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Old 11-21-2010, 03:45 PM
Location: Edison, NJ
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We are thinking of relocating to MA from NJ and we are still considering various areas. We have been to Essex County and quite enjoyed the sights and towns we saw (Gloucester, Ipswich, Essex, Beverly, Wenham, Boxford, Topsfield) and we will be going up to MA again next year. We are thinking of Plymouth County. Can anyone give us any idea of differences between these counties? Best, worst? Just basic comparisons.

We are looking for older homes, which I'm sure will not be hard to find. We hate new construction (McMansions, anything built between 1980-present) We are both in healthcare so jobs I'm sure won't be a problem.

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Old 11-21-2010, 06:47 PM
Location: Massachusetts
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You can't really compare counties in Massachusetts, you have to look at individual towns within each county. It sounds like you are trying to compare the North Shore vs. the South Shore. On the South Shore, there are several coastal towns that I'm sure you'd find very desirable. You'd need to know where your prospective employment is, before we could make suggestions
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:27 PM
Location: North of Boston
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We are both in healthcare so jobs I'm sure won't be a problem.

You might want to rethink that. Healthcare hiring has really dried up in the Boston area, even nurses are getting laid off.
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Old 11-23-2010, 12:51 PM
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But we've had a few threads comparing north shore to south shore, which is a similar kind of regional comparison, so you might check those threads. I'd say Essex County has old-money enclaves and more walkable towns. The Plymouth area has more open land, fewer cities (really, no cities within Plymouth County but some in Bristol on the south coast), more agriculture (cranberry bogs in particular), less prestige, and less cost.
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