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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 about MA

Population 6,705,586
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $68,563
Median Home Price $333,100
Median Property Tax $2,063
Median Rent $62

Employment Rate in MA

  Employed 97.1%
  Unemployed 2.9%

Race in MA

  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 in MA

  Employed 97.1%
  Unemployed 2.9%

Educational Levels in MA

  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 in MA

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 in MA

  Homes Rent 62.1%
  Homes Owned 37.9%

Massachusetts Rankings

Best places to Live in Massachusetts

Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Boston 650,281 $393,600 $55,777
Worcester 183,382 $205,200 $45,472
Springfield 153,947 $144,700 $34,728
Lowell 109,349 $232,200 $48,002
Cambridge 107,916 $581,700 $79,416
New Bedford 94,909 $206,900 $37,574
Brockton 94,532 $221,400 $47,557
Quincy 93,177 $351,800 $64,155
Lynn 91,626 $254,600 $47,429
Fall River 88,727 $232,500 $35,213
Newton 87,675 $739,700 $122,080
Lawrence 78,804 $219,600 $34,852
Somerville 78,595 $469,200 $73,106
Framingham 70,443 $345,700 $68,219
Waltham 62,438 $417,600 $75,205
Haverhill 62,079 $256,900 $60,888
Malden 60,612 $330,100 $54,896
Brookline 59,132 $725,700 $95,518
Medford 57,136 $401,000 $76,445
Taunton 56,276 $236,600 $53,058