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The state of Massachusetts is the most populated state in
the New England region of the United States. People are drawn to the state for
its world-renowned educational institutions (Harvard), healthcare systems,
beautiful skylines, massive sport energy, diversified culture, history and of
course, the most-loved aspect is the beautiful Boston! This city is the capital
without which the picture of Massachusetts remains incomplete.
Well, Boston does get a lot of the attention just like the
Eiffel tower would in Paris. We’re not saying it doesn’t deserve the attention.
There’s no question that Boston does have a lot to offer to residents. This is
probably the reason why half of the population is concentrated in this
world-class city. If you ask us to give you figures, that’s around 4.3 million
people calling Boston home, while the entire state’s population is 6.7 million.
Besides falling in love with Boston, by moving to
Massachusetts, you’ll basically be opening your doors open to a whole bunch of
other good things too. Such as mind-blowing seafood, astounding scenery and
stunning old-world architecture. The state also has a great number of
geographical features. By living here, you can expect to be just a drive away
from iconic coastal towns, mountain towns, active beaches, clear water lakes,
vacation islands, ski areas and several other dramatic natural spots.
However, moving homes is a huge decision and we’re sure that
an overview of Massachusetts is not convincing enough to get you to pack your
bags and relocate here. Hence, we’ll be covering several of the other aspects
you should learn about before moving to Massachusetts.
CALCULATE MY MOVE
The state of Massachusetts enjoys four distinct seasons year
round. Spring, Summer and Autumn are beautiful, warm and humid, while the
winters are bitter, cold and snowy. The
cold winters here are a main concern for a majority of people considering
moving here. So let’s understand how cold it really gets and also give you a
gist of what the temperatures look like all throughout the year.
Winters (November to February) - The winters in Massachusetts are far from mild and there’s no
way that residents take the winters lightly. Winter boots, clothing and other
gear is highly recommended to survive these months. You would also need to
invest in shovels and winter tires. If you’ll be coming from a sunny state, you
would need to get acquainted with having less sunlight and dark skies for days.
Overall, temperatures in the state vary significantly across regions. But to
give you a rough estimate, the average low temperatures lie in the 17°F
(-8.3°C) to 31°F (-0.6°C) zone.
In the month of
January, however, things start to get more severe. The state begins to receive
roughly 15-20 inches of snowfall. And in Boston, the temperature could be
between 22°F (-5.6°C) to 36°F (2.2°C). Massachusetts in general would have freezing temperatures
for most of winter, but relatively, the sub-zero days would be fewer in this
state. The oppressive snow
in January and February can make it difficult to move out. However, on the plus
side, you get to enjoy winter activities like skiing and ice skating.
(March to May) - Spring is the most awaited season of
the year, especially after a few rough winter months. It’s a relief for most
residents to see clear skies bringing back the state to life. Temperatures
range from 42F-66F in the daytime. But nights can at times be chilly (32F).
Although springs are warm and beautiful, the state also registers 3-5 inches,
especially during the transition from winter to spring. However, residents
always appreciate the spring because it’s a great time to stay outside, have a
picnic or simply take long walks.
(June to August) - Summers bring in bright clear skies and
lots of sunshine. The humidity is high in regions close to the coast. However,
it’s pretty pleasant in the rest of the state. On peak days, temperatures could
range from 85F-95F. But the climate rarely turns into scorching heat status
that’s truly unbearable. Summers are great for outdoor activities, sunbathing,
hiking, cycling and jogging. Basically it’s time to do all the things you enjoy
while the sun shines.
(September to October) - Fall is considered to be the most
pleasant time of the year. The temperature ranges from 46F-76F and you can
catch peak foliage in your surroundings around mid-September. Leominster State Forest, Forest
Hills Cemetery, Towle Land and Boston Public Garden are few of the best places
to see the changing leaves in the Bay state.
Overview - The transportation system in the
Boston area and most other municipalities is overlooked by the Massachusetts
Bay Transportation Authority (locally called ‘The T’). The basic role of the
MBTA is to make a commuters life easy and help residents get from point A to B
by non-car methods. It provides 1.3 million trips every single day throughout
Greater Boston. The service is made up of extensive bus systems, 4 subway
lines, a commuter rail system and a handful of ferry services. Below is a gist
of these 4 modes of transportation.
