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Old 06-13-2018, 12:18 PM
 
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Not as much less as you might think. Also, property taxes are higher in Illinois.
North of 50% higher in Hinsdale
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:36 PM
 
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Just to let you know - Plymouth is NOT a great place to live. A lot of issues with addicts, from driving to home break-ins, not to mention the much higher taxes, water & sewer rates, the unbelievable high electric/gas utilities (much higher than the surrounding towns) and the very old (45 year old) nuclear plant right in the middle our coastline. This plant is to be closed but I will believe it when I see it.
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Old 06-13-2018, 02:19 PM
 
Location: RI, MA, VT, WI, IL, CA, IN (that one sucked), KY
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How the heck did Plymouth get involved with this thread?!?!!
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Old 06-13-2018, 02:23 PM
 
Location: New England
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If you could choose any Boston suburb, personally I'd stay away from Lawrence or Brockton.
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:17 PM
 
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^^ Good question

^Probably the best point made on this thread
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Old 06-13-2018, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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It is interesting what now qualifies as a Boston suburb. Originally a city/town had to border Boston (Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, Revere, Milton, Quincy, etc.) or be served by the MBTA (not MBTA Commuter rail) such as Watertown. As the MBTA expanded (Newton, Malden, etc.) those towns became suburbs. As the area expanded, those towns/cities within Rte 128 soon became Boston suburbs, ala Woburn, Waltham, Dedham, etc. Now any town/city within I495 is considered a Boston suburb. I say unless serviced by regular scheduled commuter rail, it is pushing it to say it is considered a Boston Suburb. Acton as an example.
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Old 06-13-2018, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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It is interesting what now qualifies as a Boston suburb. Originally a city/town had to border Boston (Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, Revere, Milton, Quincy, etc.) or be served by the MBTA (not MBTA Commuter rail) such as Watertown. As the MBTA expanded (Newton, Malden, etc.) those towns became suburbs. As the area expanded, those towns/cities within Rte 128 soon became Boston suburbs, ala Woburn, Waltham, Dedham, etc. Now any town/city within I495 is considered a Boston suburb. I say unless serviced by regular scheduled commuter rail, it is pushing it to say it is considered a Boston Suburb. Acton as an example.
Metro areas are typically defined at the county level and by commuting and employment patterns. In New England they actually do use towns, but the idea is the same.

And you might want to check your geography. Dedham has bordered Boston since 1912 and Acton has regular commuter rail service to North Station.
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Old 06-13-2018, 07:04 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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It is interesting what now qualifies as a Boston suburb. Originally a city/town had to border Boston (Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, Revere, Milton, Quincy, etc.) or be served by the MBTA (not MBTA Commuter rail) such as Watertown. As the MBTA expanded (Newton, Malden, etc.) those towns became suburbs. As the area expanded, those towns/cities within Rte 128 soon became Boston suburbs, ala Woburn, Waltham, Dedham, etc. Now any town/city within I495 is considered a Boston suburb. I say unless serviced by regular scheduled commuter rail, it is pushing it to say it is considered a Boston Suburb. Acton as an example.
This isn't something unique to Boston -- it's a phenomenon seen all over the country, in every city. You can get into all kinds of differing definitions about suburbs and exurbs, and statistical areas, media markets, etc. Population keeps increasing, so more people live in most countries. And more and more of the population lives in or near cities. There isn't the physical room to put everyone in the city, so people move further and further out, based on price and other factors. And then employers will move out to various suburbs, and there will emerge other centers of employment within a metro area.

I grew up in a suburb that was about 10 miles from the core city. Some people lived another 10 miles out, and that was considered living "really far out." And another 20 miles out? No one lived there. It was SO far away. But now, most of the people who lived where I grew up were priced out. Lots of people lived 20 miles out from the city, but even that became too expensive so lots of people moved 30 miles out. Now that 30 miles out is absolutely considered part of the metro area and people refer to it as "the suburbs."

And I've seen that the same thing happened in every city where I've lived.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:25 PM
 
Location: North Quabbin, MA
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I would pick the suburb where my job is, because commuting sucks, but oh wait I make $50k a year doing the work I love, and got into debt getting a master's degree to get here. The socially acceptable corners of the commonwealth cannot be my world anymore, so 40 miles outside of the 495 suburban edge it is, where "nobody" lives, except forgotten folk like mouth breathing Xennials who miscalculated REALLY BADLY, service industry workers and others pushed out here through certain sectors' wage stagnation and the relentless COL increases, living alongside generational poverty that has been here a while.

There is a caste of mole people lurking out there who can't choose any suburb yet many still have to commute to the suburbs to afford our lavish lifestyle splurges at Ocean State Job Lot. Their mud huts are generally somewhere in Worcester County, the Merrimack Valley, and Bristol County. Hi! Hope you all appreciate your privilege.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:39 PM
 
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Welp, another wildly off topic thread ready for pasture.
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