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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  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
    B-
Ayer is a suburb of Boston with a population of 8,014. Ayer is in Middlesex County. Living in Ayer offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Ayer there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Ayer and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Ayer are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$295,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$934
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Ayer 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
    363.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    24.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    48.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    121.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    606.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    109.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Ayer

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$78,762
National
$55,322

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Ayer Reviews

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I love living in an area with diverse and working class people. I feel that there is a sense of community solidarity especially in working to improve our town and in supporting local business. The downtown is very sweet and quaint with many restaurants and a wonderful fair trade coffee shop! We also have the best Korean restaurant around - Woo Jung!
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I have lived here ever since I was born and I have loved every single minute. There are a lot of nice people here that can help you out if you ever run into trouble. I have felt safe here every single time I drive or walk by. There are some good restaurants here that you can get good food and you can see some good looking buildings. If you are in the mood for pizza, then go on down to the cottage where you can get any pizza that you can think of. If you want to get your hair or nails done, then come on down to one of the town's salons.
Great small town and sense of community, excellent schools, and lots to offer. The schools are rationalized with the neighboring town of Shirley, creating an extended community. Central location makes it easy to get to Boston or Worcester in about 45 minutes or less.