The Subway is the largest public transit system connecting
residents to areas within and near the city. It takes more than 700,000 trips
each weekday, so let’s touch upon where the four lines take residents.
Regarding fees - A one way fare on the subway is
$2.40 with a CharlieCard. 1 day pass is $12.75 and the monthly LinkPass is
This is a great option if you need to get to work or travel
outside the surrounding areas of Boston city. It is also the most reliable way
to get to know all the beautiful parts of the state. In its entirety, the MBTA
Commuter Rail links residents to neighborhoods in eastern Massachusetts, Rhode
Island and downtown Boston, with 137 stops throughout the region. Popular stops
are Boston, Providence (Rhode Island), Salem, Gillette Stadium, Wachusett
Mountain and Cape Cod.
Regarding fees - A one way ticket costs between
This could be your go-to option to get around Boston and all
its neighborhoods. Most of the vibrant hubs, communities, work spaces, college
campuses are tied together by the bus system in Boston. The advantage of the T
buses is that it doesn’t just connect you to Greater Boston, but links
residents into surrounding cities like Bedford, Medford, Saugus and Salem. The
bus service definitely has a far reach and has more than 170 routes with 8,000
stops. Another plus factor of using the bus is that you can get off at stops
that are linked to the MBTA subway, commuter rail, Amtrak stations and regional
Regarding fees - A one way trip costs between
If you’re considering residing somewhere close to the North
or South shore, you can easily access the ferry either to commute to work or
just enjoy the scenic landscape of Massachusetts. The downtown areas of
Charlestown, Logan International airport, Salem, Winthrop, Hingham and Hull are
the popular destinations you can access by ferry.
Regarding fees - Depending on where you travel
till your fare could fall in the range of $3.70 – $9.75 each way.
Apart from the services provided by ‘The T’:
Among the Amtrak operating rail lines, ‘The Acela Express’
is the most frequently used service that gets passengers from Boston to New
York in 3.5 hours. Do note that the Amtrak operates passenger rail service travels to and
from major northeastern cities. Overall, it is safe to say that the
state of Massachusetts has a variety of public transportation systems and this
is a huge perk of residing here.
In the past, the sectors that fueled the state’s economy
were the oil, steel and automobile industry. However, in today’s time retail,
universities and health care are the sectors dominating the growth of the
economy. And these are the exact sectors that are vital to the health of the
Massachusetts economy. In addition to these, biotechnology, information
technology, finance, tourism, manufacturing, and defense are the industries
dominating the job market of the state.
Below is our version of a directory of some of the top
employers of the state. This is just to give you a glance of the top performing
industries so you have a fair idea of the sectors playing an important role in
providing lucrative jobs to residents.
The largest employers of Massachusetts are:
In a nutshell - The industries that are seeing the biggest growth in Massachusetts are technology, healthcare and higher education. Keep in mind, these are just the sectors having a significant presence. There are certainly up-and-coming startups in the food and garment industry also thriving in the state. In addition to these, tourism definitely has a huge mark on the state’s economy with Boston and Cape Cod being the most visited regions.
According to reports by HomeSnacks, the average median rent
of houses in Massachusetts is $2,500, while the national average is roughly
$1,650 (so that’s a 51% difference in cost). However, don’t be taken aback. The
salaries are also higher, so most people in the state can to an extent afford
to arrange funds in this price range for rent. Also, on the plus side there are
areas where the cost of rent could be moderate.
Having said that, there are a few neighborhoods where the
rent is extremely high. Such as Cambridge, Newton, Watertown, Somerville,
Medford and Waltham.
When it comes down to cost of living, it should be no
surprise that things are on the high end of the spectrum. The reason for this?
The short answer is that you get the value that you pay for. The state has huge
educational institutions like Harvard, good infrastructure, great healthcare,
urban lifestyle, beautiful landscapes and the strength of diverse communities.
