Lowell 67 Average
Lowell Livability #184 ranked city in Massachusetts#16,303 ranked city in the USARanks better than 44% of areas
A+ Lowell Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Lowell Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% lower than Massachusetts
12121% more expensive than the US average
13030% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Lowell cost of living
B- Lowell Crime Total crime is 22% higher than Massachusetts
Total crime
1,66329% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6129% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-10%Year over year crime is down
Lowell crime
D- Lowell Employment Household income is 34% lower than Massachusetts
Median household income
$46,97215% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$22,89023% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%38% higher than the US average
Lowell employment
D Lowell Housing Home value is 31% lower than Massachusetts
Median home value
$234,10027% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,04110% higher than the US average
Home ownership
42%34% lower than the US average
Lowell real estate or Lowell rentals
F Lowell Schools HS graduation rate is 14% lower than Massachusetts
High school grad. rates
75%9% lower than the US average
School test scores
40%18% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:119% lower than the US average
Lowell K-12 schools
B- Lowell User Ratings There are a total of 9 ratings in Lowell
Overall user rating
68% 9 total ratings
User reviews rating
80% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
65% 8 total surveys
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      Living in Lowell, MA

      Lowell, Massachusetts is a moderately-sized city with a population of 109,871 residents. Lowell has a population density of 8,087 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. With an average age of 33 years old, Lowell could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average.

      Living in Lowell can be a positive experience for anyone moving to the town. Having said that, in the state of Massachusetts, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Lowell and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, cost of living, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Massachusetts and national averages.

      Using data and statistics Lowell has received a livability score of 65 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 39th percentile when compared to all other cities. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Lowell has received high marks for amenities (A+). Lowell does not do well for the following: cost of living (F), weather (D), education (D), employment (D-) and housing (D). It might be wise 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 Lowell, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Lowell: Lowell National Historical Park, Boott Cotton Mills Museum, and American Textile History Museum.

      Assuming that Lowell meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Lowell. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Lowell are simply unattainable. The median home price for Lowell homes is $234,100, which is 31.3% lower than the Massachusetts average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Lowell, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 5, which is 4.2% higher than the Massachusetts average. Real estate appreciation rates in Lowell 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 Lowell homes comes in at 8.6%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 8.5%.

      Lowell transportation information

      Average one way commute26min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work75.4%71.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.2%7.5%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit3.6%9.9%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.3%0.8%0.6%
      Workers who walk5.7%4.9%2.8%
      Working from home3.3%4.7%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Lowell, MA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).