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Best Places To Live In Massachusetts 2018

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  • 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
  • Living in Winchester creates a volley of issues for those who don't love New England winter, the Patriots, and real northern culture. I know the winters can be harsh, but that is only part of the year.
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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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  • Wellesley, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,909
  • Located just outside of Boston, Wellesley is a beautiful and charming town that’s both safe and walkable. There’s a brilliant library, great schools, and a relatively essy transport connections to
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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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  • Melrose, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,787
  • Melrose has a lot of historic sites that make visiting the city (or living there) especially interesting. There are also several dining options that you'll want to take advantage of, especially if you'll
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  • Northborough, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,314
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  • Belmont, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,555
  • I have really enjoyed living here. I think the cost of living is kind of high, but you definitely get what you pay for here and it is worth the money. There are so many things to do and everything is
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  • Needham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,167
  • Needham is a nice little town, with excellent schools and a robust LGBT support commmunity. The biggest problems that I’ve found, in living here, are that it might be difficult for middle-class families
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  • Reading, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,490
  • Living in Reading, Massachusetts is wonderful as it has all the small town charm while not being too far away from the big city of Boston! People in this community are quite friendly and neighborly, the
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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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  • Lexington, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,936
  • Wow, I really love living in Lexington, MA. because city is full of culture and history. Its known world over as the birth place of the United States of America, where the battle of the American
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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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  • Newburyport, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,837
  • Newburyport is very quiet and laid back. We have a historic market area that provides more of a variety especially in the summer where we have several festivals. It is nice to be within walking distance
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  • Hingham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,777
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  • Dedham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,272
  • I absolutely love living in Dedham. Most of the homes have big backyards compared to a lot of other towns nearby. We have a lot of family-friendly activities, good schools, and excellent shopping
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  • Norwood, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,018
  • Norwood is a fantastic small city to move to. It's very busy for its size and you'll be sure to find something in the city that interests you. There are a lot of job opportunities available, especially
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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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  • Kingston, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,276
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  • Swampscott, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,250
  • I enjoy living in Swampscott because even though it is only 15 miles or so from Boston, it really has the feel of being a small beach town. History seems present everywhere. For example, I commute to
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  • Cochituate, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,940
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  • Maynard, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,526
  • I don't know how to put into words what it feels like to be living in a wonderful place like Maynard, MA. To say it's one of the best areas in the whole state just doesn't do it justice. You really have
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  • Stoneham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,831
  • Stoneham, Massachusetts Is a quaint little suburb just outside of the bustling city of Boston. With a population of just under 22,000, Stoneham Is much quieter than inner-city Boston. Of course, there
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  • Hudson, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,379
  • I've been living in Hudson Maryland for 3 years and have enjoyed the small-town atmosphere and nice neighbors that have provided my family and me with a great place to live and build strong friendships
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  • Milton, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,351
  • When you put axis the relitvely high cost of living, Milton is a really nice little town outside of Boston. Though, there’s not really much here for single adults. The younger you are, I feel the more
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  • Danvers, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,558
  • Danvers is beyond quiet, and a great place to raise a family. Growing up here I made so many friends throughout high school, memories that will last a lifetime. I was surprised we managed to do that, as
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  • Wakefield, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,399
  • I absolutely adore living in Wakefield! I’ve lived here almost all of my life (short stint in Maine) and love living in a town where people actually care about you. The public school is great, my
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  • Marblehead, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,363
  • Living in Marblehead is a thrill honestly. I love the state and living right here in the Massachusetts Bay is spectacular in more ways than one. I can't count how many crabs and lobster we caught on our
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  • Walpole, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,209
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  • Scituate, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,471
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  • Woburn, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 39,220
  • The best thing about Woburn, MA is that it is 9 miles from Boston so everything is easily accessible. I love going to the Middlesex Fells Reservation to hike, sightsee and enjoy what nature has to offer.
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  • Lynnfield, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,489
  • I've been living in Lynnfield Massachusetts for 5 years and have enjoyed the small-town atmosphere in this community on the outskirts of Boston that has provided me and my family with a very unique
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  • Watertown Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,849
  • I absolutely love Watertown Massachusetts, it is so close to Boston and other popular places, where there is so much going on, and so much history. Living in Watertown Massachusetts has been the most
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  • Plymouth, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,399
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  • Beverly, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,967
  • If you love Boston but hate living in the city, Beverly is definitely the best option. I’ve been living in Beverly for the past 10 years and, after living in the city my entire childhood and adolescence,
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  • Gloucester, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,546
  • I am a life-long resident of lovely Gloucester, Massachusetts, and I truly feel that this is one of the best places anyone could call home! I travel extensively and have visited some of the most
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  • Wilmington, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,310
  • I like living in Wilmington, it's a very pleasant city. The homes here are expensive, even by Massachusetts' standards, but in my opinion, the cost of living is worth it. Boston is pretty close which
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  • Braintree Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 37,066
  • I've lived in Braintree Town a while and in New England my whole life and love it. Braintree Town is a great city a little south of Boston with its own unique vibe. Getting around Braintree is pretty
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  • Rockport, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,101
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  • Sharon, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,841
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  • Clinton, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,232
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  • Abington, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,196
  • Abington is a close-knit community of nice friendly people. We are not that far from Boston which makes it easy for my commute to work. We value education as we just built another middle and high school
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  • Medfield, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,575
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  • Burlington, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,698
  • Burlington has been my home for years now and I love living here. It's close enough to Boston that you can head down to the city whenever you feel like it. Plus, that opens up a huge amount of
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  • Westfield, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,486
  • I have lived in Westfield, MA and the surrounding areas for a period of time several years ago and have nothing negative to say about Westfield. The city lies less than five miles West of Springfield,
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  • Mansfield Center, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,763
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  • Bliss Corner, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,266
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  • Amesbury Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,082
  • Amesbury MA, is such a cute suburban town. My family has lived in the area for the past twenty years. The area has many cul-de-sacs and beautiful yards. It reminds me of how New England would be
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  • Easthampton Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,042
  • Easthampton Town is a very welcoming town with friendly neighbors and a lot to offer. I love to hike and ride my bike at the hiking trails in Mt. Tom Reservations. I also like to take the kids to the
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  • Milford, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,701
  • Milford has a variety of activities that the whole family will enjoy. Whether you want to engage in nature-centered attractions or you're looking for a great place to eat, these locations will make your

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.