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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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Chelmsford is a suburb of Boston with a population of 35,067. Chelmsford is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Chelmsford offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Chelmsford there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Chelmsford and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Chelmsford are highly rated.
About Chelmsford...
Population
35,067

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$368,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,306
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    17%
  • Own
    83%
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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
    104.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    8.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    14.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    135.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,183.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    65
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Chelmsford

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$106,432
National
$55,322
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Chelmsford Reviews

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I love Chelmsford because of the family feel. I like how much space there is compared to the city. I love the people and how genuinely nice they are. Chelmsford offers a ton of things to do for kids and adults alike. I gave 4 stars because Chelmsford doesn’t have much going on for young adults (early 20’s). Also, Chelmsford doesn’t have very good restaurants. Other than that, its a beautiful place to live!
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I enjoy Chelmsford, have always liked the small quaint feel of it, the fact there are so many things you can walk to from your home and feel safe about doing so. I like that it's still the same as it's always been and yet also a little different. The big building with the black roof that was in Chelmsford Center is no longer there, Stop and Shop and Marshalls are also gone but were replaced with a brand new CVS building and a good strip mall. The old Railroad tracks being turned into a walking trail was a great idea! Going to Sullys in the Summertime has always been a favorite past time of mine. Also like how Chelmsford has so many neighboring towns no more than a 20 minute drive away from the furthest one. I wouldn't change much about this town at all.
Born & raised - it's that large town of opportunity with that small town feel. Conveniently located next to Lowell, 30 miles north of Boston, 45 minutes from the NH seacoast, and an hour from the NH lakes. It's the place to be!