These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Massachusetts

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 2 years ago
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Massachusetts have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Massachusetts places are the happiest. The criteria includes things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Longmeadow, the happiest place in Massachusetts.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Bay State”:

  1. Longmeadow
  2. Winchester
  3. Needham
  4. Lynnfield
  5. Reading
  6. Sharon
  7. Wellesley
  8. Northborough
  9. Wilmington
  10. Marblehead
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Bay State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (man, do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 115 places in Massachusetts with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 115 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Massachusetts”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every place in Massachusetts ranked. Our apologies to Bliss Corner which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Longmeadow


Population: 15,858 People Who Own Their Home: 86.6%
Married Adults: 62.5%

2. Winchester


Population: 21,863 People Who Own Their Home: 80.4%
Married Adults: 67.9%

3. Needham


Population: 29,540 People Who Own Their Home: 80.2%
Married Adults: 62.6%

4. Lynnfield


Population: 12,058 People Who Own Their Home: 80.6%
Married Adults: 64.0%

5. Reading


Population: 25,176 People Who Own Their Home: 75.5%
Married Adults: 59.8%

6. Sharon


Population: 6,010 People Who Own Their Home: 81.4%
Married Adults: 64.9%

7. Wellesley


Population: 28,858 People Who Own Their Home: 78.0%
Married Adults: 54.6%

8. Northborough


Population: 14,155 People Who Own Their Home: 73.2%
Married Adults: 55.7%

9. Wilmington


Population: 22,907 People Who Own Their Home: 83.8%
Married Adults: 59.5%

10. Marblehead


Population: 20,163 People Who Own Their Home: 73.6%
Married Adults: 62.0%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Massachusetts

