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
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$289,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$924
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    322
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    62
    41
  • Robbery
    12
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    359
    525
  • Theft
    866
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    25
    263

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$74,659
National
$53,889
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

    Ayer Reviews

    27 reviews
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    There isn't always much to do here, but I love this town. I believe the Ayer fire and police departments are some of the best around. Our town is one of the only in the area to have our own ambulances and every firefighter is also an EMT. Quick access to the highways and a beautiful library and court house. Fort Devens is just a few minutes away which is full of industrial job opportunities and beautiful areas to ride bikes. There is also a State Police Barracks on Devens.
    Review Ayer
    LIVING IN SUCH A SMALL TOWN, THE SENSE OF COMMUNITY IS VERY STRONG. EVERYONE KNOWS EVERYONE AND WE TEND TO BAND TOGETHER TIGHTLY DURING HARDSHIPS. WE HAVE SO MANY SMALL BUSINESSES AND FAMILY OWNED RESTAURANTS AND STORES. THE WHOLE COMMUNITY IS SO SUPPORTIVE.
    Small charming town, with nice country feel, wonderful rent prices and safe town to live. The neighboring town Devens has large fields that are perfect for a picnic or an evening walk.