Massachusetts : What you need to know

Boston may get most of the attention in this New England state, but Massachusetts holds many other livable communities. Some of the best places to live in Massachusetts include Cambridge, Brookline and Newton. More than a dozen Fortune 500 companies are located in Massachusetts, including Liberty Mutual. The state also has more than 7,000 farms growing tobacco, livestock and fruit. 


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Massachusetts Profile

Quick Facts

Population 6705586
Latest Population Increase 0.72%
Median Household Income $6705586
Median Home Price $333100
Median Property Tax $2063
Median Rent $62.1

Employment Rate

  Employed 97.1%
  Unemployed 2.9%

Race

  Ethnicity White 79.6%
  Ethnicity Black 7.1%
  Ethnicity Asian 6%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 10.6%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.2%
  Ethnicity Other 4.2%

Employment Rate

  Employed 97.1%
  Unemployed 2.9%

Educational Levels

  Bachelor's Degree 22.8%
  Associate's Degree 7.7%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 17.7%
  High School Graduate 25.4%
  Some College, No Degree 16.2%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 40.5%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 89.8%

Industry

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 0.4%
Construction 5.4%
Manufacturing 9.2%
Wholesale Trade 2.4%
Retail Trade 10.8%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 3.6%
Information 2.3%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 7.6%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 13.2%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 27.9%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 8.8%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 4.4%
Public Administration 4%

Housing

  Homes Rent 62.1%
  Homes Owned 37.9%

Massachusetts Rankings


Best places to Live in Massachusetts
Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Abington 16,112 $304,900 $80,148
Acushnet Center 2,859 $229,200 $53,897
Adams 5,475 $142,200 $44,926
Agawam Town 28,688 $223,400 $61,494
Amesbury Town 16,907 $310,700 $76,558
Amherst Center 19,543 $330,500 $31,342
Andover 8,783 $480,800 $72,375
Arlington 44,128 $522,900 $93,787
Athol 8,427 $135,200 $42,013
Attleboro 43,953 $268,000 $67,736
Ayer 3,103 $270,400 $56,530
Baldwinville 2,174 $190,200 $57,083
Barnstable Town 44,591 $349,000 $59,711
Barre 1,075 $192,700 $30,708
Belcher 3,289 $236,900 $41,425
Bellingham 5,396 $245,600 $81,744
Belmont 25,337 $681,000 $110,685
Beverly 40,670 $369,600 $72,837
Blandford 382 $199,700 $67,917
Bliss Corner 5,757 $259,100 $46,558