That being said, let us get down to rough estimates for you
so you have more insights on how expensive the state really gets. Now, if
you’re considering housing, the median value of homes in Massachusetts is
approximately $462,110! We hear you, this is pretty expensive. However, don’t
let this stop you from taking the plunge. Like we said, it is possible that
your salary would be able to afford the housing costs of Massachusetts. On an
average, a good annual salary for most jobs in the state is roughly 65k-70k.
And to live comfortably, the median household income should be approximately
$77,378 (according to data from Niche). And a single-person estimated monthly
cost is $3,727. So depending on the lifestyle choices you make, you can either
break your bank account, or experience the joy of learning to live within your
Now, in regards to the utilities costs, this is also way higher than the national average and this is solely because Massachusetts is among the most expensive places to live. Taking into account your heat, hot water, gas, and electricity bill, you would approximately be paying $150 to $450 per month.
The last thing you would need to factor in is taxes that’s
locally referred to as ‘Taxachusetts’. A term specifically dedicated to
defining the Bay State’s reputation for having the highest tax rates in the
See also: 7 States with Lowest Taxes
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge2. Harvard University, Cambridge3. Tufts University, Cambridge4. Williams College, Williamstown5. Amherst College, Amherst6. Wellesley College, Wellesley7. Boston College, Chestnut Hill8. Northeaster University, Boston9. Boston University, Boston10. Smith College, Northampton
1. Hopkinton Public School District, Hopkinton2. Wayland Public School District, Wayland3. Weston Public School District, Weston4. Wellesley Public School District, Wellesley5. Westwood Public School District, Westwood6. Westford Public School District, Westford7. Public Schools of Brookline, Brookline8. Newton Public Schools, Newton9. Westborough Public Schools, Westborough10 Lexington Public Schools, Lexington
Like we harped on before, Boston is one of the best cities
in America and is just hands down the best city in Massachusetts. There’s a
whole wealth of reasons why people choose Boston over any other city in the
state. Few of them are the view of the skyline, the education systems, the
nightlife, diversity and its extensive public transit options. Charleston,
Chelsea, Medford and Dochester are few of the best neighborhoods of Boston. In
its entirety, it is a city that is wealthy and wise (literally).
Median price of homes sold: $487,300Median rent: $1,539
See also: Moving to Boston, Massachusetts
The city of Worcester is the second most populous city in
the state. It’s a relatively quiet and residential area of the state where
housing is also not exorbitant. This city boasts of historic architecture,
wonderful restaurants, tight-knit neighborhoods, a decent nightlife and loads
of parks. It is located an hour away from Boston and other hubs, so you can
easily get connected to different areas you prefer. For instance, a 2 hour
drive could get you to the stunning Berkshires mountain range and a 3.5 drive
gets you to New York city.
Median price of homes sold: $220,700Median rent: $1,064
The city of Brookline ranks as the number one place to live
in Massachusetts (according to Niche). Things that draw people to this city is
that it is extremely safe, you get access to a ton of great restaurants and
locally owned businesses. However, do note that Brookline is a more affluent
part of the city and housing here is extremely expensive. But then on the plus
side, you get to enjoy living in a well-kept safe neighborhood with friendly
families and young professionals.
Median price of homes sold: $885,700Median rent: $2,194
Northampton is part of the Springfield
metropolitan area. The city is most appealing to those looking to settle down
in a small town area away from the crowds. It offers residents a community
atmosphere and supports local stores. A sustainable lifestyle is followed by
most and Northampton also has a thriving arts community. The state is filled
with greenery, highly walkable paths and nature trails. The town is on the
smaller side but you can easily plug into the big cities if you’re looking for
a more lively atmosphere.
Median price of homes sold: $321,900Median rent: $1,098
One of the biggest perks of living in Newton is that you
would be in close proximity to the efficient form of transportation. You can
get direct access to downtown Boston, Cambridge and Brookline. The city is also
centrally located from a couple of commercial hubs, restaurants and cultural
centers. The neat streets of the city encourage residents to walk and cycle.
Overall, it is a neat little town to call home but it is less affordable.
However, if you’re looking for that balance of good schools, safe neighborhoods
and easy commute, Newton is a safe bet.
