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  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
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    C-
Barre is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 5,491. Barre is in Worcester County. Living in Barre offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Barre there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Barre and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Barre are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$222,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$966
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban Rural Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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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
    529.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    18.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    164.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    383.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    36.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    21%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    37%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Barre

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$69,432
National
$55,322
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Barre Reviews

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Barre is a small town. At one time it was a friendly town where everyone knew and spoke to each other. Today, it still has a small town feel, but the friendliness has dwindled. There is one small grocery store, one independent pharmacy, one gas station, and two banks. The young parents in town are trying to create activities for the children, and build a town that will offer more opportunities for those who choose to live there.
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Barre's great if you like small towns, but it's 45 minutes away from the nearest city so it's hard finding anything to do. Lots of farms surrounding it, a couple pizza places, churches and a few gas stations are all there is.
Barre is a great little town in western Massachusetts, but there is not much there. It is great for a commute to work or school because it is so small, and very family friendly with many family owned restaurants and a quality school system.