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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 29,004. 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
29,004

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,042,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,768
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    17%
  • Own
    83%
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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
    27.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    3.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    10.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    51
    500.1
  • Theft
    377.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    17
    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
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    48%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    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
$176,852
National
$55,322
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Wellesley Reviews

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As a current Wellesley resident, I can say that Wellesley is a pretty well rounded town. Wellesley definitely tops my list as one of the safest towns I have lived in. The crime rate is very low, and you can be comfortable letting your children walk outside alone. Living close to the center of town, you can also walk to anywhere you need to go. Although the houses in Wellesley are relatively pricey, the money is worth it when you see the schools. The schools are really amazing and all of them have a great system to provide the best education for your children. Wellesley High School is especially known for having a great education system. The one downside to Wellesley is the amount of diversity within the town. I believe that if the town was a little more diverse, the community would be able to grow and become more open minded as whole.
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Wellesley is an interesting town to say the least. It is filled with a bunch of upper class liberals. A good amount of them are good but then there are the people who are complete snobs and then there are the women who go to cycling classes everyday and have lots of botox. The schools are great but there have recently been some problems with racism. On the topic of racism, although the town claims to be very liberal, they seem to think that because they are so upper class and liberal that they can still say things that are NOT okay say and it won't be a problem. Night life is horrible, restaurants close at 11 and you aren't allowed to have a drink unless you buy food. Good for raising a family you have the money.
Affluent and charming town. Very safe and walkable, awesome library, great public schools and decent commmuter connection to Boston. Nice small town Main Street w handful restaurants. Love Wellesley College which has lot of great walking areas, a cute greenhouse and even small observatory. The one downside is lack of nightlife; even on a summer night the town closes up by 9:30p