Melrose 84 Exceptional
Melrose Livability #17 ranked city in Massachusetts#1,505 ranked city in the USARanks better than 94% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Melrose Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Melrose Cost of Living Cost of living is 11% higher than Massachusetts
14545% more expensive than the US average
13131% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Melrose cost of living
A+ Melrose Crime Total crime is 65% lower than Massachusetts
Total crime
56478% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 17878% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-32%Year over year crime is down
Melrose crime
B+ Melrose Employment Household income is 24% higher than Massachusetts
Median household income
$87,71259% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$46,30755% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%35% lower than the US average
Melrose employment
C Melrose Housing Home value is 28% higher than Massachusetts
Median home value
$437,100137% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,17624% higher than the US average
Home ownership
67%5% higher than the US average
Melrose real estate or Melrose rentals
A+ Melrose Schools HS graduation rate is 7% higher than Massachusetts
High school grad. rates
93%12% higher than the US average
School test scores
83%69% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:16% higher than the US average
Melrose K-12 schools
B Melrose User Ratings There are a total of 10 ratings in Melrose
Overall user rating
72% 10 total ratings
User reviews rating
75% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
70% 8 total surveys
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      Living in Melrose, MA

      Melrose is a medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. The city has a population of 27,787 people. With a population density of 5,933 people per square mile, Melrose is well above the nation's average density level. At 90%, the majority of the Melrose population is White; this is followed by 4% Asian and 3% Black. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 82% of the population considered married and 53% with kids under the age of 18, Melrose could be considered a very suitable city for families.

      Whether you’re moving to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Melrose could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Massachusetts if you know where to search. To help you find the best places to live in and around Melrose, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, education, employment and more.

      Melrose has a livability score of 80 out of 100 and is ranked #1 in Massachusetts and #1,535 in the USA. This is a great score, as Melrose ranks well in multiple categories! Melrose has also earned the rare honor of ranking in the top 10 percentile among all cities. Based on the grades for each individual category, Melrose has received high marks for amenities (A+), crime (A+), education (A+) and employment (B+). On a less positive note, Melrose does not have favorable grades for the following: cost of living (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Melrose on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

      Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Melrose gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 82 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

      The average school test scores in Melrose are 83%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

      Assuming that Melrose meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Melrose. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Melrose are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Melrose come in at $437,100, which is 28.2% higher than the Massachusetts average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Melrose, the home price to income ratio is 5, which is 4.2% higher than the Massachusetts average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Melrose area were 7.8% and 5 year appreciation rates were 8.6%.

      Melrose transportation information

      Average one way commute32min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work69.0%71.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool3.0%7.5%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit20.0%9.9%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.7%0.8%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.4%4.9%2.8%
      Working from home4.4%4.7%4.6%
      Airports (within 30 miles of city center)0 (1)6354
      Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)0 (6)8711

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      Source: The Melrose, MA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).