The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Massachusetts For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in Massachusetts have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for families in Massachusetts.

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Do we think there's a direct correlation between good schools, educated residents, jobs, competitive salaries, and people flocking to the best places for families to live in Massachusetts? Absolutely.

And here at HomeSnacks, we wanted to know just how family friendly is Massachusetts? More importantly, where, exactly, are the best places for families in The Bay State? So, we consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 64 cities with over 10,000 residents. We looked at important factors like family friendly amenities and percentage of households that currently have kids for every place from Pittsfield to Boston.

Whether you're hanging out on a beach in Nantucket, spending the weekend at the Coco Beach Water Park in Danvers, or visiting the Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts knows good, wholesome, family fun. When you choose to live in one of Massachusetts' best places for families, you are choosing to live where you can keep your family safe, happy, and healthy: you are choosing to live where your Massachusetts' salary will go the furthest for your family. More importantly, you are choosing to live where your kids have a better chance at being accepted to some of the most competitive colleges. And that, Bay Staters, makes perfect sense.

Have we piqued your interest? Want to know where these amazing, family friendly places in Massachusetts are located? Read on.

The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In Massachusetts For 2021

  1. Wellesley
  2. Milton
  3. Winchester
  4. Needham
  5. Longmeadow
  6. Lynnfield
  7. Arlington
  8. Reading
  9. Brookline
  10. Newton

The competition for Massachusetts' best place for families was fierce to say the least. Unfortunately, there can only be one number on place in The Baked Bean State for 2021; and that, folks, would be Wellesley. It's not surprising considering Wellesley scored off the highest family friendly HomeSnacks' snackability score with an emphasis on education and amenities.

Check out the rest of our family friendly, very safe Massachusetts' places to see how your city ranked. There are definitely some surprises. And if you don't find your favorite there, head to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about Massachusetts and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Massachusetts For 2021

Wellesley, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 28,747
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 43.8%
More on Wellesley: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Milton, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 27,572
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 67
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 40.6%
More on Milton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Winchester, MA

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 22,738
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 42.9%
More on Winchester: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Needham, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 30,970
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 41.5%
More on Needham: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Longmeadow, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 15,791
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 34.4%
More on Longmeadow: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lynnfield, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,894
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 36.2%
More on Lynnfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Arlington, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 45,304
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 68
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 30.5%
More on Arlington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 25,132
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 36.6%
More on Reading: Homes For Sale | Data

Brookline, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 59,180
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 25.4%
More on Brookline: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Newton, MA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 88,593
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 35.9%
More on Newton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine which place is best for families in Massachusetts anyways?

To give you the places in Massachusetts which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Bay State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Massachusetts, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Massachusetts, that meant a total of 64 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Raise A Family In Massachusetts

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Massachusetts ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles Massachusetts according to the data:

  1. Leominster
  2. Pittsfield
  3. Chelsea

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Massachusetts?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Wellesley, MA 28,747 43
2 Milton, MA 27,572 62
3 Winchester, MA 22,738 35
4 Needham, MA 30,970 58
5 Longmeadow, MA 15,791 43
6 Lynnfield, MA 12,894 41
7 Arlington, MA 45,304 52
8 Reading, MA 25,132 52
9 Brookline, MA 59,180 55
10 Newton, MA 88,593 50

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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