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Civics 69
Demographics 70
Economy 63
Education 43
Health 64
Housing 56
Infrastructure 47

#22. Framingham, MA

Framingham, MA has all the makings of a perfectly situated city, providing the convenience of the nearby metropolis of Boston and the blissful security of a place that will feel like home to anyone. Blessed with New England beauty and charm, this college town boasts just under 73,000 residents and is particularly loved for its diverse population and dedicated civil servants. Whether you’re looking for terrific public schools, an exhilarating nightlife, or just an ideal place to raise a family, Framingham’s got it.

Top Colleges/Universities: Framingham State University

Top Industries & Employers: Biotechnic, education, medical, office, and retail; Bose, Metrowest Medical Center, and Staples are major employers.

Weekend Plans: Go for a climb at Central Rock Gym, view a new exhibit and take an art class at The Danforth Art Museum (at FSU) or explore the delights of pick-your-own fruits and corn mazes at Hanson’s Farm.

Favorite Place to Feast: Legal Seafoods or Bella Costa 

Beloved Beverage: The Nutella Nitro Coffee Float from J & M Diner

Outdoorsy Activity: The Cochituate Brook Reservation Trail is great for walking, jogging, or biking while surrounded by untouched nature and wildlife; (leashed) dogs are welcome anytime.

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: Cool off with your pup over at Mad Willie’s Ice Cream or with a pint at Exhibit “A” Brewing Company or spend the day playing fetch in Cushing Memorial Park.

Remote Work Perk: Metroworks Coworking Space is great for remote workers, though the Framingham Public Library is a great choice, too.

One More Thing … Framingham, which was initially settled in 1650, was incorporated officially as a town in 1700 — meaning it was an established municipality a good 76 years before the United States was fully independent of Great Britain.

– Brittany Anas

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