Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsA+
- Crime & SafetyB-
- Good for FamiliesA+
- Cost of LivingC+
- Health & FitnessA
- Outdoor ActivitiesA
Acton is a suburb of Boston with a population of 23,561. 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.
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Working in Acton
The systems are great; this is reason I initially moved here. There are plenty of trials. Many activities to get involved, and with many nearby towns, there are plenty of jobs for teenagers, etc! Overall great, wholesome, family friendly place.
I would encourage people considering moving to Acton to frequent public spaces repeatedly to determine if it’s the right fit. Ultimately, after several years, we moved. It slowly became somewhat diverse by the time we left, but the overt racism, unnecessary competition among parents & students, town workers actively working against residents’ interests, and overall unfriendliness was simply too much. We found a welcoming community nearby— great schools, less drama.
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.