These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Massachusetts

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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Massachusetts. And here they are:

  1. Melrose
  2. Newton
  3. Franklin Town
  4. Amesbury Town
  5. Braintree Town
  6. Woburn
  7. Watertown Town
  8. Peabody
  9. Marlborough
  10. Medford

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Massachusetts

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Melrose

Melrose, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,509
Median Income: $86,409
Poverty Level: 2.7%
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%

2. Newton

Newton, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 86,945
Median Income: $118,639
Poverty Level: 5.0%
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

3. Franklin Town

Franklin Town, Massachusetts

Source: Flickr

Population: 32,393
Median Income: $101,980
Poverty Level: 3.6%
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%

4. Amesbury Town

Amesbury Town, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,554
Median Income: $76,463
Poverty Level: 4.6%
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%

5. Braintree Town

Braintree Town, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,543
Median Income: $87,500
Poverty Level: 4.1%
Unemployment Rate: 8.3%

6. Woburn

Woburn, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,826
Median Income: $77,883
Poverty Level: 5.1%
Unemployment Rate: 7.0%

7. Watertown Town

Watertown Town, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,880
Median Income: $86,461
Poverty Level: 6.7%
Unemployment Rate: 7.7%

8. Peabody

Peabody, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,868
Median Income: $62,234
Poverty Level: 6.8%
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%

9. Marlborough

Marlborough, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,141
Median Income: $71,424
Poverty Level: 7.2%
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%

10. Medford

Medford, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,981
Median Income: $77,868
Poverty Level: 10.2%
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Melrose and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Massachusetts

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Melrose $86,409 2.7% 4.8%
2 Newton $118,639 5.0% 5.7%
3 Franklin Town $101,980 3.6% 6.9%
4 Amesbury Town $76,463 4.6% 6.9%
5 Braintree Town $87,500 4.1% 8.3%
6 Woburn $77,883 5.1% 7.0%
7 Watertown Town $86,461 6.7% 7.7%
8 Peabody $62,234 6.8% 6.1%
9 Marlborough $71,424 7.2% 6.9%
10 Medford $77,868 10.2% 6.7%
11 Newburyport $83,149 7.3% 8.7%
12 Beverly $73,980 8.4% 7.0%
13 Waltham $73,162 10.7% 6.3%
14 Cambridge $75,909 15.1% 5.8%
15 Easthampton Town $56,927 8.0% 6.1%
16 Methuen Town $68,587 7.5% 8.0%
17 Agawam Town $63,561 8.6% 7.0%
18 Weymouth Town $69,099 6.3% 9.4%
19 Somerville $66,866 14.6% 6.5%
20 Attleboro $65,141 8.3% 8.8%
21 Winthrop Town $64,169 8.4% 8.9%
22 Quincy $62,710 8.9% 9.4%
23 Barnstable Town $58,933 12.8% 7.7%
24 Gloucester $60,229 9.1% 10.0%
25 Westfield $60,845 9.5% 9.5%
26 Haverhill $61,208 10.7% 9.1%
27 Northampton $58,179 15.4% 7.8%
28 Greenfield Town $48,493 14.0% 7.4%
29 Leominster $59,263 11.5% 10.1%
30 Salem $59,044 13.0% 9.5%
31 West Springfield Town $52,806 10.4% 10.5%
32 Taunton $52,225 11.8% 10.4%
33 Everett $51,056 12.9% 10.1%
34 Palmer Town $51,846 11.2% 10.6%
35 Chicopee $47,276 12.1% 10.1%
36 Revere $50,900 14.0% 10.4%
37 Boston $54,485 20.3% 10.0%
38 Malden $55,523 15.4% 11.0%
39 Pittsfield $43,489 15.4% 10.8%
40 Gardner $46,589 15.3% 11.3%
41 Lynn $47,195 16.8% 10.9%
42 Southbridge Town $42,376 16.5% 10.4%
43 Lowell $49,164 17.3% 11.5%
44 Chelsea $48,725 18.1% 11.2%
45 Worcester $46,105 20.2% 10.5%
46 Brockton $48,569 15.5% 13.6%
47 Fitchburg $46,628 18.1% 12.5%
48 North Adams $37,654 17.7% 11.7%
49 New Bedford $36,813 21.3% 12.2%
50 Lawrence $34,496 23.9% 13.5%
51 Holyoke $35,550 26.2% 14.4%
52 Fall River $33,763 21.3% 15.0%
53 Springfield $34,731 26.5% 15.4%