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  4. Nightlife
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  7. Jobs
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Framingham is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 71,232. Framingham is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Framingham offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Framingham there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many young professionals live in Framingham and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Framingham are above average.
About Framingham...
Population
71,232

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$371,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,289
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Framingham 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
    279
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    19
    41
  • Robbery
    28
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    183
    500
  • Theft
    761
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    93
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Framingham

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$73,182
National
$55,322
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Framingham Reviews

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Framingham is a thriving suburb-city with lots of shopping centers and a recently renovated downtown. Lots of small, good places to eat! Cushing-Memorial Park is also a great place to get out for a walk or run with kids and pets. With multiple schools, community events and quiet side streets, Framingham is good for families, but also interesting enough for younger people. Framingham State University is a solid state school that's been around since the early 20th century and has a fairly pretty campus. There's also a convenient commuter rail stop to Boston in downtown Framingham near the mini-auto mile on Waverly St. Only small complaint - the bus system (MWRTA) is young and not particularly reliable yet.
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Great diverse town! Schools are underrated -- such a diverse population means test scores are lower than some other towns, but the programs and teaching quality is fantastic. Lots of AP classes at the high school. Great elementary school programs, including 2-way bilingual programming. Decent commute to Boston, Worcester, Providence - and lots of jobs in the metro west area too. Good diversity of neighborhoods - urban, suburban, and rural - rentals and ownership. I have lived here for 25 years, raised three kids in the public schools and love it!
Framingham is a place I'm proud to call my hometown. In general, the public schools are staffed by dedicated teachers that shape students to succeed in the future. The town offers recreational activities year-round, including the tennis lessons I attended for several years growing up. It has two wonderful libraries that offer activities for children, and a YMCA with summer camps. There's also of course, the best reason for coming to Framingham: the family-owned and run J & M diner.