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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Melrose is a suburb of Boston with a population of 28,116. Melrose is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Melrose offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Melrose there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Melrose and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Melrose are highly rated.
About Melrose...
Population
28,116

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$508,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,362
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%
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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
    45.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    3.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    3.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    77.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    402.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    31.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    28%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Melrose

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$103,743
National
$55,322
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Melrose Reviews

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Contrary to some reviews, my family and I move to Melrose and we find diversity in the city. In my community, there’s African Americans, Asian Americans, Indian Americans, Hispanic Americans etc. Very peaceful town. Great places to eat. Very good school system. Close enough to Boston. WE LOVE IT!
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Great schools, beautiful downtown and safe! Up and coming area that is improving its nightlife and is becoming more diverse.
I moved here when I was in my Junior year of high school, and at first, the town seemed very scary and intimidating. I moved from a very, very small town in Vermont and was scared because of the suburb-city vibe of the town, but since being here, I have grown to really like it. The people here are, for the most part, very nice , there are a lot of opportunities that are very close, being right near he city. There are a ton of restaurants and activities to do nearby, which I had never really had before because I had to travel 45 minutes to get to the nearest Starbucks. It is refreshing to be able to walk out my door and into the world. I love how easy it is to get around and how many different things I can do in one day.