Income: $57,386 (77th Best)
Median Home Value: $342,100 (44th Best)
More on Teaticket: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,926
Median Income: $92,917 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $382,800 (36th Best)
More on North Pembroke: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,212
Median Income: $101,346 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $352,400 (42nd Best)
More on Littleton Common: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,465
Median Income: $121,005 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $604,300 (7th Best)
More on Marshfield Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,319
Median Income: $122,337 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $485,100 (22nd Best)
More on Essex: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,097
Median Income: $71,645 (49th Best)
Median Home Value: $343,900 (43rd Best)
More on Monument Beach: Data | Homes For Sale

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 20 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. Warren
  2. Orange
  3. Winchendon

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Massachusetts

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Topsfield 3,407 $131,993.0 $545,700.0
2 South Duxbury 3,644 $143,250.0 $752,800.0
3 Dover 2,385 $175,461.0 $884,800.0
4 Cordaville 2,766 $160,119.0 $531,200.0
5 Nahant 3,488 $81,384.0 $548,900.0
6 Duxbury 1,426 $150,625.0 $940,100.0
7 The Pinehills 1,357 $98,869.0 $589,800.0
8 Hopkinton 2,936 $113,354.0 $432,600.0
9 Westborough 4,013 $83,819.0 $369,100.0
10 Mattapoisett Center 3,561 $85,786.0 $460,300.0
11 West Falmouth 1,867 $124,021.0 $616,800.0
12 North Falmouth 2,810 $82,705.0 $527,600.0
13 North Scituate 4,890 $104,159.0 $553,200.0
14 Woods Hole 1,029 $92,656.0 $763,000.0
15 Teaticket 1,484 $57,386.0 $342,100.0
16 North Pembroke 2,926 $92,917.0 $382,800.0
17 Littleton Common 3,212 $101,346.0 $352,400.0
18 Marshfield Hills 2,465 $121,005.0 $604,300.0
19 Essex 1,319 $122,337.0 $485,100.0
20 Monument Beach 3,097 $71,645.0 $343,900.0
21 Vineyard Haven 1,821 $54,397.0 $523,200.0
22 Hopedale 3,708 $77,460.0 $290,500.0
23 Harwich Port 1,634 $58,500.0 $434,200.0
24 Hatfield 1,354 $68,971.0 $297,900.0
25 Yarmouth Port 4,950 $69,254.0 $361,700.0
26 Bourne 1,270 $58,192.0 $384,500.0
27 Wilbraham 3,610 $113,057.0 $322,900.0
28 Williamstown 4,229 $70,750.0 $328,500.0
29 Forestdale 4,450 $92,250.0 $327,100.0
30 Fiskdale 2,742 $57,273.0 $316,500.0
31 Brewster 1,885 $57,353.0 $473,900.0
32 Harwich Center 1,351 $83,929.0 $363,200.0
33 South Deerfield 1,580 $70,648.0 $288,300.0
34 Falmouth 3,619 $42,935.0 $485,300.0
35 Sturbridge 2,439 $102,171.0 $274,800.0
36 Hanson 1,674 $104,545.0 $331,700.0
37 East Douglas 2,675 $82,995.0 $263,600.0
38 Pocasset 2,901 $55,536.0 $329,900.0
39 North Westport 4,902 $67,325.0 $289,100.0
40 East Sandwich 3,642 $88,393.0 $511,400.0
41 Lenox 1,905 $51,218.0 $339,100.0
42 Sandwich 2,972 $80,417.0 $355,700.0
43 Marion Center 1,195 $70,208.0 $592,400.0
44 West Chatham 1,347 $82,625.0 $572,700.0
45 Townsend 1,459 $73,831.0 $215,200.0
46 Northwest Harwich 4,057 $74,543.0 $384,200.0
47 Great Barrington 2,438 $47,917.0 $315,400.0
48 Rutland 2,184 $76,054.0 $218,400.0
49 Norton Center 2,892 $113,150.0 $327,300.0
50 Dennis 2,368 $71,685.0 $503,700.0
51 Buzzards Bay 3,451 $72,383.0 $268,200.0
52 Lunenburg 1,955 $104,408.0 $239,800.0
53 Sagamore 3,602 $83,542.0 $372,400.0
54 Provincetown 2,581 $45,806.0 $525,400.0
55 South Ashburnham 1,117 $86,083.0 $170,700.0
56 South Lancaster 1,838 $80,742.0 $275,000.0
57 Raynham Center 4,538 $91,786.0 $338,800.0
58 Barre 1,156 $47,602.0 $202,300.0
59 Chatham 1,373 $58,015.0 $690,300.0
60 Marshfield 4,744 $76,250.0 $388,600.0
61 Upton 2,792 $86,295.0 $329,200.0
62 Ipswich 4,077 $55,571.0 $384,900.0
63 West Brookfield 1,178 $49,898.0 $210,300.0
64 Boxford 2,501 $126,190.0 $539,300.0
65 North Eastham 1,447 $44,800.0 $451,500.0
66 East Dennis 2,494 $62,226.0 $458,100.0
67 Rowley 1,702 $80,809.0 $417,400.0
68 Orleans 1,867 $36,111.0 $432,500.0
69 Wareham Center 3,626 $38,661.0 $243,000.0
70 North Brookfield 2,226 $68,654.0 $250,700.0
71 Ayer 2,679 $63,063.0 $268,100.0
72 Dennis Port 3,187 $46,721.0 $329,300.0
73 Belchertown 2,955 $77,948.0 $242,400.0
74 Baldwinville 2,008 $57,805.0 $189,600.0
75 Acushnet Center 2,904 $53,875.0 $232,300.0
76 West Dennis 2,308 $63,500.0 $413,700.0
77 Granby 1,468 $88,000.0 $211,700.0
78 North Seekonk 2,811 $74,688.0 $256,800.0
79 Smith Mills 4,608 $64,813.0 $272,700.0
80 North Lakeville 2,701 $65,395.0 $328,100.0
81 Lee 1,739 $37,165.0 $222,300.0
82 Northfield 1,201 $66,528.0 $261,400.0
83 East Brookfield 1,167 $64,338.0 $224,700.0
84 Bliss Corner 4,852 $49,605.0 $259,900.0
85 Ocean Grove 2,726 $63,563.0 $219,100.0
86 North Plymouth 3,779 $53,871.0 $304,200.0
87 East Pepperell 1,636 $72,250.0 $262,200.0
88 Groton 1,188 $67,500.0 $333,800.0
89 Millers Falls 1,234 $66,583.0 $186,100.0
90 White Island Shores 2,166 $85,144.0 $235,000.0
91 South Dennis 3,635 $49,868.0 $276,700.0
92 Turners Falls 4,124 $36,642.0 $190,600.0
93 Weweantic 1,752 $57,109.0 $249,200.0
94 Holland 1,329 $68,472.0 $185,400.0
95 Pepperell 2,538 $67,135.0 $277,500.0
96 Shirley 1,470 $58,415.0 $252,900.0
97 Shelburne Falls 1,738 $40,179.0 $207,700.0
98 West Wareham 2,832 $61,343.0 $158,300.0
99 Monson Center 1,921 $61,875.0 $213,800.0
100 Devens 1,776 $63,500.0 $282,500.0

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