Best Cities to Live in Massachusetts

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In the discussion of the best states to settle down and raise a family, few states have as much to offer as Massachusetts: tons of history, great public education, beautiful beaches in Cape Cod, and, of course, Boston. Sure, its gets pretty cold in the winter, but the warm summers and lovely autumn foliage more than make up for it. Take a look at the five Massachusetts cities we think are the best to live in.

1. Chelmsford

Leading the pack is Chelmsford, a city in Middlesex County that is Massachusetts’ most liveable city. With a high median household income topping $70,000 and an award-winning public school system, Chelmsford is a great place for family life. Of note are the many historic houses dating back to the 18th Century.

2. Pittsfield

Pittsfield is the county seat of Berkshire County on the western edge of the state. The picturesque New England city with a thriving art scene notable enough for Pittsfield to be named the top medium-sized art community in the country by the Arts Vibrancy Index.

3. Cambridge

Famous as the home to both Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a slew of other institutes of higher learning, #3 Cambridge can lay claim to perhaps the best-educated populace in the nation. Whether you are looking for arts & culture, great restaurants, or a more peaceful alternative to Boston, Cambridge has it all.

4. Natick

Ranking fourth, Natick is the third Middlesex County city in Massachusetts’ top five. The town’s great public education system and New England charm have made it one of the fastest growing cities in the state.

5. Franklin

Franklin of Norfolk County is another great little Massachusetts city most notable for possessing the oldest public library in the country.

Best Cities to Live in Massachusetts

RankCity
1Chelmsford
2Pittsfield
3Cambridge
4Natick
5Franklin
6Watertown
7Milton
8Burlington
9Shrewsbury
10West Roxbury
11Framingham
12Norwood
13Dedham
14Jamaica Plain
15Arlington
16Melrose
17Andover
18Woburn
19Marlborough
20Waltham
21Braintree
22Lexington
23Westfield
24Wakefield
25Brighton
26North Andover
27Brookline
28Billerica
29Boston
30West Springfield
31Stoughton
32Somerville
33Beverly
34Tewksbury
35Medford
36Dracut
37Chicopee
38Belmont
39Danvers
40Roslindale
41Milford
42Quincy
43Gloucester
44Amherst
45Haverhill
46Salem
47Holyoke
48North Attleboro
49Lowell
50Methuen
51Peabody
52Leominster
53Randolph
54Malden
55Attleboro
56Fitchburg
57Plymouth
58Saugus
59Hyde Park
60Marshfield
61Bridgewater
62Revere
63Fall River
64Taunton
65Chelsea
66Springfield
67Roxbury
68Lynn
69Dorchester
70Worcester
71Mattapan
72Everett
73New Bedford
74Lawrence
75Brockton
76Dorchester Center

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Methodology

We ranked a total of 2,509 qualified cities (those with populations above 25,000 and enough data for analysis) by five factors: employment (number of establishments, median earnings); housing (owner-occupied housing with a mortgage, monthly housing costs); quality of life (work commute, poverty levels); education (percentage with a bachelor’s degree or higher); and health (obesity ratios).

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