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  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
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Wellesley is a suburb of Boston with a population of 29,201. Wellesley is in Norfolk County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Wellesley offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Wellesley there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Wellesley and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Wellesley are highly rated.
About Wellesley...
Population
29,201

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,090,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,796
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    18%
  • Own
    82%
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Wellesley 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
    23.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    50.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    350.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    3.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    18%
  • 25-34 years
    5%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    49%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    9%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    6%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Wellesley

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$188,908
National
$55,322
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Wellesley Reviews

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Wellesley is a really great place to live, especially for younger children and teems as well as newer/younger parents! The public school system is rigorous and prepares kids well for their post-graduation destinations, whether it is college or straight into the workforce. My only complaint is that the real estate is expensive and there is little diversity within the town. Other than that, it is super safe, and the people are extremely friendly and helpful.
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I’m a kid and I live an wellesley and it’s the best town ever come on guys. I wouldn’t wanna live anywhere else. Most of us have second houses in cape cod or Nantucket or somewhere in NH, VT, or ME, and I know some kid has a house in the Hamptons. Would recommend. Great for families! I feel so safe.
It is a great town, I just wish that it was more diverse. Especially in schools, many of the white students do not have enough interaction with non-white students to effectively form diverse opinions and equal opinions about the world. I find that some of the students hold quite racist views in life and it will lead to negative things down the road. In terms of community, it is a very community-based town, especially for those with kids, as the parents of students are very connected through organizations. Many parents know the other students in the town and make it their priority to make every kid, not only theirs, feel welcome and appreciated in the town.