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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$319,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,148
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    18%
  • Own
    82%

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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
    36
    283
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    5
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    82
    500
  • Theft
    77
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    10
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$95,221
National
$55,322
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
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Norton is a quiet, small town. There isn't a ton to do, but the amount of small, local restaurants is surprising! Many family owned businesses serve food from all over the world, from China to Italy to Mexico to a hearty classic American meal. Norton has a very cozy feel to it, and there is a reservoir that is absolutely stunning as the leaves change color in the fall.
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Norton is a quaint town located equidistant between the two major cities of Boston and Providence. Additionally, Wheaton college is located in the town center which offers a variety of family fun activities that help support a more wholesome community. Recently, additional housing complexes have been constructed which is helpful in helping give people choice with respect to their housing decisions. The public schools are well known for their excellent standards and have been commended for continued success in educating the youth. Lastly, the town has many restaurants and food outlets for those that search for food diversity. In sum, a very pleasant place to live.
I have lived here all my life and wouldn't change a thing. Although growing up I have had many complaints, I was never oppressed in norton. It's not like our surrounding cities, and definitely has some townies. We are conveniently located between Boston, providence, and the cape. Although Norton itself has little to no shopping centers/activities, we are within driving distance to anything necessary. It's fun to be from a small town sometimes.