Massachusetts
Five towns with top-notch health care, loads of culture, lots of green space and low taxes were selected as the Best Places to Retire this year. How do other places rate? See key data for the 700+ U.S. cities from the Best Places to Live database. All have populations exceeding 50,000.
City Population
Barnstable Town 49,318
Boston 575,959
Brockton 97,056
Brookline 58,456
Cambridge 102,740
Chicopee 55,291
Fall River 94,124
Framingham 65,859
Haverhill 60,053
Lawrence 73,882
Lowell 104,540
Lynn 90,726
Malden 56,631
Medford 55,350
New Bedford 95,204
Newton 83,200
Peabody 49,305
Quincy 89,766
Somerville 77,012
Springfield 152,382
Taunton 58,334
Waltham 60,308
Weymouth 53,932
Worcester 178,545
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Affordable homes
  Median home
sale price 2005
Reading, PA $42,850
Buffalo, NY $45,000
Niagara Falls, NY $47,000
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Most golf played
  Golf activity index
(100=national avg.,
200=twice national avg.)
Coconut Creek, FL 141
Palm Harbor, FL 139
Palm Desert, CA 134
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Tennis
  Tennis activity index
(100=national avg.,
200=twice national avg.)
Bethesda, MD 163
Greenwich, CT 161
Davis, CA 161
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Most country club members
  Percentage of
households
Palm Desert, CA 2.0
Bethesda, MD 2.0
Greenwich, CT 1.8
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Most educated
  % residents with
graduate degree
Arlington, VA 35.7
Davis, CA 34.6
Brookline, MA 32.5
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Oldest
  Median age
Tamarac, FL 49.69
Lake Havasu City, AZ 46.71
St. Simons Island, GA 46.66
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