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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 110,964. Lowell is in Middlesex County. Living in Lowell offers residents an urban 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
110,964

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$240,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,089
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%
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Lowell 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
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    147.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    11.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    129.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    425.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,231
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    318.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    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
$48,581
National
$55,322
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Lowell Reviews

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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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I've lived in Lowell all my life. I feel like as I get older it gets worse. I'll put my review into parts. Overview: Lowell is mid sized city. There are a lot of attractions and diversity. I think diversity is the highlight of the city. The city is fairly dirty, streets often having trash near sidewalks. Public schools: there are many schools to choose from though I would say from experience that few of them are decent. The highschool is overcrowded and old with multiple flaws in the building. There is the university which is big and has a lot of stores and restaurants for students. Crime: There is a decent amount of crime, a good majority of them being adolescents. Nightlife: There are a lot of bars, restaurants and shopping places to go to. My conclusion is that Lowell is a great place for some while it may not be for others. I would recommend Lowell to college students, young families and people interested in diversity
Lowell is a mid-size city of about 100,000 residents. The city is very diverse and there are a lot of opportunities for cultural experiences. There are a variety of restaurants that feature many ethnic foods. Lowell has two colleges that support post secondary education and prepares young people for the work force. The universities are very invested with the local businesses and are mutually beneficial. Lowell has excellent public transportation. There is a regional bus service as well as the MBTA, which provides train service to Boston. This makes it easy to work in Boston without paying the extremely high rents. Another advantage of living in Lowell is the many parks and recreational areas. The Merrimack River runs through the city and is a great place for hiking, biking and picnicking. One of the down sides of Lowell is the parking. There is limited parking and can be quite expensive. Overall, Lowell is a good city to live in.