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Monday, September 9, 2019

The Best Greater Boston Neighborhoods for Raising Kids

Boston’s city center is ideal for work and play, but it may not be the best place to raise a family. The crowded streets and rising housing prices have encouraged many families to move to the city’s surrounding suburbs. If you want to find a new place to live away from the hustle and bustle, check out this list of calm and convenient residential neighborhoods in the Greater Boston area.

Family-Friendly Boston Suburbs

HomeSnacks looked at 69 places in Massachusetts to find out which Boston neighborhoods are the most fitting for families. They took data like crime rates and school quality into consideration while building their list, making sure each neighborhood offers a quiet and safe place for kids to learn and grow.


Wellesley is an academic town, home to Wellesley College, Babson College, and parts of Massachusetts Bay Community College. At 17 miles from Boston, it’s still close enough for parents to commute to the city for work and return to a peaceful neighborhood at the end of the day.


Located in Norfolk County and just 10 miles from Boston, Milton continues to be one of the “best places to live” according to Money Magazine. Its quaint downtown and old country homes make a picturesque setting for new family memories.


Many restaurants, coffee shops, and parks are sprinkled throughout this Boston suburb, providing plenty of casual entertainment for its residents. Needham is also home to many highly rated public schools.


Located a little less than nine miles from Boston, this bedroom community is the wealthiest municipality in Massachusetts, making it a comfortable place to raise kids.


A suburb of Cambridge, Arlington boasts an excellent public school system. Its downtown restaurant scene offers a variety of cuisine, and active families can kayak, fish, or paddleboard in the local pond.


This city is a patchwork collection of 13 villages located in Middlesex County. Newton was one of the first suburbs to be established outside of Boston in 1688 and is home to the famous Boston College.

Explore Boston’s Best Neighborhoods

When it comes to living in family-friendly neighborhoods with great school systems, native and future Bostonians are quite lucky. This list doesn’t cover all the beautiful towns surrounding Boston, it’s a good place to start while looking for your new family home.

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