What are the best places in America to live? Fifty-five cities across the country were recently studied and ranked based around eight specific conditions. A city in Massachusetts was named one of the best places to live. Scholaroo recently took a look at the crime & safety, affordability, economy, quality of life, healthcare, education, opportunity, and infrastructure in order to craft their final report. The categories had a point system allocated, and an individual score was then given to each city based around the data.

Cambridge, MA finished 10th. In fact, three New England cities were in the top ten. Amherst, New Hampshire, finished forth, followed by Portland, Maine, at number five.


Opportunity and Education were the two fields where Cambridge shined the brightest, according to Scholaroo, ranking first in both. Quality of life was also a strong point. Aside from being the home turf to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge also has twelve elementary schools, four middle schools, public high school and private schools. Furthermore, the education programs are known for being diverse and often represent many different countries.

Two other places in Massachusetts were highlighted in this report. Needham (ranking 34th), and Melrose (ranking 39th).

Naples, Florida, was highlighted as the best place to live in the country. This southwest city in the Sunshine State ranked in the top four for health care, infrastructure, education, crime, and safety. Carmel, Indiana, and Naperville, Illinois, rounded out the top three.

“Each metropolitan area offers something different, so it is important to take a close look at each of these cities and learn what they have to offer,” Scholaroo explains.  “This way, we can have a guide and prioritize some important metrics for us such as employment opportunities, living in a safe area, good bridge conditions or even the time it would take us to get to work.”

Cambridge’s population is over 115,000 people, spread over 7.1 square miles. With this Massachusetts city being named one of the best places to live, perhaps that number will now increase.

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