Population: 59,180Median home value: $758,400 80 Ranks better than 94% of areas

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A+ Brookline Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Brookline Cost of Living Cost of living is 47% higher than Massachusetts
19292% more expensive than the US average
13131% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Brookline cost of living
A+ Brookline Crime Total crime is 33% lower than Massachusetts
Total crime
1,19956% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 8456% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-26%Year over year crime is down
Brookline crime
A Brookline Employment Household income is 44% higher than Massachusetts
Median household income
$102,17585% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$61,543106% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%30% lower than the US average
Brookline employment
C- Brookline Housing Home value is 122% higher than Massachusetts
Median home value
$758,400311% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$2,005111% higher than the US average
Home ownership
49%23% lower than the US average
Brookline real estate or Brookline rentals
A+ Brookline Schools HS graduation rate is 10% higher than Massachusetts
High school grad. rates
96%16% higher than the US average
School test scores
81%65% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
11:130% lower than the US average
Brookline K-12 schools or Brookline colleges

Living in Brookline, MA

Brookline, Massachusetts is a moderately-sized city with a population of 59,180 inhabitants. Brookline has a population density of 8,754 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. The majority of Brookline residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. Brookline is known to be family friendly as more than 83% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 54% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Without the right tools, moving to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Brookline, Massachusetts could be a good experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. Finding the best places to live in Brookline and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, cost of living, weather, housing and other important metrics.

The livability score in Brookline is 80 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 94th percentile of all cities across America. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in Brookline could be a great choice! The cherry on top is that Brookline also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities. If we explore each of the categories on their own, we see that Brookline ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A+), education (A+) and employment (A). Brookline does not rank well for the following: cost of living (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Brookline, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: John F. Kennedy National Historic Site, Larz Anderson Park, and Larz Anderson Auto Museum - Museum of Transportation.

Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Brookline has a violent crime rate of 76 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

Knowing that the Brookline schools rank highly for test scores plays an important factor in deciding if this area is the right place to live. The average school test scores are 81%, which is far higher than the national average.

Assuming that Brookline meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Brookline. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Brookline are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Brookline come in at $758,400, which is 122.4% higher than the Massachusetts average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Brookline, the home price to income ratio is 7.4, which is 54.2% higher than the Massachusetts average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Brookline were 8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 9.3%.

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Compare Brookline, MA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Brookline, MA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mit, Cambridge763.54,970
West Cambridge, Cambridge763.68,854
North Cambridge, Cambridge75513,280
Cambridgeport, Cambridge743.112,501
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
West Roxbury, Boston733.332,855
Neighborhood 9, Cambridge724.111,671
Riverside, Cambridge723.311,860
Aggasiz-Harvard, Cambridge714.35,061

Best Cities Near Brookline, MA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Melrose, MA801027,787
Belmont, MA805.325,555
Brookline, MA80059,180
Newton, MA803.488,317
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Arlington, MA806.644,408
Winchester, MA798.922,491
Westborough, MA7924.64,057
Wellesley, MA787.328,909

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Brookline, MA

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 very close to Boston. On the other hand, Brookline is not economically diverse due to the high costs of living there.
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Brookline is a racially 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 very close to Boston. On the other hand, Brookline is not economically diverse due to the high costs of living there.
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Brookline, MA - Awesome

Brookline is awesome. I have lived in Brookline for many years now and the best part of living here is being able to jump on the commuter rail to go to Boston whenever I want. The commuter rail runs daily and takes around 15-20 minutes to reach Boston.

The nightlife in Brookline is amazing. Bars and clubs stay open until very late, seven days a week. No matter what day it is I can always find a good club or bar to go to. There is also a huge mall located right in the city. The mall has many high-end shops to shop at as well as discount stores. Many outlets are also nearby.

Many great restaurants are located throughout the central village section of Brookline. I love this section of the city because there are many sushi restaurants in this section.

Brookline is pretty safe and I have never had an encounter with any sort of violent crime since I have been living here. The city is great and filled with diversity. I would not choose to live anywhere else in the world. The only thing that I really don't like is that the city is extremely busy and driving around the city is difficult. This is why I choose to walk everywhere.
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Source: The Brookline, MA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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