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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Lowell is a suburb of Boston with a population of 111,249. Lowell is in Middlesex County. Living in Lowell offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Lowell there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Lowell and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Lowell are above average.
About Lowell...
Population
111,249

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$251,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,111
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%
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Lowell Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    205.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    21.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    93.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    316.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,024.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    193.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    14%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%

Working in Lowell

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$51,987
National
$55,322
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Firstly, here in Massachusetts, Lowell has a VERY good education system that emphasizes Math, Science and English courses across all Middlesex county institutions. The Lowell Folk Festival is the Highlight of the year for me, because 300,000+ people from inside and outside the country travel to Downtown Lowell to buy souvenirs, get the know the residents, enjoy a variety of cuisines, and learn about the historical monuments of the Mill City! This celebration lasts a full weekend each summer and is packed with excitement! Many tourists bring a little extra cash to feel the Lowellian spirit.

The city is working on improving housing and safety for all. For those who are homeless there are programs and shelters to aide their living situations and get them back on track. I would like to see more seating areas at the bus stops in my city because I notice a lot of disabled and elderly people who wait on public transportation.
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My parents grew up in Lowell, and we moved here when I was in the fourth grade. I love having the ability to connect with neighbors, get to know shop owners, and walk or bike to main streets where the action is. I had never lived in a city before, and I found myself amazed at the immense connectivity it brings. Corner stores and fast food establishments know my name and my order. We Lowellians unite in the face of adversity and are always there for members of our community who are in need. However, like most communities, there are improvements that could be made. The homelessness epidemic has impacted Lowell, and the number of people who wander the streets is staggering. The crime that plagues certain areas of this city needs to be dealt with. Our infrastructure is falling apart, and our schools and local government need more funds and less bureaucracy. The people of Lowell would rally behind these changes and understand the astounding difference they would make.
There aren't a lot of job opportunities or nightlife in Lowell. It's very common to come across the unfortunate without a home every day, especially downtown. While the city is relatively safe, I wouldn't call it family friendly since heroin use is also very common. We don't have a lot of houses up for sale, but a lot of danger buildings that are structurally unsound, or marked as unsafe for human habitation. New, local businesses close down within a year of opening because the city taxes them like crazy. Our main rival, Nashua in New Hampshire, has everything we don't, for their economics have been much better than ours for many years.