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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 23,561. 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.
About Acton...
Population
23,561

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$572,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,377
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%
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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
    100.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    25.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    8.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    54.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    210.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    12.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    18%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    44%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    14%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    8%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Acton

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$137,910
National
$55,322
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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.
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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.