Everyone has a dream town: a place they long to live, a place they live already, or even a place they have yet to find.
The Boston Globe sought to match its readers with their dream towns with its Dreamtown Finder. The online tool asks users their priorities and then matches them with their ideal Massachusetts community based on a wide array of data.
Everyone has a different set of criteria, of course, but the factors we chose for the tool include the following: schools (SAT scores), fun (movie theaters, restaurants), hipster (number of colleges, Starbucks, hybrid cars, for example), location (crime, public transit, grocery stores), and housing costs (assessed values).
Using our data across the five metrics, we’ve calculated the top 25 dream towns in Massachusetts.