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Money Ranked Waltham One of the Best Places to Live in America

Moody Street got a shoutout.

It turns out you don’t have to travel very far if you’d like to move to one of the best places to live in America. Money magazine just released its list of the 100 best places to live in 2017, and Waltham made an appearance in the top 15.

Every year, the magazine ranks cities and towns offering a healthy economy, affordable homes, and a high quality of life. This time, it looked at places with populations between 10,000 and 100,000. Good old Watch City clocked in at number 13 on the list, right behind Beaverton, Oregon and New Berlin, Wisconsin.

Money cites Waltham’s relatively easy to commute to Boston as a plus. But there are plenty of employers in town, too—Waltham is home to companies like Raytheon, AstraZeneca, and Dutch printing company Cimpress, as well as Brandeis and Bentley universities. It also counts a slew of impressive restaurants, which warranted a shoutout to the famed Moody Street, “where you can dine on everything from pho to tapas to tandoori kebabs.”

The report lauds Waltham’s diversity, as approximately one in four residents were born outside of the United States. Money also crunched some numbers to find Waltham’s median home price: $456,666, medium household income: $75,106, projected job growth: 4.6 percent, and a few other statistics.

There were a handful of other New England towns in the top 100, including Newton at number 26, Nashua, NH, at number 57, Weymouth Town at number 73, Norwood at number 76, Salem, NH, at number 82, and South Portland, Maine at number 100.

Apparently, New England is no match for Fishers, Indiana: the number one best place to live in America in 2017. Fishers is said to be “a booming city with good schools, low cost of living, and an entrepreneurial buzz.” Boston can claim two out of three of those qualities. Good enough, right?


Madeline Bilis Associate Editor at Boston Magazine @madelinebilis
mbilis@bostonmagazine.com