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C+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B-
Spencer is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 11,856. Spencer is in Worcester County. Living in Spencer offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Spencer there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Spencer and residents tend to lean liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$252,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$858
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%
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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
    125.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    33.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    117.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    436.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    58.7
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    18%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    37%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Spencer

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$65,386
National
$55,322

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Spencer Reviews

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Spencer is a very good town. It deserves a better rating than a C+. It should be rated at a B. It’s a convenient town with good restaurants, mom and pop shops, and grocery stores. The schools are improving consistently and are rated about average for the state of MA. Most people I know who graduated from this school system are productive members of society. There are a lot of beautiful homes throughout the town. The center of town has improved both demographically and cosmetically. There are maybe 2-3 neighborhoods that are a little run down, but when you compare to nearby Worcester or Southbridge, they aren’t bad. Its not an insanely affluent town like Weston, but its a good town and people should give it chance.
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Spencer is a small community with few good neighborhoods, and the school district is in desperate need to be revitalized. While I was growing up it was a great community, though it was gone downhill, many are not involved in the community and many school-choice out of the district.
I love how everyone knows everyone here and the closeness of families. The law enforcement is diligent and very helpful. There are many small businesses that thrive here too. School systems are on the rise and there any many community events.