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Five Great Places to Live in Southern Massachusetts

Southern Massachusetts has a large number of cities and towns, here is a list of five cities that should interest visitors to southern Mass.

Brockton

Brockton is rich in history and culture, diverse and a good place for the youth. It was named as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise Aliiance in multiple years; 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2011. This award is given to communities which take active roles in providing services to benefit the youth and reducing dropout rates among high school students. In recent years Brockton's population has grown considerably and there has been an influx of younger, more racially and ethnically diverse Brockton residents. Brockton is experiencing a population expansion along with the rest of the south of the state and the percentage of immigrant residents, as well as its African American population, has grown in kind.

Fall River

Known for having had an exposed waterfall in its downtown area, Fall River is a city in Bristol County, the 10th largest in the state of Massachusetts. In the 19th century the city became widely regarded for its industry leading textile manufacturing mills. Fall River also boasts the world's largest collection of World War 2 naval ships and the USS Massachusetts. As of the 2010 US Census, Fall River has 88.857 living in the city with 49% of residents having origins in or connections to the former Portuguese colonial empire.

Taunton

Located in Bristol County, Mass. Taunton is a city located 40 miles from Boston and resting on the banks of the Taunton River. Taunton is one of the oldest cities in the country, as it was founded in 1637, and was known as "Silver City" due to its central role in the silver industry throughout the 19th century. As of the 2000 census, 55,874 residents lived in Taunton and it's a multi-cultural city, featuring 34% Luso-American, also known as Portugese American, 17% Irish and 8% Puerto Rican residents. Taunton is also known for its annual Christmas light display, giving Taunton another moniker; "Christmas City."

New Bedford

New Bedford is the sixth largest city in Massachusetts, also located in Bristol County, with a total population of 95,072. Known as "The Whaling City", New Bedford has a history as an important whaling and fishing port and much like Taunton and Fall River, is a multi-cultural city with a large population of citizens of Portuguese descent. New Bedford features the New Bedford Regional Airport, a towered airport of the class D designation and two runways. In the city there are four post offices, four police stations and New Bedford is represented by four state representatives from the ninth, eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth districts. New Bedford boasts several well regarded museums like the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Rotch Jones Duff House and Garden Museum, and The New Bedford Fire Museum which houses old equipment from firefighting of previous generations, old fire engines and is located in an old firehouse.

Walpole

Located 13 miles south of Boston in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA, Walpole is one of the smaller cities in the state and is known as one of the few areas of Republican political dominance. Based on the 2000 census data, Walpole had an estimated 24,824 people in 8,060 households. Walpole has a board of selectmen with a form of government that features the voting population assembling annually in a town meeting that allows them to act as local legislature; voting on laws and on budgets. Walpole is also known for its many outdoor recreational areas, mostly during springs and summers, like Francis William Bird Park an 89 acre landscaped park owned by the Trustees of Reservations.

These are just basic outlines of these five great southern Massachusetts cities. Be sure to do your own research and use this guide to help you schedule a trip or plan for a longer term move. Enjoy!

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