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Places With The Best Housing In Massachusetts 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score71
  • Athol, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,428
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]
74
  • Gardner, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,334
  • Gardner is one of those small towns that offer a lot of nothing. However, I've lived here for two years and wouldn't leave at all. There are very few large businesses, so it's hard to find a job.…[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]
79
  • 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…[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]
83
  • Clinton, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,232
67
  • Fitchburg, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,441
  • I have found living in Fitchburg to be quite pleasant. Typical of New England, our town embodies a familiar Massachusetts tenacity that compelled our residents to save a beloved boulder by blowing it up,…[read more]
72
  • Webster, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,122
  • Webster, Massachusetts is home to Lake Chaubunagungamaug or more commonly known as Webster Lake. Its name has been cited as the longest name of a place in the United States and is 1,442 acres in size.…[read more]
88
  • 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]
71
  • Attleboro, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 44,121
  • I lived in Attleboro from age 1-18, went to college in R.I., and was unfortunate enough to return to Attleboro from ages 22-25. I’m 33 now. I moved to North Attleboro as soon as I could afford to. I’ve…[read more]
65
  • Southbridge Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,824
  • This is a nice city to live in because it offers an exceptional quality of living with affordable homes. I am impressed by the trendy coffee shops and fine dining restaurants. This city offers a…[read more]
75
  • Quincy, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 93,349
  • If you ever end up in Quincy, MA make sure you check out the Adams National Historic Park, it is a must see. I mean it is not the same fun you would have at an amusement park but it is very interesting…[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
  • 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]
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]
89
  • 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]
85
  • Mansfield Center, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,763
85
  • Kingston, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,276
76
  • Leominster, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,304
  • The city of Leominster in Massachusetts is definitely an appealing place to a lot of people. After having lived there personally in the early 90's I can definitely attest to the local charm of the area.…[read more]
81
  • 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]
72
  • Whitinsville, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,831
74
  • Taunton, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 56,504
  • I have lived in Taunton, MA for about five years and overall I like this little city a lot. I'm a writer so I like the history that Taunton is proud of, and I have to say the library system is excellent.…[read more]
83
  • 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]
57
  • Chelsea, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 38,244
  • I was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1948, lived in a neighborhood of brick row houses as I grew and left forty years later, disappointed that the city never achieved it's potential as the Urban…[read more]
71
  • Oxford, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,927
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]
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]
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]
83
  • Northborough, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,314
74
  • Bellingham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,376
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]
74
  • Salem, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 42,804
  • Salem is perfect to come and enjoy....spend 3 or 4 days and be in a safe friendly unique city that offers many different experiences all within walking distance. National Maritime Center and Visitor…[read more]
70
  • Nantucket, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,830
67
  • Haverhill, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 62,340
  • The Haverhill, MA is beautiful in the summers and cold in the winters. I lived there for about a year when my job transferred me to the area 2010. For people that are relocating, they will need to get a…[read more]
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
  • 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]
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]
81
  • Sharon, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,841
62
  • Worcester, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 183,677
  • Worcester Massachusetts is located just west of Boston. Residents perceive it as the heart of Central New England. Best described as a metropolis with small town warmth, Worcester contains all the beauty…[read more]
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]
78
  • Spencer, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,790
75
  • Foxborough, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,491
67
  • Everett, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 44,636
  • I live in Everett MA and the city itself is beautiful. There are many different sight seeing places that make it a very fun place to live. The Bunker Hill Monument is a great place to visit and has great…[read more]
65
  • Lynn, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 92,074
  • I live and own in lynn and I must say it is a pretty rough place to live, breath, think, thrive. It is very diverse which is nice and it has the potential to be a very sophisticated place base on its…[read more]
68
  • West Springfield Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,575
  • If you like small-town living, West Springfield is the best place, in my opinion. One of the benefits in living here is access to shops and businesses. There’s a nice mix of variety, and you don’t have…[read more]
81
  • Middleborough Center, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,415
69
  • Randolph, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,526
  • I've been living in Randolph for years now and love it! There's so much history here, not just in Randolph but the whole region. I love being close to so many museums. In the summer, the city really…[read more]
54
  • Fall River, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 88,902
  • I don't what what's positive to say about this place. Cheap gas at Cumby's that's about it. Been here a little over a year. Within 2 days of moving into an apartment, the local heroin dealer next door…[read more]

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.