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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    C
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
New Bedford is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 95,117. New Bedford is in Bristol County. Living in New Bedford offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In New Bedford there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in New Bedford and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$218,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$819
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    59%
  • Own
    41%
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New Bedford 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
    409
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    47.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    174.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    516.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,843.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    190.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    25%
    13%

Working in New Bedford

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$43,989
National
$55,322
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If I am being honest New Bedford is just an average town. Not enough good jobs not even the career center truly helps you. Most roads have many holes, and some communities aren't being kept clean. There are some people who are caring and helpful but most really aren't. Things I would love to see change in are rent prices , due to the high rent not even a minimum wage full time job can pay the bills. Better schools would be great, even deeply paying attention doesn't help. School lunches could also be better not many kids enjoy the food that's being served. I know the only reason I would eat the food is because of the long school hours. At least new bedford has many food places around and with a vehicle there is places outside of the town to enjoy. You can also take a ferry ride to Martha's vineyard which is very pretty and know to be a tourist place also. Over all there are always pro and cons to living in a town it just all depends on how you view it.
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New Bedford is a beautiful city with a rich history. Downtown New Bedford is the best place to visit because of the great restaurants, shops, and museums. Downtown is my favorite part of New Bedford and would recommend going around there. Some places in New Bedford are sketchy but any place or city around the US has their sketchy parts. These parts could be helped but without effecting the people who already live there.
New Bedford, much like the rest of Massachusetts, has a great historical value. The city of New Bedford is a great place to visit for families, couples or anybody who is a history buff, enjoys historical sightseeing and just enjoys the small town feel. small parks, quiet streets and an almost eerie feel of silence in the evening only to be overcome by the beautiful sensation of spending time in New Bedford. The shopping is limited to small shops and a strip mall mostly with crafts and clothing. Nightlife throughout the city is practically non-existent and the restaurants are wonderful although the local food is usually seafood and most restaurants in the New Bedford area do focus their menu on the seafood. The waterfront provides a great array of historical boats, fishing and other waterfront activities, which can be enjoyed by just about anyone! There is so much culture In this city it is truly amazing