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The Best Places to Live in Massachusetts

Aug 18, 2023|

Massachusetts is known for its rich history, prestigious universities, and incredible scenery. If you are thinking about moving to the Bay State, there are several great areas that you could call home. There are bustling cosmopolitan cities like Boston, Worcester, and Springfield, and there are quiet rural communities like Leverett and Amhurst.

If you do decide to settle down in Massachusetts, you won’t have to go very far to enjoy a great vacation. You’ll be a drive away from visiting historic sites in Salem, skiing in the Berkshires, soaking up some sun in Martha’s Vineyard, or enjoying the wonders of nature in one of the state’s many national parks.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the best cities in Massachusetts.

Annisquam lighthouse off the north coast of Massachusetts


Boston is the largest city in Massachusetts and the state capital. Almost 700,000 people live in Boston, and they spend their days surrounded by both historic and modern architecture. Its cobbled streets are flanked by buildings predating the Revolutionary War and business districts with glass and steel office towers.

Boston is known for higher education, and with good reason: Harvard and MIT are located in nearby Cambridge. Boston College and Northeastern University are in the city itself. Boston is also one of the safest large cities in the United States.


Originally a fishing and whaling center, Provincetown is now known as one of America’s most famous artist colonies. Provincetown is known for being tolerant, which is why the bucolic Cape Cod town has been a haven for poets, painters, and playwrights for more than a hundred years. There are dozens of eclectic shops, art galleries, and dining establishments on Commercial Street and amazing beaches within walking distance. You may not have to worry too much about crime if you decide to move to Provincetown because the town is extremely safe. According to the FBI, there were no violent crimes and only one robbery reported in Provincetown in 2022.

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Lexington is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. The city is known as the Birthplace of American Liberty because it is the place where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired. Once a farming community, Lexington is home to about 35,000 people today. Many of these residents chose the city because it is only 10 miles away from Boston, has excellent schools, and is one of the safest cities in Massachusetts.


Sudbury is famous for its incredible scenery and amazing schools. The rural town has approximately 19,000 residents, and they live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Homes in Sudbury are expensive and the cost of living is high, but crime is almost unheard of. In 2022, the overall crime rate was 2.83 per 1,000 persons. The town is also known for taking a radically different approach to education. The Sudbury School Model encourages children to act responsibly and think independently, and the results speak for themselves. Sudbury school students have some of the highest test scores in the country, and three-quarters of them go on to attend college.


Springfield is one of the largest western Massachusetts cities. Nestled alongside the Connecticut River, Springfield is home to more than 150,000 people. Springfield has earned the nickname the City of Firsts because so many inventors worked in the city, but visitors flock to the area today for its many museums, a Six Flags theme park, and the Basketball Hall of Fame. While safer than most similarly sized American cities, Springfield has more crime than other parts of Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts has some of the safest cities and neighborhoods in the country, but thousands of Bay State residents still become crime victims every day. If you want to keep your home safe and protect your family, it’s time to install a state-of-the-art security system from Vivint. Our home security and automation products offer homeowners:

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Stay safe with Vivint

People from all over the United States move to Massachusetts each year in search of safe cities and career and educational opportunities. Moving to a state with low crime rates is a good way to protect your family, and installing a sophisticated home automation and security system provides even more peace of mind.

Vivint products have been engineered to deter crime and keep your family safe. Our home security systems are monitored around the clock, so you can rest easy knowing that help is always there. No matter which Massachusetts city you decide to call home, you can rely on Vivint to protect your home and safeguard your family. Contact our team of smart home professionals today at 855.822.1220 to find out how Vivint can make your Massachusetts home safer and more secure.

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