These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Massachusetts


We used science and data to determine which places in Massachusetts are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Massachusetts?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Massachusetts – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which Massachusetts cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Bay State:

  1. Chelsea (Photos)
  2. Brockton (Photos)
  3. Bridgewater (Photos)
  4. Malden (Photos)
  5. Boston (Photos)
  6. Lawrence (Photos)
  7. Everett (Photos)
  8. Revere (Photos)
  9. Fall River (Photos)
  10. Lowell (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, Longmeadow is the happiest place in Massachusetts.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Massachusetts

In order to rank the unhappiest places in Massachusetts, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 places in Massachusetts with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 128 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In Massachusetts’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.

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1. Chelsea

Chelsea, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,084
People Who Own Their Home: 25.93%
Married Adults: 33.06%

2. Brockton

Brockton, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 94,267
People Who Own Their Home: 50.66%
Married Adults: 37.92%

3. Bridgewater

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,374
People Who Own Their Home: 36.7%
Married Adults: 22.16%

4. Malden

Malden, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,309
People Who Own Their Home: 39.28%
Married Adults: 44.81%

5. Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 639,594
People Who Own Their Home: 31.36%
Married Adults: 28.64%

6. Lawrence

Lawrence, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 77,364
People Who Own Their Home: 26.4%
Married Adults: 34.83%

7. Everett

Everett, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,758
People Who Own Their Home: 36.46%
Married Adults: 40.98%

8. Revere

Revere, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 53,258
People Who Own Their Home: 46.49%
Married Adults: 40.26%

9. Fall River

Fall River, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 88,756
People Who Own Their Home: 31.52%
Married Adults: 38.07%

10. Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 108,491
People Who Own Their Home: 41.02%
Married Adults: 38.39%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Massachusetts

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Chelsea 1 25.93%
Brockton 2 50.66%
Bridgewater 3 36.7%
Malden 4 39.28%
Boston 5 31.36%
Lawrence 6 26.4%
Everett 7 36.46%
Revere 8 46.49%
Fall River 9 31.52%
Lowell 10 41.02%
Lynn 11 42.67%
Springfield 12 43.46%
New Bedford 13 38.26%
Spencer 14 39.4%
Athol 15 54.18%
Webster 16 37.25%
Salisbury 17 42.24%
Holyoke 18 37.37%
Worcester 19 39.76%
Fitchburg 20 47.05%
Salem 21 45.72%
Middleborough Center 22 43.47%
Quincy 23 44.99%
North Adams 24 43.57%
Clinton 25 40.73%
Somerville 26 32.97%
Amherst Center 27 34.31%
Plymouth 28 39.85%
North Amherst 29 25.68%
Southbridge Town 30 39.68%
Mansfield Center 31 53.14%
Orange 32 53.76%
Leominster 33 51.23%
Ware 34 49.77%
Randolph 35 65.33%
Gardner 36 46.12%
Palmer Town 37 61.7%
Taunton 38 58.48%
Haverhill 39 57.55%
Hull 40 60.88%
Cambridge 41 33.23%
South Yarmouth 42 48.07%
Waltham 43 45.77%
East Falmouth 44 42.54%
Upton 45 63.62%
Greenfield Town 46 52.34%
Framingham 47 53.84%
Falmouth 48 30.65%
Barnstable Town 49 53.67%
Chicopee 50 52.58%
Winthrop Town 51 51.08%
Pittsfield 52 55.46%
Milford 53 58.99%
Nantucket 54 25.68%
Attleboro 55 59.32%
Whitinsville 56 53.26%
West Springfield Town 57 56.97%
Northampton 58 54.09%
Andover 59 53.32%
Weymouth Town 60 64.03%
Marlborough 61 52.37%
Gloucester 62 54.63%
Medford 63 54.68%
Westfield 64 62.98%
Marshfield 65 62.17%
Watertown Town 66 49.35%
Rockport 67 44.34%
Brookline 68 45.21%
Adams 69 54.82%
Newburyport 70 66.78%
Amesbury Town 71 65.17%
Beverly 72 57.9%
Maynard 73 65.26%
Norwood 74 55.09%
Easthampton Town 75 55.66%
Foxborough 76 44.22%
West Yarmouth 77 35.39%
Bellingham 78 74.0%
Woburn 79 58.01%
Holbrook 80 77.13%
Methuen Town 81 68.0%
Braintree Town 82 68.57%
Somerset 83 77.36%
Kingston 84 69.9%
West Concord 85 64.91%
Hudson 86 66.9%
Saugus 87 73.44%
Peabody 88 61.16%
Agawam Town 89 71.8%
Williamstown 90 50.2%
Medfield 91 76.48%
Dedham 92 66.37%
North Scituate 93 78.58%
Abington 94 67.87%
Rutland 95 73.27%
Danvers 96 64.66%
Sandwich 97 64.12%
Burlington 98 65.87%
Arlington 99 58.59%
Scituate 100 67.19%
Stoneham 101 63.87%
Milton 102 76.73%
Franklin Town 103 76.76%
Oxford 104 71.7%
Smith Mills 105 67.01%
Wakefield 106 70.14%
Belmont 107 57.85%
Cochituate 108 80.91%
Pinehurst 109 95.62%
Melrose 110 64.83%
Walpole 111 77.83%
Swampscott 112 74.63%
Lexington 113 77.63%
Newton 114 66.71%
Hingham 115 76.59%
Bliss Corner 116 60.53%
Forestdale 117 71.89%
Marblehead 118 73.6%
Dover 119 87.96%
Wilmington 120 83.81%
Northborough 121 73.17%
Wellesley 122 77.99%
Sharon 123 81.44%
Reading 124 75.46%
Lynnfield 125 80.6%
Needham 126 80.23%
Winchester 127 80.39%
Longmeadow 128 86.63%

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