Marlborough 76 Excellent
Marlborough Livability #67 ranked city in Massachusetts#3,245 ranked city in the USARanks better than 88% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Marlborough

  • Employment

    This area scores extremely well in the employment category. This is primarily due to the combination of low unemployment rates, higher median home income and income per capita.

  • Housing

    The housing category in this area boasts higher than average scores, likely influenced by a positive home affordability ratio, robust appreciation rates or elevated home values.

  • Health & Safety

    Earning a high health and safety score depends on factors such as good air quality and the availability of essential health facilities like hospitals, clinics, doctors, and fire stations.

  • Ratings

    Local residents have positive feedback regarding the convenience of amenities, parks, public transit, the friendliness of neighbors, the strong sense of community, and the overall safety of the area.

  • Amenities

    It appears that many amenities may not be conveniently situated within walking distance, potentially necessitating the use of a vehicle or public transit.

  • Cost Of Living

    Residents of this area contend with a high cost of living, resulting in increased expenditures for everyday goods and services, housing, utilities and health care.

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What's it like Living in Marlborough?

Located in the state of Massachusetts, Marlborough is a mid-sized city with a population of 39,663 residents. The majority of Marlborough residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. When traveling to work, spending unnecessary time in your vehicle is not ideal and downright frustrating. Across all of America, the average one way commute time is 26 minutes, unfortunately, living in Marlborough offers up a higher than average one way commute time of 30 minutes.

Living in Marlborough can be a fulfilling experience for anyone moving to the city. Having said that, in the state of Massachusetts, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! When searching for a new neighborhood, several factors play a vital role in determining its suitability. Safety should be a top priority, ensuring a secure environment with low crime rates. Proximity to your workplace or school helps minimize commuting time and allows for a better work-life balance. Availability of essential amenities such as parks, coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores, and healthcare facilities contributes to convenience and well-being. Access to reliable public transportation options facilitates easy commuting and connectivity. Additionally, considering the sense of community and the overall atmosphere that resonates with your lifestyle and preferences fosters a harmonious living experience. The best areas in Marlborough and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, cost of living, commute, health & safety, education, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Massachusetts and national averages.

The livability score in Marlborough is 75/100 and the city is ranked in the 89th percentile of all cities across America. Compared to the United States average, Marlborough ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! If we consider each of the categories individually, we see that Marlborough ranks well for crime (B-), education (B), employment (A) and housing (A-). There is at least one category that did not score well in Marlborough. The following was graded with a discouraging score: amenities (F) and cost of living (F).

For home buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they will ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Marlborough apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city. A thriving real estate market can also generate strong local economic activity and job creation.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife, parks and proximity to public transportation are all important things to look for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Marlborough is real estate affordability. The median home price for Marlborough homes is $365,200, which is 7.1% higher than the Massachusetts average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Marlborough, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.4, which is 8.3% lower than the Massachusetts average.

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      Marlborough transportation information

      Statistic Marlborough Massachusetts National
      Average one way commute30min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work75.8%71.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.8%7.5%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.1%9.9%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.1%0.8%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.5%4.9%2.8%
      Working from home9.4%4.7%4.6%
      Source: The Marlborough, MA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).