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Are parents really flocking to buy in these towns?

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis August 30, 2012 07:01 AM

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Westford, Lynnfield and Medfield are among the Greater Boston suburbs that have become magnets for families with school age children, or so says Trulia.

The online real estate site put out the list this morning. It focuses on the ratio of school age children, age 5-9, to preschool kids 4 and under. Here's the theory: Towns with a high ratio of school age kids to younger, pre-school children are places where parents move to in search of better schools when their children were ready for kindergarten and grade school.

OK, it seems a little simplistic. Still, I'll hand it to Trulia, for it's also an interesting way of cutting the numbers. And, if nothing else, the whole exercise has yielded an interesting and not implausible group of supposedly popular school districts, from Westford to Weston.

Here's Trulia's top ten list for the Boston area, including price-per-square-foot numbers. To convert the square foot numbers, just base it on a home of roughly 2000 square feet.

For example, in Westford, a 2,000 square foot home will cost you just under $400,000.

What's your take? Is Trulia full of it or has it hit upon a new way of looking at where parents are buying?


School District Ratio Price per SQFT

Westford School District 1.74 $197

Duxbury School District 1.72 $231

Westwood School District 1.70 $289

Weston School District 1.70 $350

Medfield School District 1.68 $242

Pentucket School District 1.68 $180

Sudbury School District 1.68 $242

Groton-Dunstable 1.66 $177

Lynnfield School District 1.64 $239

Lexington School District 1.63 $321 Middlesex MA

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Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance writer who specializes in real estate and business issues.

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