FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham has been named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live 2018 by Livability.com, outpacing more than 2,100 cities (with populations between 20,000 and 350,000) in this data-driven ranking.
Framingham was ranked #86 on the list.
This is the 5th year the website has ranked cities. The list is an exclusive, independent, editorial ranking by Livability.com.
Livability.com listed the community as a Town but officially Framingham became a City on January 1, 2018. The website also published a photo of the grist mill in Sudbury to go with its profile of Framingham as a ranked community.
The 2018 ranking builds on a process initially developed with one of the world’s leading urban theorists, Richard Florida. Livability.com’s research team worked with the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute and later with The Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities at New York University’s Schools of Professional Studies a program he directed along with Steven Pedigo.
Ann Arbor, Michigan which has been on the top 100 list all five years, was ranked #1 this year.
Founded and incorporated in 1700, Framingham “ranks high in education thanks to Framingham Public School District and three college campuses (including Framingham State University), and a top-notch healthcare sector is highlighted by MetroWest Medical Center. The economy is also strong in manufacturing, retail and technology, and residents have the transportation convenience of one interstate and four state highways. In addition, housing choices are attractive, with town officials meeting the legal requirement in Massachusetts of at least 10 percent for affordable housing,” wrote the website.
Cambridge in Massachusetts was voted #13, and Newton was ranked #33. Brookline was ranked #44.
“The 2018 Best Place to Live list includes a fascinating mix of familiar cities and first-timers that are starting to carve out a reputation as wonderful places to live,” says Winona Dimeo-Ediger, Livability.com’s managing editor. “It’s great to see these under-the-radar cities getting more attention on a national scale — and the accolades are certainly well-deserved.”