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Best Places To Live In Massachusetts 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score82
  • Franklin Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,873
  • Franklin is a great place for families. It is a place that you can go out for a walk around the neighborhood or Franklin State Park. The neighbors or generally friendly. Franklin just invested in new
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  • Winchester, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,491
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  • Wellesley, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,909
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  • Needham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,167
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  • Newton, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 88,317
  • Newton is a great place to live, work and visit. Each of the 13 villages has its own little main street/business districts, community events and activities. The city values green space and its natural
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  • Norwood, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,018
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  • Andover, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,194
  • Andover is a town filled with rich high educated families. It is well known for being filled with rich snooty rude people. They say you would be lucky to find someone who isn't. The children are rude and
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  • Dedham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,272
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  • Belmont, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,555
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  • Lexington, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,936
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  • Newburyport, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,837
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  • Hingham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,777
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  • Arlington, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 44,408
  • I have lived in Arlington, Massachusetts almost all my life. I moved there with my parents when I was just 6 years old, since then I have fallen in love with the city and it's calm and cool seasons and
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  • Melrose, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,787
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  • Northborough, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,314
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  • Watertown Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,849
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  • Reading, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,490
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  • Maynard, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,526
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  • Brookline, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 59,180
  • Brookline is a diverse, densely populated, safe and progressive society. There are many different types of restaurants and shops. It is walkable and has access to public transportation. The town is also
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  • Wakefield, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,399
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  • Woburn, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 39,220
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  • Longmeadow, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,837
  • Well, this town is an upscale, beautiful, with charming streets, and a wonderful sense of safety! However, I must say that what you see on the outside is not always is. Some people here seem to think
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  • Plymouth, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,399
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  • Stoneham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,831
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  • Kingston, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,276
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  • Mansfield Center, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,763
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  • Easthampton Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,042
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  • Cambridge, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 108,757
  • I signed up for a 1 year membership right after my first class because I was hooked! It's a killer workout, SUCH a great stress reliever and so much fun! My abs are sore before the end of the class and I
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  • Danvers, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,558
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  • Clinton, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,232
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  • Milford, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,701
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  • Framingham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 70,743
  • I see that Framingham was given an F for education. If you are willing to work, you will get a great education in Framingham. See
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  • Cochituate, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,940
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  • Marlborough, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 39,545
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  • Medfield, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,575
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  • Braintree Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 37,066
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  • Malden, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 60,732
  • I don't know about you, but I like to live somewhere beautiful. Some people can get away with living in the middle of a big city, with steel and concrete always in your face and horns blaring constantly.
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  • Marblehead, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,363
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  • Burlington, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,698
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  • Nantucket, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,830
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  • Peabody, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 52,235
  • As someone who has lived in the small state of Massachusetts for my entire life I have had the chance to visit nearly all of the state's cities and towns. Among the ones I have frequently visited is the
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  • Medford, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 57,180
  • Medford, Massachusetts is a city located near Boston. I have lived in Medford for five years, and I cannot imagine living anywhere else. The atmosphere is relaxing, and the scenery is beautiful. I enjoy
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  • Saugus, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,773
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  • Somerville, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 79,507
  • This is more than just Summerville. It's about harbouring illegal immigrants. Some of which have proven to be very dangerous to Americans. Illegalls with a record or one who has committed a crime needs
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  • Bliss Corner, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,266
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  • North Scituate, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,187
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  • Waltham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 62,699
  • I came to Waltham when I bought my first house as a single adult female about 10 years ago. Back then the housing market was more affordable and I got a lot of house for my buck. The most notable
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  • Scituate, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,471
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  • Milton, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,351
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  • Foxborough, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,491

Massachusetts: A Great State to Call Home

There’s a reason why 6.8 million people love calling Massachusetts home. For some, it may be the lure of a coastal beachfront; for others, Massachusetts may mean big opportunities in the state’s medical industry, one of the leading in the nation. Whatever the reason, one thing is clear - Massachusetts simply has the size, beauty, and academic and job opportunities other states seem to lack. If you’re thinking about living in the Bay State, one of these top places might be the perfect spot.

Massachusetts is located on the eastern (Atlantic Ocean) coast of the U.S. It’s bordered by Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York; and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The state capital is Boston, and over 80% of Bay Staters live in the Greater Boston area. Massachusetts is also ranked third nationwide for population density. Two of the state’s other largest cities are Cambridge and Lowell.

Massachusetts’s diverse geography ranges from the hilly, rural region of central Massachusetts and the Connecticut River Valley to the east, to the Berkshires along the state’s western border. Large bays, like the Massachusetts Bay, dominate the Massachusetts coastline. Winters here are infamously cold, with temperatures occasionally dropping below zero. Summers offer a welcome respite from the chill; summer highs can top out at 80 degrees.

Unlike other scenic states, Massachusetts oozes culture, style, and sophistication. Several of the nation’s leading universities are located here, including Harvard University (the oldest college in the U.S.), Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the nation’s oldest high school, Boston Latin School. Boston is an important center for the performing arts, and many big museums are located here and throughout the state. There’s also a long list of rural towns and beautiful beaches well worth a visit. The arts are a big part of the draw here, but taxes and a high cost of living mean nothing comes cheap here, so be prepared to open the purse strings.

Even if you base yourself in one of the vibrant cities like Boston or its close neighbor, Cambridge, it’s still easy to reach the state’s many natural and historic sites, the coast, or quaint country towns in an hour. It’s this mix of urban sophistication and rural charm that really turns on the appeal for Massachusetts. Some of its trendiest places are also the smallest, where local artisans make charming crafts and brewers make craft beers.

With an abundance of such great cities and neighborhoods, finding the best place to live in Massachusetts isn't easy. We'll give you a head start as these cities are our picks for the best places to live in Massachusetts. To further customize your list of the best places in Massachusetts, you can also specify by search radius, population size, home/rent budget and what metrics (like amenities, employment, or cost of living) are most important to you.