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Best Places To Live In Massachusetts 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score89
  • 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…[read more]
88
  • Winchester, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,491
  • Winchester is a beautiful town outside of Boston. It is very expensive but that's because it's such a wonderful place. It's very safe with good schools, nice scenery and a nice downtown. I wish I lived…[read more]
87
  • 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…[read more]
87
  • 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…[read more]
87
  • 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…[read more]
87
  • 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…[read more]
87
  • 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…[read more]
86
  • 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…[read more]
86
  • 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…[read more]
85
  • Kingston, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,276
85
  • Mansfield Center, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,763
84
  • 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…[read more]
84
  • Scituate, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,471
84
  • 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…[read more]
84
  • Melrose, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,787
  • Melrose is a nice small city just outside of Boston. There are a lot of victorians and other nice houses in the area. Melrose has a wonderful downtown with shops, restaurants and a Victorian fair every…[read more]
84
  • 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…[read more]
84
  • 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…[read more]
84
  • 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…[read more]
84
  • 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…[read more]
84
  • 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…[read more]
83
  • Woburn, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 39,220
  • This place is amazing....as long as your making a ton of money. Ive lived here since i was 3, moved down to NC for about 8yrs and when i came back in 2010 it was impossible to find anyplace to live bc of…[read more]
83
  • 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…[read more]
83
  • Northborough, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,314
83
  • Clinton, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,232
83
  • 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…[read more]
82
  • 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,…[read more]
82
  • 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…[read more]
82
  • 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…[read more]
82
  • Walpole, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,209
82
  • 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…[read more]
82
  • 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…[read more]
81
  • Sharon, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,841
81
  • 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…[read more]
81
  • Middleborough Center, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,415
80
  • 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…[read more]
80
  • 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…[read more]
80
  • 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…[read more]
80
  • Hingham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,777
80
  • 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…[read more]
80
  • Marlborough, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 39,545
  • I've been living in Marlborough for a while and I love it. No matter what part of the city you live in, you're close to something exciting. If you're trying to get around the city though, it's probably…[read more]
80
  • 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…[read more]
80
  • Medford, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 57,180
  • This city has everything! It has multiple parks, low crime, and good transit access! Bus stations can be found on all major streets. Also, there is a rail station in the Western part of town, where it…[read more]
80
  • Gloucester, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,546
  • Gloucester is a great place to visit with many things to do. The downtown is nice and there are a lot of beaches. There are some nice livable neighborhoods too but also some that I wouldn't want to live…[read more]
79
  • Bridgewater, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,544
79
  • 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…[read more]
79
  • 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,…[read more]
79
  • 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…[read more]
78
  • 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…[read more]
78
  • Spencer, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,790
78
  • Somerville, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 79,507
  • I loved my time in Somerville. I felt safe for the most part and I liked how close I was to transportation and grocery stores. Despite not having a car I found it relatively easy to get around. Great…[read more]

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.