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COMPARE CITIES FOR Massachusetts


Compare city quality of life facts and figures for three of the best places to retire in Massachusetts.

Compare home prices, cost of living, air quality, medical care, water quality, demographics and more. Use the drop down box to make another state comparison.

  




Massachusetts Cities
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City Type
City Type East Coast, College Town, City Living East Coast East Coast, Wine Country na
Population (2016 est.)
Population (Current) 110,651 23,793 2,642 78,040
Population (1990) 95,802 21,174 3,561 49,272
Land Area (sq mi) 6 17 10 36
Persons Per Square Mile 17,289 1,400 264 2,151
Home Prices
2017 $863,083 $312,250 $658,426 $398,000
Total Appreciation ('01 to '17) 75.9% 55.4% 106.0% 65.0%
Annual Appreciation ('16 to '17) -32.6% 15.4% 21.9% 4.0%
Avg Annual Appreciation ('01 to '17) 3.6% 2.8% 4.7% 3.4%
Big City Prices ('17) $496,000 $496,000 $496,000 $343,000
Bargain Index 141% 51% 107% 94%
Big City Boston Boston Boston na
Monthly Rent $2,182 $1,817 $1,817 $1,495
Price/Rent Index 26.6 11.5 24.3 17.9
Cost of Living (2018)
Cost of Living 171% 108% 143% 107%
Air Quality - Annual Avg (2001-2017)
Good Days 169 255 255 72%
Moderate Days 181 24 24 25%
Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days 13 6 6 3%
Unhealthy Days 2 1 1 0%
Very Unhealthy Days 0 0 0 0%
Water Quality (2002-2014)
Good 11% 35% 35% 36%
Threatened 0% 0% 0% 2%
Impaired 89% 65% 65% 62%
Walkability
Walk Score® 87 25 52 45
Nearest Large City
Distance to Nearest City 4 miles 74 miles 115 miles 72 miles
City Boston Boston Boston na
Recreation
National Parks 22 18 18 7
National Campgrounds 8 2 4 26
State Parks 44 14 2 11
Medical Care (2016)
Accredited Hospitals 33 1 0 4
Building Permits (single family homes)
2016 31 26 11 346
2015 39 31 10 324
Gain ('15 to '16) -21% -16% 10% 6%
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Population Distribution (2010)
Median Age (yrs) 30 51 52 37
White 66.6% 92.6% 91.5% 80.7%
Black or African American 11.7% 2.0% 4.0% 7.2%
Native American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2% 0.3% 0.6% 0.8%
Asian 15.1% 1.1% 0.6% 3.6%
Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Other Race 2.1% 1.8% 1.6% 4.4%
Multiple Races 4.3% 2.1% 1.7% 3.0%
Hispanic or Latino 7.6% 2.6% 4.8% 11.6%
Income and Housing (2010)
Family Income $87,750 $62,196 $46,982 $69,596
Occupied Housing 93% 64% 39% 83%
Vacant Housing 7% 36% 61% 17%
Home Ownership 35% 76% 56% 55%
Persons Per Family 2.80 2.70 2.60 2.90
Taxes (2018)
Local and State 6.3% 6.3% 6.3% 6.8%
Local, State and Federal 116 days 116 days 116 days 113 days
Climate - Average Temperatures (1971-2000)
Climate Type Cool & Wet Cool & Wet Cool & Wet Temperate & Humid
January Low Temp 22 F 21 F 23 F 27 F
July High Temp 82 F 78 F 79 F 86 F
Annual Precipitation 43 in 43 in 42 in 35 in
Elevation 20 ft 50 ft 20 ft 1,652 ft
Natural Hazard Risk
Total Hazard Risk Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate
Earthquake .6% .2% .4% 10.9%
Tsunami No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk
Hurricane 20-40 20-40 20-40 10
Flood Very High Very High Very High Very High
Tornado Low Low Low Low
Volcano No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk
Wildfire Low Low Low Low
Man-Made Hazard Risk (Nuclear)
Nearby Reactors 2 4 2 2
Crimes per 10,000 Population - Annual Avg (2001-2017)
Violent Crimes 41 58 68 40
Property Crimes 302 270 414 397
Home Energy Use - Annual Avg (1971-2000)
Heating Degree Days 5,630 6,026 5,994 4,662
Cooling Degree Days 777 413 436 1,253
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