Wallet Hub’s Ranking of Best Small Cities

Massachusetts Cities that Made the List

First, a bit about their methodology – they scored the cities on the categories of Affordability, Economic Health, Education & Health Rank, Safety and Quality of Life.  If your city did not rank high on the list or did not make it at all it could be that is not in the category of Small City as they define it – a population of 25,000 to 100,000. Or that your city is too expensive to live in or does not rank high on one of the other categories.

Source: WalletHub

A good number of Massachusetts Cities made the list and ranked especially well on Health with many cities having a large percentage of the population insured.

Here are the Massachusetts cities that made the list.  The full report can be found here – Wallethub 2019 Ranking of Small Cities.

  • #4 Melrose
  • #6 Lexington
  • #7 Milton
  • #11 Needham
  • #16 Newton
  • #18 Arlington
  • #35 Brookline
  • #37 Wakefield
  • #46 Wellesley
  • #52 Medford
  • # 67 Woburn
  • #72 Waltham
  • #79 Salem
  • #87 Somerville

Of these, Melrose, Lexington, Arlington, and Milton ranked high on Percentage of the Population who are insured.

Milton and Lexington ranked high on Lowest Crime rate.  Many of the MA cities ranked high on Safety – in this order – Lexington, Milton, Arlington, Melrose, Wellesley, Needham, Newton

Nearly all the MA cities ranked high in Education and Health – in this order –  Lexington, Arlington, Newton, Wellesley, Melrose, Needham, Brookline, Woburn, Milton,Wakefield, Medford, Norwood,Northampton, Waltham, Marlborough, Somerville. 

No surprise that none of the MA cities ranked high on affordability.

Salem ranked highest on Quality of life, by a wide margin! 

If you want to get real estate listings for any of these towns, just ask!

Michelle J. Lane

MICHELLE J. LANE, Realtor
Century 21 Commonwealth
CELL: 617 584-3904

 

Best Elementary Schools in Massachussets – 2017

Mason Rice School

Mason Rice School, Newton MA

Niche.com came out with their 2017 list of best elementary schools in Massachussets.  Lexington, Newton and Wellesley dominated the list.  Mason-Rice fell from number 1, but is still, the highest ranking in Newton, which is creating demand for housing in that school district.   In all, 9 elementary schools in Newton made it to the top 25.  Great schools, combined with easy access to Boston via the Green Line and the Commuter Rail are really pushing up prices of homes in Newton. 

Here are the top 25 to save you digging through the list:

  1. Lexington – Maria Hastings
  2. Lexington – Bowman
  3. Newton – Mason Rice
  4. Wellesley – Schofield
  5. Lexington – Joseph Eastbrook
  6. Newton – Ward
  7. Lexington – Harrington
  8. Lexington – Bridge
  9. Lexington – Fiske
  10. Wellesley – John D. Hardy
  11. Wellesley – Hunnewell
  12. Newton – Cabot
  13. Belmont – Roger E. Wellington
  14. Wellesley – Sprague
  15. Newton – Angier
  16. Belmont – Winn Brook
  17. Newton – Countryside
  18. Newton – Pierce
  19. Newton – Memorial Spaulding
  20. Brookline – Heath
  21. Belmont – Daniel Butler
  22. Westford – Day
  23. Newton – Bowen
  24. Newton – Lincoln Eliot
  25. Wayland – Claypit

For more details on these rankings, check out the full list here:

2017 Top Elementary Schools in Massachusetts 

Michelle J. Lane
MICHELLE J. LANE, Realtor
Century 21 Commonwealth
CELL: 617 584-3904

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seller Testimonial – Wellesley

Michelle was very supportive and understanding in dealing with a sale of our Mom’s house. Mom is 85 and leaving her home of 58 years so it was a big deal. Michelle also dealt smoothly with two siblings on opposite side of the country. Her communication was responsive, clear and we always felt that she was doing her best for us. There were some ups and downs in finding the right buyer and Michelle kept working her networks to keep us the process which was ultimately successful and we were very pleased with the final price and the overall process. 

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