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A+ Dedham Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Dedham Cost of Living Cost of living is 11% higher than Massachusetts
14646% more expensive than the US average
13131% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Dedham cost of living
A+ Dedham Crime Total crime is 4% lower than Massachusetts
Total crime
1,72337% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5937% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-7%Year over year crime is down
Dedham crime
B+ Dedham Employment Household income is 23% higher than Massachusetts
Median household income
$87,10857% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$44,79250% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%32% lower than the US average
Dedham employment
C- Dedham Housing Home value is 16% higher than Massachusetts
Median home value
$394,200113% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,46054% higher than the US average
Home ownership
68%7% higher than the US average
Dedham real estate or Dedham rentals
A+ Dedham Schools HS graduation rate is 5% higher than Massachusetts
High school grad. rates
92%10% higher than the US average
School test scores
74%50% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:118% lower than the US average
Dedham K-12 schools

Living in Dedham, MA

Dedham, Massachusetts is a mid-sized city with a population of 25,272 inhabitants. According to the most recent Census, 85% of Dedham residents are White, 8% Black and 3% Asian. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 77% of the population considered married and 58% with kids under the age of 18, Dedham could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Are you trying to decide if living in Dedham is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a positive experience before moving to any new city in Massachusetts, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Finding the best places to live in Dedham and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, cost of living, education and other important metrics.

Using data and statistics Dedham has received a livability score of 77 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 89th percentile when compared to all other cities. This is a terrific score, as Dedham ranks well in multiple categories! There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Dedham scores well for amenities (A+), crime (A), education (A+) and employment (B+). Dedham does not score well for the following: cost of living (F) and weather (D). It might be a smart 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 Dedham, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Kings Bowling, Cinema De Lux, and Museum of Bad Art.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 39 crimes per 100,000 residents, Dedham has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Dedham have a test score average of 74%, which is well above the US average.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Dedham. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Dedham are affordable. Median real estate prices in Dedham come in at $394,200, which is 15.6% higher than the Massachusetts average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Dedham, the home price to income ratio is 4.5, which is 6.3% lower than the Massachusetts average. Real estate appreciation rates in Dedham are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Dedham homes comes in at 8.5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 7.6%.

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Compare Dedham, MA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Dedham, MA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mit, Cambridge768.94,970
West Cambridge, Cambridge769.28,854
North Cambridge, Cambridge7510.513,280
Cambridgeport, Cambridge748.612,501
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
West Roxbury, Boston732.432,855
Neighborhood 9, Cambridge729.711,671
Riverside, Cambridge72911,860
Aggasiz-Harvard, Cambridge719.95,061

Best Cities Near Dedham, MA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Melrose, MA8015.727,787
Belmont, MA8010.325,555
Brookline, MA805.759,180
Newton, MA806.188,317
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Arlington, MA8011.944,408
Winchester, MA7914.322,491
Westborough, MA7922.44,057
Wellesley, MA786.728,909

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Dedham Nice Downtown Living

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 options. One of the best things about Dedham is that my neighborhood is quiet and most people are friendly.

Dedham is not as diverse than what I am used to, but we have a lot of shopping options. Legacy Place and Dedham Mall have some of my favorite stores such as Kohls and Macys. The commuter rail train makes it very easy to get around. We're not that far from Boston or Providence, but I rarely visit because I have everything I need in Dedham.

We have a very nice quaint downtown area. Most weekends I usually grab a coffee from Mocha Java and sit and enjoy the scenery. There are a lot of nice shops and restaurants downtown including Yard House and Pancho's Taqueria. I recommend going early because the traffic usually gets worse in the afternoon.
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