B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$239,100
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,286
National
$928
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    12%
  • Own
    88%

Ashby Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    158
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    32
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    726
    1
  • Theft
    568
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    63
    0

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$82,019
National
$53,889
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    38%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
Places like Ashby
  • B-
    Barre
    • Town in Massachusetts
    • 2 reviews
  • B-
    Roxbury
    • Town in New Hampshire
  • B-
    Pelham
    • Suburb in New Hampshire
    • 30 reviews
  • B-
    Winchendon
    • Town in Massachusetts
    • 32 reviews
More

Ashby Reviews

14 reviews
All Categories
People are constantly running in the morning, walking the dog, farming or doing work around the house. We all stay active here, even though there are no indoor workout facilities. We have the great outdoors!

The closets hospitals are 30 minutes away optionally in two different towns. Most go to Heywood Hospital in Gardner.

Most people do drink in this area, and it varies per person what and how much.
Review Ashby
The land is mixed with rocks or clay, but the soil still produces amazing veggies; just difficult to farm. The houses reflect the land that way. Nice properties with some questionable houses. Small town atmosphere even though our town line is 3 times larger than the surrounding areas. Hikers, fisherman and bicyclists frequent our town. The water pipework is so old and outdated, its expensive to build any establishment here. The farther you are from the center of town, the worst your road is as far as potholes. We have significant ice heaves and a small road crew.

The nearest large brand grocery store is 20 minutes away in the unnecessarily ghetto town of Fitchburg. Hazardous traffic and personal safety is in danger there. A lot of people choose to drive 30 minutes up north to Rindge/Jaffery area for their large grocery store and walmart.
Being a large farm town, its impossible to light the streets besides main street. Their is almost no crime from our citizens but the surrounding towns occasionally come here to commit whatever crime. The local market had gone 24 years without a robbery till last year actually; and the perp was from Fitchburg it turns out. Our police have actually grown in numbers nicely but the facility is an awfully small trailer, parked behind the town hall. I wish we could get enough money to build something for them. There is also a rumor of methheads living in the area, but they don't do anything to impact the community for any one to know for sure. Besides that, the only thing you need to watch out for is coyotes and bears at night.