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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 23,455. Acton is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Acton offers residents a dense 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
23,455

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$559,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,373
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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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
    87.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    4.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    4.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    137.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    559.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    12.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    7%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    19%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    44%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    14%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Acton

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$133,713
National
$55,322
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Acton Reviews

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Quiet, suburban, safe, upper-middle class town, at least on the outside. Watch for subtle signs of racism; racism scandals are numerous in the high school, there are clusters of suicide. This town is slowly deteriorating. Most people only come for the school system, which although prepares us well for college, is toxic, overcompetitive, and cliquey. I have had eggs thrown at my house, slurs shouted at my family, with classmates shouting at us to leave the neighborhood because we are asian. I'm happy to be out.
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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.
Moved last year to Acton and I was not disappointed. Awesome schools, safe and very friendly neighborhoods. I have lived in many states before I moved to Boston area, and I can confidently say Acton is one the best places I have ever lived.