Three Massachusetts towns make best places to live list

by Liz Hughes

Three Massachusetts communities are on Livability’s list of best places to live in the U.S.

Now in its ninth year, Livability’s annual ranking of Top 100 Best Places to Live in America is based on reviews of more than 2,300 cities using more than 50 data points measuring economic stability, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital and health care. 

This year Quincy, Worcester and Framingham all made the list. 

Quincy came in No. 49 with a score of 619. Named after the great-grandfather of President John Quincy Adams, Quincy, located just 23 minutes south of Boston, was praised for its 27 miles of coastline, its strong life sciences and financial services sectors, and its educational opportunities. It’s home to both Quincy College and Eastern Nazarene College. 

The city has a population of 94,389, an average commute of 34.1 minutes, a median home value of $647,122 and a median household income of $80,462. 

Worcester ranked 75th with a score of 606. The city, which recently celebrated its tricentennial, was touted for its affordability and diversity as well as its transportation infrastructure — including a commuter rail that goes back and forth from Boston. It also has a very walkable downtown and is home to three universities: Clark University, Worcester State University and Quinsigamond Community College.

The city has a population of 185,186, an average commute of 23.7 minutes, a median home value of $383,176 and a median household income of $51,647.

The third Massachusetts city on the list is Framingham, coming in at No. 77 with a score of 605. It’s just 30 minutes from Boston and boasts a bustling downtown. It’s also home to Framingham State University and houses the headquarters for several well-known companies, including Bose Corporation, Staples, TJX (TJ Maxx and sister companies) and Boston Heart Diagnostics.

Framingham has a population of 72,846, an average commute time of 28.5 minutes, a median home value of $618,025 and a median household income of $86,322.

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