Wellesley 84 Exceptional
Wellesley Livability #18 ranked city in Massachusetts#1,528 ranked city in the USARanks better than 94% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Wellesley Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Wellesley Cost of Living Cost of living is 64% higher than Massachusetts
214114% more expensive than the US average
13131% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Wellesley cost of living
A+ Wellesley Crime Total crime is 71% lower than Massachusetts
Total crime
45882% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 21982% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-23%Year over year crime is down
Wellesley crime
A+ Wellesley Employment Household income is 142% higher than Massachusetts
Median household income
$171,719210% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$79,631167% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%31% lower than the US average
Wellesley employment
F Wellesley Housing Home value is 188% higher than Massachusetts
Median home value
$980,400431% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,85295% higher than the US average
Home ownership
83%30% higher than the US average
Wellesley real estate or Wellesley rentals
A+ Wellesley Schools HS graduation rate is 12% higher than Massachusetts
High school grad. rates
98%18% higher than the US average
School test scores
84%71% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:118% lower than the US average
Wellesley K-12 schools
A+ Wellesley User Ratings There are a total of 2 ratings in Wellesley
Overall user rating
85% 2 total ratings
User reviews rating
80% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
95% 1 total surveys
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Living in Wellesley, MA

Located in the state of Massachusetts, Wellesley is a moderately-sized city with a population of 28,909 inhabitants. If we look at the most recent Census, Wellesley is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 91% of the population considered married and 46% with kids under the age of 18, Wellesley could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Wellesley, Massachusetts could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. Finding the best places to live in Wellesley 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, education, housing and other important metrics.

With a livability score of 78 out of 100, Wellesley is ranked #2,790 in the United States and #9 in Massachusetts. This is a terrific score, as Wellesley ranks well in multiple categories! Wellesley is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. If we examine each of the categories on their own, we see that Wellesley ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A+), education (A+) and employment (A+). Wellesley does not fare well for the following: cost of living (F), weather (D) and housing (F). 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 Wellesley, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

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. Wellesley has a violent crime rate of 41 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than 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 Wellesley have a test score average of 84%, 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 Wellesley. 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 Wellesley are affordable. The median home price for Wellesley homes is $980,400, which is 187.5% higher than the Massachusetts average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Wellesley, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 5.7, which is 18.8% higher than the Massachusetts average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Wellesley area were 2.7% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5.3%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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