I was thinking about homes the other day. Isn’t it strange that even if we spend 50 years in one house, it’s really not “ours.” There might have been people before you and there will probably be people after you living there. But it still feels so intimately ours. I thought it was a deep thought anyway. lol

But it opens up this broader conversation: what cities in America have the most historical homes? And, more hyper-locally focused, which towns in Massachusetts have the most historical homes per capita? We do have the 2nd most historical homes in the country, ya know?

What is a “historical home’ anyway?

In the United States, a home is typically considered a historical home, and eligible for historical designation or recognition, if it meets certain criteria related to its age, architectural significance, and historical importance.

What US city has the most historical homes? Is it Boston?

No, it’s not Boston. Though we did rank in the Top 10! The team at Assurance IQ crunched data from the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places to figure out which US cities and states have the most registered historical homes.

Boston came in at #9 on the Top 10 Countdown. New York City has the most historical homes, coming in at #1. Portland, Oregon came in second followed by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. St. Louis and Chicago round out the Top 5. If you want to see the rest, check out Assurance IQ’s full report RIGHT HERE.

As far as states go, Massachusetts has the second most historic homes in the country. Go us!

Which Massachusetts towns have the most historical homes?

Assurance IQ provided that info too. We won’t give you the full rundown but we will give you the Top 5. These are the towns with the most historical homes PER CAPITA.

  • Massachusetts Towns with the Most Historic Homes - #5

    BROOKLINE has the 5th most historical homes in Massachusetts. has 151.1 historical homes per capita.

  • Massachusetts Towns with the Most Historic Homes - #4

    TAUNTON has the 4th most historical homes in Massachusetts. has 160.2 historical homes per capita.

  • Massachusetts Towns with the Most Historic Homes - #3

    WALTHAM has the 3rd most historical homes in Massachusetts. has 170.1 historical homes per capita.

  • Massachusetts Towns with the Most Historic Homes - #2

    CAMBRIDGE has the 2nd most historical homes in Massachusetts. has 178.1 historical homes per capita.

  • Massachusetts Towns with the Most Historic Homes - #1

    NEWTON has THE most historical homes in Massachusetts. has 215.1 historical homes per capita.

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