Framingham Ranked #38 Best Place To Live In America

CNNMoney ranked Framingham the 38th best small city in America in its list of 100 best; and yes we all know Framingham is a town.

CNNMoney ranked Framingham the 38th best small city in America in its list of 100 best.

While those of us who live in Framingham, including myself know we are a town and not a city, there is a lot of great things to celebrate in town.

CNNMoney gave its reasons online. It wrote "Located 20 miles west of Boston, Framingham celebrates its ethnic diversity, offering public school calendars in three languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese. It has a sweet job market to celebrate too; the town's unemployment rate is a mere 4.2% as of May. High growth has recently helped revitalize the downtown, which includes Hispanic and Brazilian retail shopping and restaurants. Completing the picture is an array of affordable housing options, from Victorian homes to multistory apartment buildings."

Within the last year, Framingham has made two lists (see below) but we were part of an area that included Newton and Cambridge.

This time, Framingham was on the CNNMoney list on its own, as Newton was ranked #4 out of 100.

  • The United States Peace Index finds the country overall more peaceful than at anytime in the past 20 years. In its
  • According to Forbes magazine, and the National Science Foundation,


Do you agree with the latest ranking? Why do you think Framingham is a great place to live? Tell us in the comments.

Jim Rizoli August 22, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Kira being racist or Anti-whatever is not against the law, you are right on that one. Seems to me everyone here wants everyone else to be just like them. When I meet a true blue racist I'll let you know. Jim@ccfiile.com
Luiz D August 22, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Jim, I went to Framingham public schools from elementary school all the way through high school. I lived in south Framingham the whole time (and still do), and have never seen anything violent or unsafe happen around me. Yes, there is a police officer in the school, but I have never seen him have to do anything other than tell kids to not park in certain spots. I am currently attending Medical School, and am very thankful for the awesome education Framingham has provided me. Now where does all this hate stem from? (I am Brazilian by the way, I know your going to love that)
Donna Coutchavlis-Wong August 23, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I had thought earlier I replied here via facebook regarding cursive writing but, do not see my comment. I attended BrookWater Elementary, then Walsh Junior High, and Framingham North High. I left in 1972 before becoming a Junior in high school. Cursive writing back then was very important and it has carried me well throughout my life! I pride my self in my good penmanship. In California schools it is taught in the small Country town my son attended in elementary school. I hope they continue with this important form of writing! How else do Doctors sign your prescriptions?
Marissa Resnick August 27, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I "flocked" here a year and a half ago with my husband and we now have a baby on the way. We are not 'tied into the SMOC, and the Social Service industry.' We work in the environmental consulting and sales fields. We couldn't be happier to live here. No town is perfect, but we are very comfortable here and find that Framingham has a lot of wonderful amenities and a great sense of community that we didn't find elsewhere. The day care and pediatrician we have found are outstanding, and the neighbors are friendly!
James Feudo August 27, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I think it all depends on your perspective and what you look for in a place to live. Some people love city life and the things that come with it such as the arts, culture and having a lot of things within walking distance. Others prefer the wide open spaces where they have room to let their kids and pets run about, grow their own food, etc.... I think Framingham offers a little of each and some in between. There are a lot of great places to shop, eat and hang out in the area and it's great to have two 24-hour pharmacies on Route 9. I know the schools have issues but I've been very impressed with both the teachers and administrators I've met. I honestly believe these teachers really care about the kids - in fact, Brophy recently did a summer program at the FPL and at least a dozen teachers showed up to assist, meet parents and mingle with their incoming students. They weren't paid to do this or forced to do it - they really care about the kids. I also agree that the town isn't without issues. The taxes are oppressive and the crime, while limited to a small area of the town (perhaps the 80/20 rule applies here) is a problem that tarnishes the image of the town. As for the cursive, when I was in fourth grade I had to stay after school about once per week because of my "bad penmanship." So I'll abstain from commenting due to my obvious bias ;)


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