Ashby

14 reviews
  1. Suburb of Boston, MA
C+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Real Estate
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    C
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B-
Suburb of
Boston

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$236,700
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$1,279
National
$904
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    11%
  • Own
    89%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    158
    264
  • Murder
    0
    5
  • Rape
    No Data
    37
  • Robbery
    32
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    726
    575
  • Theft
    568
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    63
    257

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$83,917
National
$53,046
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    14%

    Reviews

    14 reviews
    • Excellent
      1
    • Very Good
      4
    • Average
      6
    • Poor
      2
    • Terrible
      1
    People are constantly running in the morning, walking the dog, farming or doing work around the house. We all stay active here, even though there are no indoor workout facilities. We have the great outdoors!

    The closets hospitals are 30 minutes away optionally in two different towns. Most go to Heywood Hospital in Gardner.

    Most people do drink in this area, and it varies per person what and how much.
    • Niche User
    • July 18 2014
    The land is mixed with rocks or clay, but the soil still produces amazing veggies; just difficult to farm. The houses reflect the land that way. Nice properties with some questionable houses. Small town atmosphere even though our town line is 3 times larger than the surrounding areas. Hikers, fisherman and bicyclists frequent our town. The water pipework is so old and outdated, its expensive to build any establishment here. The farther you are from the center of town, the worst your road is as far as potholes. We have significant ice heaves and a small road crew.

    The nearest large brand grocery store is 20 minutes away in the unnecessarily ghetto town of Fitchburg. Hazardous traffic and personal safety is in danger there. A lot of people choose to drive 30 minutes up north to Rindge/Jaffery area for their large grocery store and walmart.
    • Niche User
    • July 17 2014
    Being a large farm town, its impossible to light the streets besides main street. Their is almost no crime from our citizens but the surrounding towns occasionally come here to commit whatever crime. The local market had gone 24 years without a robbery till last year actually; and the perp was from Fitchburg it turns out. Our police have actually grown in numbers nicely but the facility is an awfully small trailer, parked behind the town hall. I wish we could get enough money to build something for them. There is also a rumor of methheads living in the area, but they don't do anything to impact the community for any one to know for sure. Besides that, the only thing you need to watch out for is coyotes and bears at night.
    • Niche User
    • July 18 2014