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Top 5 Towns For Young Couples In The Metro West

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Located west of Boston and east of Worcester in Massachusetts, the Metro West region contains many of the state's largest and fastest growing companies. Known as the "Arc of Innovation," this region is made up of several municipalities, depending on what entity provides the list. For instance, the Metro West Research Center at Framingham State College defines this region as the nine towns of Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkins, Natick, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury and Wayland, which is the region's definition used here.

Metro West employment opportunities include information technology and biotechnology manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade, professional scientific and technical service, education and healthcare. Many large companies such as Bose, Analog and MathWorks are located in this region, as well as numerous mid-sized and smaller companies. Metro West's continued growth and popularity makes it the second largest employment area in Massachusetts and a good place to live for younger Americans seeking work.

Many of the towns in the region are small allowing escape from the hustle of big city life. The close proximity to Boston and easy access to roadways and/or public transportation and carpooling make Metro West a prime area to live in. Top towns were compiled figuring in population and median income and home prices, along with such data as proximity to highways and local activities. View current homes for sale in this region at MassRealty website.

  1. Sherborn. For a young active outdoorsy couple, the residential town of Sherborn boasts extensive public lands, a Town Forest and some rural farms and orchards. Uniquely, all properties have individual wells and septic systems. The town prides itself on fostering excellence in public education. Although small at under 4,000 people, the median salary is just over $225,000. Only 18 miles southwest of Boston, the median home price is $649,450, less than three times the median salary, making this tiny town the most affordable place to live in the region. Add to affordability the fact that Sherborn is also a fantastic place to enjoy the outdoors, know your neighbors and provide a great education system for a growing family.
  2. Wayland. With homes selling at just over three times the median salary of $199,567, Wayland is another affordable Metro West town. This affluent, suburban community has a population of nearly 12,000 people and is within easy commuting distance to Boston. Relax and enjoy the small town appeal in Wayland while easily accessing big city work and play.
  3. Hopkinton. The number of people surges in this town of over 9,000 residents when the Boston Marathon runners come to town. Resist the urge to brag and instead entice your friends and relatives to come for a visit and stay in your home while enjoying this world-renowned event. The median home price in this small town is $553,129, which is 3.76 times the median salary.
  4. Framingham. Home of Framingham State College and considered the hub of Metro West, Framingham is one of the bigger cities in the region. Consisting of both urban and rural areas, the average salary ranges from about $35,000 to $70,000. The median home sales price is the lowest in the region at $339,559 making it an affordable place to live, especially if your earnings lean more toward the top of the town's salary range.
  5. Sudbury. Charming Sudbury is filled with history. The historic town of 14,358 residents birthed the nursery rhyme "Mary Had A Little Lamb" as it's here that Mary brought her lamb to an inn. The median sales price of approximately $895,000 is 5.08 times the median town salary.
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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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