A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$509,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,228
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    24%
  • Own
    76%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    85
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    8
    41
  • Robbery
    4
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    259
    525
  • Theft
    662
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    30
    263

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$125,635
National
$53,889
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    45%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    14%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Acton Reviews

39 reviews
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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.
Review Acton
This area is great if you can afford it and know how to use its resources. There is an abundance of nature trails and conservation land around, and the school system consistently prepares kids well. There is generally a good community feel around here and people are friendly.

However, we also have opioid use issues in the town and surrounding area, and compared to other towns that are closer to Boston, Acton can often feel like "the sticks": you have to drive for half an hour sometimes to get somewhere worth hanging out.
The school system in Acton is one of the best in the state. They challenge students and encourage them to reach their potential. Being an affluent town, there is an imaginary line of demarcation between those who have money and those who are in the middle class. The town is very clicky and often excludes minorities.