The 10 Most Boring Places In Massachusetts For 2023

The most boring places in Massachusetts are Haverhill and Brockton for 2023 based on Saturday Night Science.

There’s no denying it: there are plenty of places in Massachusetts that are downright beautiful and full of excitement.

Unfortunately, not all towns and cities in Bay State are so lucky.

Just like in all U.S. States, there are definitely some boring places within Massachusetts’s’ borders. You know the places where everyone has an AARP card and the most exciting thing they do all day is post a picture of their grandchild on Facebook.

Like Haverhill, for instance. In our latest analysis, we found that this city was the most boring city in all of Oklahoma according to Saturday Night Science. But don’t feel bad if you’re a resident of Haverhill. There are plenty of other boring, lackluster places in Massachusetts as well.

Here they are. Try not to jump out of your seat with excitement.

Don’t freak out, in fact, believe it not, a boring city is actually one a lot of people would like to call home.

Before you get all upset if your city’s name is on the list, rest assured that we didn’t use personal opinion when it comes to what classifies a city or town as “boring” or “exciting”. We crunched actual numbers to figure out which towns are statistically more boring.

Showing this data to you is the kind of thing that a real estate agent knows, but would never share.

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Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 10 Most Boring Places In Massachusetts For 2023

Haverhill, MA

Source: Wikipedia User Fletcher6 | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 67,093
Average Age: 38.5
% Married: 27.0%
More on Haverhill:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Brockton, MA

Source: Wikipedia User John Phelan | CC BY 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 104,216
Average Age: 35.7
% Married: 14.0%
More on Brockton:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Westfield, MA

Source: Wikipedia User UmassThrower | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 40,922
Average Age: 38.5
% Married: 26.0%
More on Westfield:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Fitchburg, MA

Source: Wikipedia User Nick Allen | CC BY-SA 4.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 41,796
Average Age: 37.1
% Married: 20.0%
More on Fitchburg:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Springfield, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 155,770
Average Age: 33.5
% Married: 12.0%
More on Springfield:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Taunton, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 59,076
Average Age: 39.8
% Married: 27.0%
More on Taunton:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Lawrence, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 87,798
Average Age: 32.2
% Married: 6.0%
More on Lawrence:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Holyoke, MA

Source: Wikipedia User John Phelan | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 38,480
Average Age: 36.5
% Married: 16.0%
More on Holyoke:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

New Bedford, MA

Source: Wikipedia User PenitentWhaler | CC BY-SA 4.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 100,309
Average Age: 36.5
% Married: 18.0%
More on New Bedford:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Attleboro, MA

Source: Wikipedia User Daniel Case | GFDL
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 46,146
Average Age: 39.7
% Married: 23.0%
More on Attleboro:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Methodology: How we determined the boring cities in the Bay State

You would present the following case to your friends if you were argueing with them at a bar about the most boring place to live in Massachusetts. And that’s why we call it Saturday Night Science.

Because our data speaks more truth than feelings.

To figure out how boring a place is, we factored in things we generally think make people exciting, and then we figure out which cities have the least number of those exciting people.

We used the U.S. American Community Census data to gather the information presented here. HSome of the things people tend to think of as making a city’s population boring include:

  • % of Population Over 25 (higher is more boring)
  • % of Married Household (higher is more boring)
  • Average Age (higher is more boring)
  • % of Households With Kids (higher is more boring)
  • Population density (lower is more boring)

Then, our algorithm generates a ranking for each place in these categories. After crunching the numbers, all of the cities ranked from most boring to most exciting.

For this ranking, we used every Massachusetts city with at least 13,000 residents. This keeps us from prejudicing our rankings by including very small pockets of retired people.

Grab your rocker and hold on.

We updated this article for 2023, and it’s our tenth time ranking the most boring cities in Massachusetts.

There You Have It – Now That You’re Asleep

On a ranking like this, there are usually no winners, but since Massachusetts isn’t necessarily the most boring state in the United States, the cities on this ranking can at least take solace that there are, in fact, more boring cities in the country.

If you’re also curious enough, here are the most exciting places in Massachusetts, according to science:

  1. Somerville
  2. Quincy
  3. Boston

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Detailed List Of The Most Boring Cities In Massachusetts For 2023

Rank City Population Average Age
1 Haverhill, MA 67,093 38.5
2 Brockton, MA 104,216 35.7
3 Westfield, MA 40,922 38.5
4 Fitchburg, MA 41,796 37.1
5 Springfield, MA 155,770 33.5
6 Taunton, MA 59,076 39.8
7 Lawrence, MA 87,798 32.2
8 Holyoke, MA 38,480 36.5
9 New Bedford, MA 100,309 36.5
10 Attleboro, MA 46,146 39.7
11 Lowell, MA 114,804 34.4
12 Lynn, MA 100,233 36.3
13 Newton, MA 88,647 40.9
14 Beverly, MA 42,448 40.4
15 North Adams, MA 13,024 44.2
16 Worcester, MA 203,867 34.4
17 Leominster, MA 43,478 41.6
18 Waltham, MA 64,655 33.8
19 Woburn, MA 40,967 39.7
20 Chelsea, MA 40,025 33.6
21 Marlborough, MA 41,505 39.2
22 Fall River, MA 93,339 39.4
23 Northampton, MA 29,379 41.0
24 Everett, MA 48,368 35.7
25 Gardner, MA 21,183 44.3
26 Newburyport, MA 18,282 46.4
27 Chicopee, MA 55,636 41.1
28 Malden, MA 65,602 34.9
29 Gloucester, MA 29,814 50.2
30 Melrose, MA 29,567 42.1
31 Pittsfield, MA 43,890 44.6
32 Peabody, MA 54,200 46.5
33 Salem, MA 44,452 37.6
34 Medford, MA 60,708 35.7
35 Revere, MA 60,720 39.4
36 Cambridge, MA 116,892 30.5
37 Boston, MA 672,814 32.6
38 Quincy, MA 100,544 38.3
39 Somerville, MA 80,608 31.8
About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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3 thoughts on “The 10 Most Boring Places In Massachusetts For 2023

  1. Lexington, Gloucester and Barnstable aren’t boring at all. Lexington has a great history and very nice houses. Gloucester has nice beaches and lighthouses. They also have Stage Fort Park and the Hammond Castle. Barnstable includes the village of Hyannis, which is a great tourist destination. It’s also on cape cod, and surrounded by water on two sides.

    1. I think it’s terrible that you’re stereotyping all old and married people as being boring.
      I’m married and I’m not boring at all and I know plenty of old people that I boring either or sickly.
      I think the people that did this survey and probably young single people who don’t have a clue about much in life.

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