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12. Newton, MA
Settled in 1630 and home to Boston College, Newton features 13 quiet and safe villages that all have small downtowns of their own. Students have access to good public schools and seven colleges, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital provides top healthcare services. Newton Free Library is the largest library in Massachusetts, and the city has an advanced mass transit system. Newton is also famous for Heartbreak Hill and the late-race role it plays in the annual Boston Marathon.