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Old 08-24-2009, 08:03 PM
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Looking for a city or town in the greater boston area with low crime ratings, average real estate (when compared to the rest of boston or the rest of mass). Just somewhere an educated middle class family could comfortably live without too much of a financial squeeze!
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:58 AM
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How do you define "without too much of a financial squeeze"? Under 600k? Under 500k? Under 300k?
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Old 08-28-2009, 12:46 PM
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Like Redpanda said, "middle class" is hard to define in Massachusetts. I'm pretty sure my "middle class" is most people's "low class!"

I stay at home with the kids (even though I have a bachelor's degree) and the husband is a blue collar worker. Living on one income is hard, but we manage fine. We recently bought in Weymouth from renting in Newton. Is it the fanciest town around, nah. Does it have the highest crime rate around, nah - but more so than neighboring Hingham, Norwell & Hanover. I do really like the community though. Neighbors and townspeople I've met have all been very nice and down-to-Earth.

You can get a small starter home in Weymouth in the high $200s-mid $300s. You can find bigger homes in the $400s and $500s. Property taxes are super low in Weymouth. There's a good deal of retail business and a fair amount of industry. There are a ton of programs for kids in Weymouth.

We also considered Dedham & Woburn. If your budget is more closer to $400K, I'd probably suggest places like Needham, Norwood, and Burlington.

Good Luck!
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Old 08-28-2009, 07:04 PM
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Yea in MA, it seems like middle class is really the lower class.
Inflated homes, but the people are no better off than a guy in affordable housing.
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