Median price of homes sold: $886,100Median rent: $1,829
Massachusetts is among the most expensive places to live in
the United States. It’s no secret that the economy of Boston is the driving
force behind this. 65k to 75k is considered to be a comfortable salary for an
individual in Boston. The high cost of living is possibly the price paid for
great public transit systems, good infrastructure and excellent educational
facilities. The state of Massachusetts also ranks third for healthcare in the
nation, so you do get a certain standard of living in exchange for the high
costs of living.
residency in Massachusetts, you would have to live here for 183 days. This is
how long it would take to become a resident. In addition, you’d also have to
comply with all the residency requirements, such as filling out your voter
registration form, changing the address on your license and getting your car
registered with the state.
have 30 days post your move to Massachusetts to visit the DMV and get the
address on your license changed. We recommend that you set aside a day for the
DMV visit, since you would have to personally visit a ‘Massachusetts Registry
of Motor Vehicles’ (RMV) branch to verify your documents.
Worcester, Brookline, Northampton and Newton are some of the popular spots to
move to in Massachusetts. Boston is usually the first choice for new residents.
The city has the buzz for jobs, culture, excellent educational institutions and
great transit options.
A popular choice for affordable housing in Massachusetts is
the western portion of the state. Also, the further you move away from hotspots
in Boston, the lower costs are going to get. Areas surrounding Worcester or
Marlborough are good options. Franklin, Bellingham and Westfield are few of the
cheapest cities to live in Massachusetts.
There are several ways to prove residency in Massachusetts.
The most common way is to change the address on your driver’s license and get
your vehicle registered with the state. You can also show your updated voter
registration card. Your mortgage documents or rental agreement obtained in
Boston also does the job of proving residency in Massachusetts.
You would have 30 days to change the address on your
out-of-state license after you become a resident of Massachusetts. If you are caught driving with
your out-of-state post 30 days of the move, you could be fined for carrying an
invalid license. To avoid the fine, we recommend heading to the ‘Massachusetts
Registry of Motor Vehicles’ (RMV) to complete the necessary paperwork in order
to get the right address displayed on your license. The RMV could take nearly 7
to 10 days to send the renewed license, so it’s best to tackle this task in a
is a great place to live, but it can be expensive depending on where you’ll be
moving from. On the plus side, you do get a higher standard of living. You get
great options for public transit, healthcare and even educational institutions.
Something else that you must be prepared for when you move here is the winters.
Take your time to adjust to the bitterly
cold temperatures especially in January and February. If you love hiking or
being outdoors, you can always turn to the Berkshires and Cape Cod. These are
the natural wonders of Massachusetts. There’s always something interesting to
do in Massachusetts, so it would be tough to get bored here.
relocate to Massachusetts, you would need to visit the nearest ‘Massachusetts
Registry of Motor Vehicles’ (RMV) to get the address changed on your driver’s
license. It is necessary to renew the address on your former license so that it
reflects your new residential address in Massachusetts. You would have 30 days
to complete the necessary paperwork post the move to Massachusetts.
Springfield, New Bedford, Lawrence, Brockton and Fall River
are few of the poorest cities to live in Massachusetts. The wages here are poor
and there’s a large percentage of individuals earning considerably lesser than
the state household median income which is at $77,378.
Springfield, Brockton, Webster, Tisbury and Holyoke are some
of the worst places to live in Massachusetts. These are just a few of the
neighborhoods that are rough in comparison to others.
Few of the towns that get a bad rap and are termed dangerous are Springfield, Brockton, Fall River, Holyoke and Tisbury. These towns are the most dangerous based on the latest FBI Data report. In general, statistics point out that Massachusetts is among the safest states to live in the US since it even has strong gun laws.
Our Take On Massachusetts
Massachusetts has the best sport teams, it’s got the stunning Cape Cod for beaches, the Berkshires for mountains and artsy seaside towns at Cape Ann. Overall, you have the best of all worlds. You have socially progressive cities and world-class universities. Massachusetts is also within short driving distance from a majority of other states. However, all the goodness of the state comes at a cost. It is expensive to live in. In any case, like we said earlier, you can possibly take the plunge here because there will be several neighborhoods where prices are relatively moderate. Overall, like the saying goes Massachusetts is just a wicked cool place to be!
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