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Demographics 57
Economy 74
Education 46
Health 62
Housing 38
Infrastructure 44

#61. Salem, MA

Salem, MA is a special destination during Halloween, with candlelight ghost tours and the Official Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball held in this charming New England town that’s famous for the witch trials of 1692. The city’s cobblestone streets, stylish and witchy boutiques, fresh seafood restaurants, though, have a knack for turning spellbound tourists into full-time residents. 

Top Colleges/Universities: Salem State University

Top Industries & Employers: North Shore Medical, Salem State University, the City of Salem and Market Basket are top employers.

Weekend Plans: Explore the arts and historical attractions in this harbor city with stops at the Witch History Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum and the Ropes Mansion, which you might recognize from the movie “Hocus Pocus.” 

Favorite Place to Feast: Lobster Shanty, where you can supersize your lobster rolls.

Beloved Beverage: Chocolate elixirs from Kakawa Chocolate House.

Outdoorsy Activity: Walk the trails in the Salem Woods. 

Rooftop Bar: Enjoy strong drinks and tacos at The Roof, which has harbor views.

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: There’s a dog menu at Longboards Restaurant and Bar, including bacon bits and cheese.

Remote Work Perk: The chamber of commerce holds lots of networking events so you can connect with other professionals. 

One More Thing … The cult classic “Hocus Pocus” was filmed at many spots in Salem.

– Brittany Anas

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