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You've seen these lists before: Best places to live in Massachusetts, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Bay State and no one pays attention to the little guy.
Well, that's all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Massachusetts based on numbers--not opinions or hearsay.
We'll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Massachusetts ranked the based--you know, based on science.
Before we get to the top 15, here's a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Massachusetts for 2022.
The 10 Best Small Towns To Live In Massachusetts For 2022
What's the best small town in Massachusetts? West Falmouth is the best small town in Massachusetts based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like West Falmouth, chances are, you're not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you--keep reading and we'll get to just why these small towns made our list.
For more reading on the Bay State check out:
- Best Places To Live In Massachusetts
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- Most Dangerous Cities In Massachusetts
The 15 Best Small Towns In Massachusetts For 2022
Median Income: $129,688 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $645,200 (8th Best)
More on West Falmouth: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $167,593 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $614,600 (11th Best)
More on Cordaville: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $80,000 (48th Best)
Median Home Value: $371,800 (50th Best)
More on Williamstown: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $97,407 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $550,200 (19th Best)
More on North Falmouth: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $141,713 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $569,600 (16th Best)
More on Hopkinton: Photos | Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $106,964 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $569,300 (17th Best)
More on The Pinehills: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $92,949 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $471,500 (26th Best)
More on Rowley: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $94,243 (31st Best)
Median Home Value: $582,600 (14th Best)
More on Nahant: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $165,516 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $788,000 (4th Best)
More on South Duxbury: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $222,153 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $696,700 (6th Best)
More on Boxford: Photos | Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $83,507 (43rd Best)
Median Home Value: $497,400 (22nd Best)
More on Mattapoisett Center: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $91,319 (35th Best)
Median Home Value: $376,000 (46th Best)
More on Monument Beach: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $115,469 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $350,000 (54th Best)
More on Hanson: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $217,284 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $986,000 (3rd Best)
More on Dover: Photos | Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $139,077 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $621,200 (10th Best)
More on Topsfield: Photos | Data | Homes For Sale
Methodology: How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Massachusetts
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census's 2016-2020 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (Higher is better)
- Lowest Unemployment Rates
- Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
- Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
- Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
- Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
- Commute Times (Lower is better)
We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot - 99 to be exact.
We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 99, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Massachusetts. Top of that list -- West Falmouth. You can download the data here.
Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Massachusetts.
Summary: Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones
We said it once and we'll say it again -- this list: it's just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 15 small towns in Massachusetts are the best, in which to live.
And who can argue with that?
If you're curious, here are the worst small towns in Massachusetts:
- Monson Center
- West Wareham
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