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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B-
Paxton is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 4,870. Paxton is in Worcester County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Paxton offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Paxton there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Paxton and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Paxton are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$309,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$973
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    7%
  • Own
    93%
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Paxton Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    121.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    20.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    182
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    40.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    16%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    26%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Paxton

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$99,875
National
$55,322
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Paxton Reviews

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I have lived all over New England and have lived near Boston and very remote. Paxton is a very small "bedroom' town, there is NO CRIME!! Whomever reported gangs is completely inaccurate. The town is on the upper middle class level, high property values, it is mostly white and neighbors actually wave to each other. The public school district is also very good, highly rated, compared to other MA districts. There are no restaurants besides the little local shops, the town is only 3 blocks long. Not unusual for a 'bedroom' New England town. Very nice town compared to many places I have lived that actually had 'crime' statistics. Nice parks and recreation for those who like to be out doors.
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While the experience living and growing up here was okay, the school system was very lax in dealing with situations like bullying under the former administration. The lack of concern for the safety of the students was alarming to me as a student, and I ended up switching to a different local school, then switching out of the district altogether. I believe that the new administration has taken strides to improve this issue - though I, unfortunately, can't attest to this.
I feel that it is a safe environment however there is not much diversity. There isn't much to do in Paxton. There aren't any restaurants, nor fun places to go to. They do have a beautiful park that is perfect for taking pictures. Their annual tree lighting for Christmas is kind of poor and it seemed to be done with no effort. The neighbors are friendly and the environment is nice and quiet.