These Are The 10 Cities In Massachusetts With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Massachusetts with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Massachusetts for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Bay State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Melrose(Jobs)
  2. Newton(Jobs)
  3. Cambridge(Jobs)
  4. Marlborough(Jobs)
  5. Somerville(Jobs)
  6. Peabody(Jobs)
  7. Amesbury Town(Jobs)
  8. Medford(Jobs)
  9. Agawam Town(Jobs)
  10. Waltham(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Melrose takes the cake as the place in Massachusetts with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Massachusetts that have the most robust job force.

Or for more Massachusetts job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Massachusetts With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Massachusetts’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 12,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 53 places in Massachusetts.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 53 with one being the “most employed city in Massachusetts”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Melrose

Melrose, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,509
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Melrose comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 4.4 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Newton

Newton, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 86,945
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Newton doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Cambridge

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 106,844
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Cambridge, earning the bronze medal with a score of 5.0 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Marlborough

Marlborough, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,141
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Marlborough. With a population of 39141 residents, Marlborough is a solid place to move in Massachusetts if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Somerville

Somerville, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 77,560
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Somerville. Numbering around 77560 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 5.5%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Peabody

Peabody, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,868
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
The city of Peabody is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Amesbury Town

Amesbury Town, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,554
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Amesbury Town. With a unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Medford

Medford, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,981
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Coming in at #8, Medford has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Massachusetts’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Agawam Town

Source: Google Maps

Population: 28,626
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Agawam Town, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Waltham

Waltham, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 61,908
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Waltham, Massachusetts. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 53.

Waltham’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Massachusetts

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Massachusetts with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Fall River
  2. Springfield
  3. Holyoke

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Massachusetts

City Rank Unemployment
Melrose 1 4.4%
Newton 2 4.5%
Cambridge 3 5.0%
Marlborough 4 5.3%
Somerville 5 5.5%
Peabody 6 5.7%
Amesbury Town 7 5.8%
Medford 8 5.8%
Agawam Town 9 5.9%
Waltham 10 6.1%
Franklin Town 11 6.5%
Woburn 12 6.6%
Greenfield Town 13 6.6%
Beverly 14 6.7%
Braintree Town 15 6.8%
Newburyport 16 6.8%
Winthrop Town 17 7.0%
Easthampton Town 18 7.2%
Barnstable Town 19 7.2%
Watertown Town 20 7.4%
Salem 21 7.7%
Attleboro 22 7.7%
Quincy 23 7.9%
Methuen Town 24 7.9%
Northampton 25 8.1%
Boston 26 8.7%
Weymouth Town 27 8.7%
Revere 28 8.8%
Haverhill 29 8.8%
Everett 30 8.9%
Westfield 31 8.9%
Taunton 32 8.9%
Lynn 33 9.1%
Gloucester 34 9.1%
Leominster 35 9.2%
Chelsea 36 9.4%
Palmer Town 37 9.8%
Malden 38 9.8%
Southbridge Town 39 9.9%
Worcester 40 9.9%
North Adams 41 10.0%
Chicopee 42 10.0%
Gardner 43 10.1%
West Springfield Town 44 10.6%
Pittsfield 45 10.9%
Lowell 46 11.1%
New Bedford 47 11.2%
Brockton 48 12.1%
Fitchburg 49 12.6%
Lawrence 50 13.1%
Holyoke 51 13.2%
Springfield 52 13.3%
Fall River 53 13.3%
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