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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Acton is a suburb of Boston with a population of 23,209. Acton is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Acton offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Acton there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in Acton and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Acton are highly rated.
About Acton...
Population
23,209

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$534,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,314
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    23%
  • Own
    77%
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Acton Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    88
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    4
    41
  • Robbery
    4
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    138
    500
  • Theft
    560
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    13
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$131,099
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    46%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    14%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%
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There's no denying that it is a privilege to grow up in Acton, given its incredible and well-deserved academic reputation. But you can't deny there are bad sides to this as well. Behind the good grades and college acceptances, there is a toxic environment of constant competition, and being a teenager in this town is absolutely horrible, especially for people who already have low self-esteem.
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Acton is a place very focused on competition. There is extreme competition in academics, sports, social life, everything really. The school system is very good in the sense of quality of what is being taught, however I've had some poor experiences at school given the amount of academic pressures. There isn't too much to do around town, but going into Boston doesn't take too long. Some of my favorite places around are the Acton Memorial Library and the Arboretum. Overall, Acton is OK.
A nice, quiet town with almost no crime at all. Many people only come for the school, though, because there is very little to this town beyond the high school. A lot of good restaurants, but nothing in the realm of entertainment; not even a movie theatre. I often find myself with nothing to do on the weekends and end up not leaving my house.
However, there is a lot of historical stuff here. It is where Captain Isaac Davis, the first officer killed in the Revolution, is from. There are many more resources in the library and town hall. Acton is also a great place to check out, support, or start up a small business. Nearly every store or restaurant is unique and independently owned, so a young entrepreneur would find themselves at home.