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Places With The Best Housing In Massachusetts 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score82
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nantucket, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,830
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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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  • 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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  • Hingham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,777
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  • West Concord, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,622
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  • Cochituate, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,940
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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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  • 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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  • Medfield, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,575
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • North Scituate, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,187
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  • Scituate, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,471
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rockport, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,101
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  • Sharon, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,841
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Boston, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 658,279
  • I wouldn't go near Boston unless you make or will make at least 150K a year. Better check the cost of living. Rent here is two or three times what it is in most US cities, four times most small towns.
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  • Pinehurst, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,546
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  • Northborough, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,314
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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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  • Walpole, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,209
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ocean Bluff-Brant Rock, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,512
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  • Hull, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,437
  • I love Hull, MA, city. I cannot imagine living somewhere else. The town is accessible to walk around. The excellent public transport and the peaceful neighborhood makes me feel at home. Hull is a
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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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  • 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

Housing is one of the most important factors when deciding where to live in Massachusetts. Housing prices continue to rise, but there are still some deals to be had. When searching for a new home, you want to ensure that home prices in that area are appreciating, but you also need to ensure that the home prices will fit within you budget. AreaVibes used science and data to create a list of the best cities in Massachusetts to buy a new home with a population over 5,000 people.

The cities listed above have been chosen as the best places to buy a new home in Massachusetts as they have seen high appreciation rates combined with a solid income to home price affordability ratio. High appreciation rates are a good indicator that the home will continue to increase in value, while the affordability ratio ensure that homes in that area are affordable based on the median household income to home price ratio.

To further narrow your search results for the best places to purchase a new home in Massachusetts, you can use the filters. Start by selecting cities and/or neighborhoods, city size based on population, categories (amenities, crime, cost of living, education, employment and weather) as well as home/rent prices to ensure that the cities fall within your budget.