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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Northbridge is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 16,381. Northbridge is in Worcester County. Living in Northbridge offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Northbridge there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Northbridge and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Northbridge are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$279,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$907
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%
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Northbridge Rankings

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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
    162
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    54
    41
  • Robbery
    12
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    168
    500
  • Theft
    980
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    30
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$73,464
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%
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Northbridge Reviews

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This town is tiny. The "small town" feel that you see in a cheesy teen movie is definitely here on this one, but filled with drugs and all sorts of unhappiness. You grow up with your neighbours, your neighbour's neighbour... everyone is so close that you just can't seem to get away. Of course, some people like that, but don't let that closeness fool you. The schools are full of toxicity. There are so many drug and nicotine and violence related issues in the schools it could almost feel like a war zone. Teachers get paid good, the music and drama programs are impeccable, but Northbridge just seems to find it hard to make the good teachers stay. New teachers are constantly being hired, which disallows students to connect with them and actually feel mentored. The place is nice, sure, clean, nice secretary, but behind everyone in the town is just a sad bitterness. Northbridge is like any other tiny town in New England, and not worth anyone's time.
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Such a great town with many traditions and families that have been there for many years. The great schools provide an excellent education and experiences! Many local restaurants and stores that give the town life.
The town itself is wonderful. Small roads and little traffic make for easy getting around, assuming you have a car. Bus service only started in the past year and is still primitive, and the nearest train station is miles away. Small businesses make sure that the shop owners know you on a personal level, which is a wonderful feeling. Likewise, the fire department and police often know residents by name, further leading to a cozy town. The only real downside are some of the residents. Such a cozy town has made quite a few residents here complacent, and quick to complain about nothing. For example, Calls often flood the town public works about clearing sidewalks during the midst of a winter snowstorm, when the focus is on clearing the streets. However, I would definitely live here again! It has a classic New England feel, which I personally like, and I could definitely see myself living here in the future.