These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Massachusetts For 2019


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in Massachusetts are the pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for . This is our fourth time ranking the worst small places to live in Massachusetts.

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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 95 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:

So what is the worst small town to call home in Massachusetts for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Shelburne Falls is the worst small town to live in Massachusetts.

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.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Massachusetts or the worst places to live in Massachusetts.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

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 determined the worst small towns to live in Massachusetts for 2019

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census’s 2013-2017 American Community Survey, 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 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 95 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.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

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5
/10

Population: 1,738
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $207,700 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (20th worst)
More on Shelburne Falls:  Data

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4
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Population: 4,044
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $148,500 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.0% (6th worst)
More on Orange:  Data

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3
/10

Population: 1,193
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $184,800 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.0% (6th worst)
More on Warren:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 3,379
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $172,200 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.0% (17th worst)
More on Winchendon:  Data

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5
/10

Population: 4,124
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $190,600 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.1% (10th worst)
More on Turners Falls:  Data

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5
/10

Population: 1,921
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $213,800 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.0% (12th worst)
More on Monson Center:  Data

West Wareham, MA

Source: Wikipedia
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5
/10

Population: 2,832
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $158,300 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.2% (8th worst)
More on West Wareham:  Data | Photos

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5
/10

Population: 1,234
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 10)
Median Home Value: $186,100 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.2% (8th worst)
More on Millers Falls:  Data

South Dennis, MA

Source: Wikipedia
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6
/10

Population: 3,635
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $276,700 (38th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.0% (17th worst)
More on South Dennis:  Data | Photos

Groton, MA

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5
/10

Population: 1,188
Rank Last Year: 56 (Up 46)
Median Home Value: $333,800 (57th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.2% (2nd worst)
More on Groton:  Data | Photos

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:

  1. Duxbury (Pop. 1,426)
  2. Nahant (Pop. 3,488)
  3. Topsfield (Pop. 3,407)

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Massachusetts

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Shelburne Falls 1,738 8.4% $207,700
2 Orange 4,044 12.0% $148,500
3 Warren 1,193 12.0% $184,800
4 Winchendon 3,379 9.0% $172,200
5 Turners Falls 4,124 10.1% $190,600
6 Monson Center 1,921 10.0% $213,800
7 West Wareham 2,832 11.2% $158,300
8 Millers Falls 1,234 11.2% $186,100
9 South Dennis 3,635 9.0% $276,700
10 Groton 1,188 13.2% $333,800
11 Pepperell 2,538 10.1% $277,500
12 Devens 1,776 8.4% $282,500
13 Shirley 1,470 6.4% $252,900
14 North Plymouth 3,779 6.3% $304,200
15 Lee 1,739 4.6% $222,300
16 Holland 1,329 6.1% $185,400
17 Bliss Corner 4,852 6.7% $259,900
18 Smith Mills 4,608 6.3% $272,700
19 Northfield 1,201 8.1% $261,400
20 Ocean Grove 2,726 12.5% $219,100
21 White Island Shores 2,166 7.0% $235,000
22 West Dennis 2,308 8.4% $413,700
23 Acushnet Center 2,904 5.6% $232,300
24 East Brookfield 1,167 6.0% $224,700
25 North Eastham 1,447 5.5% $451,500
26 North Seekonk 2,811 12.4% $256,800
27 Provincetown 2,581 9.8% $525,400
28 Belchertown 2,955 6.7% $242,400
29 East Dennis 2,494 8.1% $458,100
30 West Brookfield 1,178 5.1% $210,300
31 Great Barrington 2,438 4.3% $315,400
32 East Pepperell 1,636 7.6% $262,200
33 Chatham 1,373 5.6% $690,300
34 Weweantic 1,752 2.6% $249,200
35 Orleans 1,867 5.2% $432,500
36 North Lakeville 2,701 3.5% $328,100
37 West Chatham 1,347 2.7% $572,700
38 Ipswich 4,077 6.6% $384,900
39 Norton Center 2,892 6.8% $327,300
40 Baldwinville 2,008 4.5% $189,600
41 Williamstown 4,229 6.5% $328,500
42 Dennis Port 3,187 5.3% $329,300
43 Ayer 2,679 4.2% $268,100
44 Wareham Center 3,626 3.6% $243,000
45 North Brookfield 2,226 5.2% $250,700
46 Buzzards Bay 3,451 6.2% $268,200
47 Northwest Harwich 4,057 5.4% $384,200
48 South Lancaster 1,838 8.3% $275,000
49 Lunenburg 1,955 9.2% $239,800
50 Lenox 1,905 7.4% $339,100
51 Raynham Center 4,538 4.6% $338,800
52 Sandwich 2,972 5.5% $355,700
53 Marion Center 1,195 15.1% $592,400
54 North Westport 4,902 5.6% $289,100
55 Marshfield 4,744 6.2% $388,600
56 Sagamore 3,602 5.7% $372,400
57 Falmouth 3,619 2.8% $485,300
58 Dennis 2,368 5.1% $503,700
59 South Deerfield 1,580 0.0% $288,300
60 Rowley 1,702 12.3% $417,400
61 South Ashburnham 1,117 4.1% $170,700
62 Upton 2,792 9.6% $329,200
63 Vineyard Haven 1,821 3.2% $523,200
64 East Sandwich 3,642 6.3% $511,400
65 Townsend 1,459 2.7% $215,200
66 Sturbridge 2,439 2.7% $274,800
67 Brewster 1,885 3.6% $473,900
68 Barre 1,156 1.5% $202,300
69 Woods Hole 1,029 1.5% $763,000
70 Bourne 1,270 5.9% $384,500
71 Harwich Port 1,634 2.1% $434,200
72 Pocasset 2,901 3.0% $329,900
73 Harwich Center 1,351 3.8% $363,200
74 North Falmouth 2,810 8.3% $527,600
75 Yarmouth Port 4,950 1.8% $361,700
76 Rutland 2,184 3.7% $218,400
77 Marshfield Hills 2,465 4.8% $604,300
78 Fiskdale 2,742 1.0% $316,500
79 Littleton Common 3,212 4.8% $352,400
80 Monument Beach 3,097 1.2% $343,900
81 Essex 1,319 3.0% $485,100
82 Teaticket 1,484 5.3% $342,100
83 Hatfield 1,354 1.5% $297,900
84 Forestdale 4,450 3.8% $327,100
85 Westborough 4,013 2.8% $369,100
86 Hopedale 3,708 4.6% $290,500
87 Hopkinton 2,936 7.7% $432,600
88 East Douglas 2,675 2.8% $263,600
89 Hanson 1,674 4.1% $331,700
90 North Pembroke 2,926 3.3% $382,800
91 Mattapoisett Center 3,561 4.7% $460,300
92 The Pinehills 1,357 5.8% $589,800
93 Duxbury 1,426 8.3% $940,100
94 Nahant 3,488 2.4% $548,900
95 Topsfield 3,407 4.1% $545,700

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