The 10 Best Places To Retire In Massachusetts For 2022


We analyzed over 69 places in Massachusetts to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best places to retire in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts might not have 365 days of sunshine a year or consistently warm temperatures, but it does have some pretty great places to retire.

And if you don't believe us, think about this: there are currently 1.2 million Massachusetts residents 65 and older enjoying all that the Bay State has to offer while you're still trying to figure out where you should spend your golden years. But, don't fret. HomeSnacks is here to let you in on the secret: we've created a list of the best places to retire in Massachusetts for 2022 and listed below.

The million dollar question, however: what is it about Massachusetts that makes people want to spend their golden years in this New England state? Is it the Boston Baked Beans? Worcester's world famous chowdah'? Or, that Massachusetts' is one of the best states in America?

Probably all of this and then some, folks; but since we can't give opinions a number, we had to consult the data to determine why Bay Staters are clamoring to get their hands on one of the state's best places to retire. So, we looked at the latest Census data for places in Massachachusetts with at least 10,000 residents and this left us with 68 cities that any retiree would be lucky to call home. We also looked at important factors that most people looking to retire would want to know: like, cost of living, low crime, and how close a place is to an international airport.

So, want to know where you, too, can be part of Massachusetts cool 'silver' crowd? Keep reading.

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Massachusetts For 2022

  1. Hull
  2. Milton
  3. Longmeadow
  4. Saugus
  5. Gloucester
  6. Newburyport
  7. Maynard
  8. Reading
  9. Needham
  10. Wakefield

Why did Hull take the top spot? And where are Boston and Worcester?

People are always asking HomeSnacks why we create these lists and our answer is simply this: we are here to help people find the best living situation possible so there are no regrets. And in Massachusetts' case, we wouldn't want anyone getting stuck spending their precious retirement years in one of Massachusetts' worst places to live. Incidentally, this is our ninth time ranking the best places to retire in The Baked Bean State, so don't wait because the word is out.

So, want to know where the best place is to retire in Massachusetts? Well, the latest data points to the very deserving Hull.

And if you want to know where the rest of Massachusetts' best places to retire are located, take a look below. And if you don't find what you're looking for there, hit that down arrow.

For more Massachusetts state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Massachusetts For 2022

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,478
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,530
Distance to Closest Airport: 6 miles
More on Hull: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hull, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 27,590
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $1,239
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
More on Milton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Milton, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 15,736
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $1,523
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
More on Longmeadow: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Longmeadow, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 28,326
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $965
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
More on Saugus: Real Estate | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 30,291
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,233
Distance to Closest Airport: 24 miles
More on Gloucester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gloucester, MA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 18,197
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,326
Distance to Closest Airport: 31 miles
More on Newburyport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newburyport, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,900
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,114
Distance to Closest Airport: 23 miles
More on Maynard: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Maynard, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 25,236
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,363
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
More on Reading: Real Estate | Data

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 31,177
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,604
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
More on Needham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Needham, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,041
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Rent: $1,513
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
More on Wakefield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wakefield, MA

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Bay State for 2022

To create our list of the best places in Massachusetts to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Bay State -- 245 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 68 places from across the state.

For these 68, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 68, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Hull, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Summary: Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Massachusetts Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Massachusetts goes to Hull.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Brockton
  2. Lawrence
  3. Worcester

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Massachusetts?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Hull 10,478 $1,530
2 Milton 27,590 $1,239
3 Longmeadow 15,736 $1,523
4 Saugus 28,326 $965
5 Gloucester 30,291 $1,233
6 Newburyport 18,197 $1,326
7 Maynard 10,900 $1,114
8 Reading 25,236 $1,363
9 Needham 31,177 $1,604
10 Wakefield 27,041 $1,513

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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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.