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Overall Niche Grade
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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
    A-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Natick is a suburb of Boston with a population of 35,957. Natick is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Natick offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Natick there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Natick and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Natick are highly rated.
About Natick...
Population
35,957

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$497,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,393
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    28%
  • Own
    72%
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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
    98
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    51.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    2.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    73.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,040.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    27.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    35%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    16%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Natick

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$106,027
National
$55,322
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Natick Reviews

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Great local sports for the kids, but regardless of how good you’re kids are, you’re not judged fairly unless you’re one of the ‘Good ole boys’ who grew up in Natick,Ma. Also, very competitive town where if you are less than a VP, lawyer, doctor , or dentist, you’re considered unworthy of living here. Natick has become the Newton/Wellesley for the ‘poor’ folks, except you can’t buy a home for less than $500k. Pretty sad!
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Resident since 2006.
*SCHOOLS: Excellent. The public schools give immense opportunities to kids from advanced classes, to electives, clubs & sports. *HOUSING: Expensive and rising. My home has appreciated 40% in 10 years. *COMMUNITY: Parochial. Lots of people are proud to have been born, raised and stayed in Natick. We’re mile 10 of the Boston Marathon, and the town really comes together to cheer on the runners. *TRAFFIC: Awful. Although the commuter rail is convenient, it’s not reliable in any kind of bad weather. Traffic clears by 7:00 p.m. *POLITICS: Responsive. The town is run efficiently and transparently, with town meetings shown on local TV and meeting minutes posted online quickly. *NIGHTLIFE: Average. In town center, it’s pretty lacking except for TCAN (The Center for Arts in Natick), which hosts some great music. Lots of pizza shops and banks, no chain stores in town center. Good beer at Morse Tavern. On Rt. 9 there are chains box stores & fast food.
It's a small town with both young families and elders. The Natick Mall is a big attraction, and the town center is small but cozy. The real estate market is decently popular, and prices are moderate, though location has an impact. It's not too far from Boston, and everywhere seems to be no more than 30 minutes from Natick. It's great for young families, as the public schools are good and community is kind and safe.