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Blast from the past: Best Places To Live 1987

Posted by Garrett Quinn, Less is More  July 24, 2012 10:28 AM

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In the August 1987 issue of Money Magazine the bedroom community of Nashua, New Hampshire topped a New England heavy list of Best Places To Live in America.


Attractions: growth economy, proximity to Boston and the White Mountains, no state income or sales taxes, high house-price appreciation, safety from crime

Detractions: cold weather, lack of arts, high house prices Typical three-bedroom house: $100,000 to $250,000

A quick perusal of the real estate listings in Nashua shows us that the floor for a three-bedroom home is now $250,000 not $100,000.

You can get a similiar home for under $100,000 in Lawrence, though. Lawrence was listed at 88 in the same August 1987 issue.

Other New England towns making the then top 100:
#2 Norwalk, CT
#5 Danbury, CT
#8 Boston's North Shore, MA
#26 Stamdford, CT
#35 Manchester, NH
#37 Bridgeport/Milford, CT
#57 Bangor, ME
#72 Lowell, MA
#88 Lawrence, MA
#90 Worcester, MA

The 2011 rankings can be found here.

New England highlights from that list:

#2 Milton, MA
#6 Hanover, NH
#11 Sharon, MA
#16 Acton, MA
#37 Tolland, CT
#38 South Windsor, CT
#39 Simsbury, CT
#43 Easton, MA
#87 Merimack, NH
#88 Portland, CT
#90 Dover, NH

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Garrett Quinn began writing for newspapers at age 17 with CNC in his native South Shore. He has been published in BlueMassGroup, RedMassGroup, Pioneer Investigates, and Wonkette. He is a More »

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