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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  12. Commute
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Framingham is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 71,649. Framingham is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Framingham offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Framingham there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, 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
71,649

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$384,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,359
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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Framingham Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    295.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    29
    40.7
  • Robbery
    24.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    169.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    875.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    85.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 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
$79,136
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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It's alright, I have lived here my whole life and really have grown to see some interesting things. I love my city but there is just so much bad stuff going on around here, its pretty concerning. But I love Framingham regardless!
Framingham seems to be going down hill in the past few years. Real estate has become very hard for middle income families to afford. Many family businesses have been bankrupted and chains only survive. the traffic has become very hard to get across town at certain times. We recently became a city which no one knows for sure if it is for a good effect or not. I do love my area which is close to the border of a neighboring town. It is quiet, we feel safe, although you need to lock your car doors or else some people walking on the street will take the cash from your wallet, it has happened many times. I like he hours for schools for my children. They have choice choosing for the school you want to send your child. We have many food places to choose from, many supermarkets many stores for retail shopping. There are few things to do for entertainment but many parks for children that are beautiful.