Most Americans have never been to Massachusetts. However, as the people who live there know, Massachusetts is an awesome state.
But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Massachusetts has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Bay State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.
After analyzing more than 14 of Massachusetts’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Massachusetts where you’d never want to live:
- Mashpee Neck
Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Massachusetts has its stuff figured out.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.
How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?
In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Massachusetts, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.
So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
How we crunched the numbers
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (The lower the worse)
- Highest Unemployment Rates
- Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
- Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
- Education (Number of high school dropouts)
- High Crime
We looked at cities with populations between 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 14 to be exact.
Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.
Population: 789 Median Income: $62,292
Median Home Value: $159,000
Population: 688 Median Income: $58,393
Median Home Value: $231,500
Population: 630 Median Income: $65,125
Median Home Value: $172,200
Population: 486 Median Income: $53,984
Median Home Value: $191,100
Population: 647 Median Income: $59,844
Median Home Value: $192,100
Population: 352 Median Income: $63,571
Median Home Value: $211,700
Population: 675 Median Income: $62,321
Median Home Value: $202,900
Population: 649 Median Income: $61,500
Median Home Value: $789,500
Population: 307 Median Income: $74,500
Median Home Value: $973,700
10. Mashpee Neck
Population: 877 Median Income: $72,344
Median Home Value: $340,200
There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In Massachusetts
If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Bay State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Massachusetts, according to science.
- Best: Seabrook
- 2nd Best: New Seabury
- 3rd Best: Siasconset
For more reading, check out:
Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Massachusetts