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Marlborough Named ‘Most Booming’ Suburb In Central Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 03, 2013


Marlborough has been named the most booming suburb in Central Mass, according to a new survey from Coldwell Banker.

Marlborough has been named the most booming suburb in Central Massachusetts, according to a recent survey done by Coldwell Banker.

Coldwell Banker, a national real estate corporation, ranked 1,500 suburbs nationwide with populations greater than 22,275.

“Booming” was defined in the survey by 15-20 attributes ranging from number of single-family homes and proximity to quality schools, to gas affordability, leisure activities and more. Coldwell Banker's survey weighted each attribute on a scale from 1 to 5, with a maximum possible score of 1000.


Marlborough finished strong, ranking #24 out of 75 ranked Massachusetts suburbs. Located on the western edge of Central Mass, Marlborough has a population of 38,884 that has grown 7.2% since 2000.

Amenities in town include Solomon Pond Mall, hotels, movie theaters and restaurants.

“One of the main reasons [for the ranking] are the home prices. It’s an affordable community,” said Massoud Atallah, a realtor at the Coldwell Banker Northborough Office (which services Marlborough).“Families come here for access to the charter school, The Advanced Math and Science Academy," he said. 

Atallah also mentioned high tech businesses located in the business park in town, as well as great accessibility to major highways, which he noted were reasons for Marlborough’s performance.

Other Central Mass standouts

Three other Central Mass. towns were ranked in the survey, with Shrewsbury coming in at #53, Milford at #60 and Fitchburg at #64.

Shrewsbury, ranking at #53, is an affluent community just east of Worcester. Shrewsbury is a bedroom community for surrounding larger cities, and is popular with families for its excellent school system and low crime rates.

Milford, ranking at #60, was originally a village of Mendon called “Mill River.” Milford was originally, like many towns in the area, a mill town. Since the construction of Route 495, Milford has been consistently growing, making it a popular destination for retailers.

Fitchburg is home to Fitchburg State University. Ranked at #64, Fitchburg is steeped in history, and is peppered with monuments. Located in Fitchburg, the Fitchburg Historical Society houses more than 200,000 articles relating to the town’s past.

For more on the Booming Suburbs survey, visit Coldwell Banker at http://bestplaces.coldwellbanker.com/best-places-to-live/booming-suburbs.html


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