CityRankPopulationPeople Who Own Their HomeMarried Adults

Longmeadow 1 15,858 86.6% 62.5%
Winchester 2 21,863 80.4% 67.9%
Needham 3 29,540 80.2% 62.6%
Lynnfield 4 12,058 80.6% 64.0%
Reading 5 25,176 75.5% 59.8%
Sharon 6 6,010 81.4% 64.9%
Wellesley 7 28,858 78.0% 54.6%
Northborough 8 6,613 73.2% 55.7%
Wilmington 9 22,907 83.8% 59.5%
Marblehead 10 20,163 73.6% 62.0%
Bliss Corner 11 5,908 60.5% 51.7%
Hingham 12 5,199 76.6% 62.0%
Newton 13 86,945 66.7% 55.2%
Lexington 14 32,306 77.6% 63.7%
Swampscott 15 13,912 74.6% 59.4%
Walpole 16 5,910 77.8% 53.4%
Melrose 17 27,509 64.8% 57.2%
Pinehurst 18 7,452 95.6% 56.7%
Cochituate 19 6,637 80.9% 64.5%
Belmont 20 25,173 57.8% 59.4%
Wakefield 21 25,835 70.1% 53.6%
Oxford 22 6,525 71.7% 52.0%
Franklin Town 23 32,393 76.8% 59.5%
Milton 24 27,204 76.7% 51.0%
Stoneham 25 21,611 63.9% 50.0%
Scituate 26 5,623 67.2% 53.3%
Arlington 27 43,728 58.6% 54.1%
Burlington 28 25,190 65.9% 57.3%
Danvers 29 27,075 64.7% 53.3%
Abington 30 16,081 67.9% 54.6%
Dedham 31 25,111 66.4% 52.4%
Medfield 32 5,964 76.5% 59.5%
Agawam Town 33 28,626 71.8% 50.8%
Peabody 34 51,868 61.2% 50.6%
Saugus 35 27,369 73.4% 51.7%
Hudson 36 15,212 66.9% 52.9%
West Concord 37 7,085 64.9% 50.9%
Kingston 38 6,103 69.9% 56.8%
Somerset 39 18,262 77.4% 52.3%
Braintree Town 40 36,543 68.6% 51.0%
Methuen Town 41 48,159 68.0% 51.8%
Holbrook 42 10,925 77.1% 52.9%
Woburn 43 38,826 58.0% 50.0%
Bellingham 44 5,055 74.0% 49.6%
West Yarmouth 45 5,882 35.4% 54.5%
Foxborough 46 5,013 44.2% 49.2%
Easthampton Town 47 16,066 55.7% 49.1%
Norwood 48 28,844 55.1% 49.0%
Maynard 49 10,314 65.3% 54.6%
Beverly 50 40,370 57.9% 46.0%
Amesbury Town 51 16,554 65.2% 49.8%
Newburyport 52 17,662 66.8% 52.1%
Adams 53 5,460 54.8% 47.6%
Brookline 54 59,016 45.2% 46.1%
Watertown Town 55 32,880 49.4% 47.0%
Westfield 56 41,371 63.0% 43.2%
Medford 57 56,981 54.7% 43.4%
Gloucester 58 29,237 54.6% 50.2%
Marlborough 59 39,141 52.4% 50.9%
Weymouth Town 60 54,815 64.0% 46.1%
Andover 61 8,953 53.3% 41.0%
Northampton 62 28,637 54.1% 35.7%
West Springfield Town 63 28,554 57.0% 43.7%
Whitinsville 64 6,478 53.3% 49.0%
Attleboro 65 43,774 59.3% 52.3%
Nantucket 66 7,787 25.7% 44.1%
Milford 67 25,422 59.0% 51.6%
Pittsfield 68 44,226 55.5% 40.4%
Winthrop Town 69 17,992 51.1% 48.3%
Chicopee 70 55,603 52.6% 42.3%
Barnstable Town 71 44,750 53.7% 50.1%
Framingham 72 69,900 53.8% 47.7%
Greenfield Town 73 17,484 52.3% 41.7%
East Falmouth 74 5,818 42.5% 58.2%
Waltham 75 61,908 45.8% 39.1%
South Yarmouth 76 11,482 48.1% 49.7%
Cambridge 77 106,844 33.2% 31.3%
Hull 78 10,324 60.9% 47.1%
Haverhill 79 61,769 57.5% 43.8%
Taunton 80 56,056 58.5% 43.9%
Palmer Town 81 12,155 61.7% 45.8%
Gardner 82 20,279 46.1% 42.0%
Randolph 83 33,135 65.3% 44.2%
Ware 84 5,816 49.8% 40.0%
Leominster 85 40,954 51.2% 47.6%
Mansfield Center 86 7,861 53.1% 42.9%
Southbridge Town 87 16,775 39.7% 41.4%
North Amherst 88 7,517 25.7% 19.2%
Plymouth 89 7,567 39.8% 38.5%
Amherst Center 90 19,543 34.3% 10.0%
Somerville 91 77,560 33.0% 32.5%
Clinton 92 7,488 40.7% 41.8%
North Adams 93 13,563 43.6% 36.6%
Quincy 94 92,920 45.0% 43.9%
Middleborough Center 95 7,432 43.5% 44.8%
Salem 96 42,321 45.7% 35.8%
Fitchburg 97 40,419 47.0% 40.0%
Worcester 98 182,511 39.8% 36.3%
Holyoke 99 40,079 37.4% 32.9%
Webster 100 12,135 37.3% 39.9%
Athol 101 8,340 54.2% 43.3%
Spencer 102 5,670 39.4% 46.1%
New Bedford 103 94,873 38.3% 36.6%
Springfield 104 153,836 43.5% 32.5%
Lynn 105 91,289 42.7% 38.3%
Lowell 106 108,491 41.0% 38.4%
Fall River 107 88,756 31.5% 38.1%
Revere 108 53,258 46.5% 40.3%
Everett 109 42,758 36.5% 41.0%
Lawrence 110 77,364 26.4% 34.8%
Boston 111 639,594 31.4% 28.6%
Malden 112 60,309 39.3% 44.8%
Bridgewater 113 8,374 36.7% 22.2%
Brockton 114 94,267 50.7% 37.9%
Chelsea 115 37,084 25.9% 33.1%