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Sculptor Mico Kaufman lives in Tewksbury and at least one of his works is on display in town. Sculptor Mico Kaufman lives in Tewksbury and at least one of his works is on display in town. (Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff/File 2003)
November 30, 2008
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Median home price: Single family, $320,000; condominiums, $284,900
Residential tax rate: $10.45
Average tax bill: $3,850
Choice location: The original version of Touching Souls, a bronze sculpture by noted Tewksbury resident Mico Kaufman, is on display in town, with a replica on display on the grounds of Tewkesbury Abbey in England.
Cocktail party nugget: Helen Keller's tutor and companion Anne Sullivan was raised in Tewksbury.
SOURCES: Warren Group, Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Commonwealth of Massachusetts website

THE GOODS: Tewksbury has undergone a makeover this decade as more commuters look farther beyond the Route 128 belt for affordable homes. Median income is now $84,500, up from $68,800 in 2000. The town is also trying to diversify its tax base and lighten the burden on homeowners through a sustainable economic development plan. Its location along Interstates 93 and 495 makes it attractive to light industrial businesses, as well as small and start-up companies.

PROS: The housing stock is diversified. The upper end has big new homes in subdivisions, while the midmarket has Colonials and ranch homes in a variety of sizes and styles. Yard space is often plentiful. Townhomes offer new construction at lower prices and compete with older, small Capes and the like.

CONS: There are fewer opportunities for condo buyers. Tewksbury Memorial High School is showing its age; the condition of the older building is one reason the school was recently given a warning by an education industry accreditation group.

DAVE COPELAND

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