2016 Best Suburbs to Live in Boston Metro

Explore the best suburbs to live in the U.S. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other sources.

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  1. 1

    Cambridge

    • City in Massachusetts
    • 5 reviews
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    Brookline

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 79 reviews
    Niche User:I live in a very safe neighborhood in the Greater Boston Area. I feel very comfortable around strangers, and would feel fine walking at night alone. Other areas of Boston do not give me this same feeling, but that's only in some pockets of the city. For instance, my graduate program is located on the West Roxbury line, and I feel a little bit uncomfortable walking there at night.

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  3. 4

    Wellesley

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 15 reviews
    Niche User:If you take a look at the police log in the Wellesley Townsman, the stories that are posted are always mocked and immitated. They might as well not even have a police log because crime rarely occurs around here.

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  4. 5

    Acton Town

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 36 reviews
    Niche User:I feel very safe in this area and very rarely do I hear of crimes going on. The police are very visible and sometimes even too involved, but it certainly makes for a safe feeling.

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  5. 6

    Weston Town

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 11 reviews
    Niche User:Weston is a great town. Though small in size, the families that make it up form a tight knit community that has one of the top public schools in the state and a beautiful area within it and surrounding it.

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  6. 7

    Newton

    • Town in Massachusetts
    • 8 reviews
  7. 8

    Natick Town

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 27 reviews
  8. 9

    Belmont

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 17 reviews
  9. 10

    Portsmouth

    • Suburb in New Hampshire
    • 11 reviews
  10. 11

    Lexington

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 44 reviews
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    Sudbury Town

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 8 reviews
    Niche User:Sudbury is one of the prettiest areas in greater Boston with immense history, lush open green spaces, and many conveniences for daily living. Sudbury has been ranked as the safest town in MA! The populous is well educated, friendly, and involved in the community. The schools are outstanding. The majority of kids and parents are very much down to earth. We are very fortunate to call Sudbury home.

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  12. 13

    Boxborough Town

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
  13. 14

    Milton

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 57 reviews
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    Wayland Town

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 2 reviews
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    Westwood Town

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 31 reviews
  16. 17

    Dover

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 7 reviews
    Niche User:The police report published in the town newspaper consists only of residents with lost pets or someone notifying the police of a car crash. It is very rare for an actual crime to occur in Dover.

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    Westford Town

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 46 reviews
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    Watertown Town

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 42 reviews
    Niche User:Coming from the city, moving to Watertown was a great change of pace. It's quiet, safe, friendly, but centrally located. I'm right near the square with bus connections, but I am also a 10 minute drive to Harvard Square. I love it.

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  19. 20

    Winchester

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 27 reviews
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    Needham

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 28 reviews
    Niche User:Needham, being a very wealthy town, has a very low crime rate. I feel completely safe walking alone by myself at night, and police officers are constantly patrolling the streets to look out for any sort of crime. The only crimes that ever occur in this town are very minor; vandalism, speeding, etc.

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  21. 22

    Hamilton Town

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 5 reviews
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    Arlington

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 26 reviews
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    Norwood

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 26 reviews
    Niche User:The cost of living around Boston is expensive. I'm lucky I'm getting a good deal on rent otherwise It'd be awful. There are always different things to do if you search for it however most of them cost money!

    Friends are great in the area as well as the education opportunities are fantastic in New England.

    I'm not planning on living here forever but I do plan to stick around awhile!

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    Bedford Town

    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 9 reviews