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Best places to raise a family in Massachusetts

  • Best places to raise a family in Massachusetts

    For the majority of people, there comes a moment in time when the prerequisites for a place to call home drastically change. This usually happens while planning to have children or shortly after the little ones arrive. Priorities dramatically shift, often prompting a move to a new home or even a new city. Cutting-edge restaurants and hipster cocktail bars suddenly take a backseat to excellent schools and plenty of playgrounds.

    So where exactly are the best places to raise a family in Massachusetts? Stacker has collected data from Niche’s 2018 best places to raise a family rankings to determine where children are most likely to thrive. The rankings measure the appeal of an area based on public schools, crime rates, cost of living, affordability, and access to family-friendly amenities.

    To create this list, Niche used data from several databases, including the U.S. Census, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Centers for Disease Control, as well as Niche’s own proprietary data and community reviews. The data includes the area’s population, median home value, median rent, median household income, and the percentage of households with children. It also takes into consideration the national average for median home value—$184,700, median rent—$949, and median household income—$55,322.

    Read on to find out where to consider moving if you are raising a family in Massachusetts.

    ALSO: Where people are moving to from Massachusetts

  • #25. Longmeadow—town in Massachusetts

    Population: 15,837
    Median home value: $328,000
    Median rent: $1,220
    Median household income: $107,976
    Percentage of households with children: 18%

  • #24. Shrewsbury—town in Massachusetts

    Population: 36,494
    Median home value: $385,100
    Median rent: $1,225
    Median household income: $98,790
    Percentage of households with children: 19%

  • #23. Weston—suburb of Boston, MA

    Population: 11,946
    Median home value: $1,173,800
    Median rent: $1,478
    Median household income: $191,744
    Percentage of households with children: 24%

  • #22. Medfield—suburb of Boston, MA

    Population: 12,510
    Median home value: $617,000
    Median rent: $1,174
    Median household income: $147,630
    Percentage of households with children: 24%

  • #21. Westborough—town in Massachusetts

    Population: 18,706
    Median home value: $432,000
    Median rent: $1,362
    Median household income: $106,915
    Percentage of households with children: 21%

  • #20. Winchester—suburb of Boston, MA

    Population: 22,491
    Median home value: $796,500
    Median rent: $1,571
    Median household income: $149,321
    Percentage of households with children: 25%

  • #19. Dover—suburb of Boston, MA

    Population: 5,864
    Median home value: $987,300
    Median rent: $2,371
    Median household income: $189,265
    Percentage of households with children: 23%

  • #18. Brookline—suburb of Boston, MA

    Population: 59,180
    Median home value: $758,400
    Median rent: $2,005
    Median household income: $102,175
    Percentage of households with children: 15%

  • #17. Acton—suburb of Boston, MA

    Population: 23,209
    Median home value: $534,100
    Median rent: $1,314
    Median household income: $131,099
    Percentage of households with children: 20%

  • #16. Hopkinton—suburb of Boston, MA

    Population: 16,257
    Median home value: $536,100
    Median rent: $1,567
    Median household income: $143,190
    Percentage of households with children: 23%

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