Life is best in the western suburbs

What’s in an address? Boston magazine ranks Acton, Medway, Northborough, and Wrentham among the top communities along Interstate 495. Acton’s diverse population makes it a “suburban town with a global vibe,’’ the magazine said, while a Wegmans grocery store put Northborough on the list. “Sustainability is a way of life’’ in Medway, and Wrentham is “the little town that could.’’

Money magazine ranked Newton in the top five on three of its lists this year. It’s the hot spot for the wealthy, whether you’re “rich and single’’
 or retired, Money decided.
Newton also ranked fourth
 overall among its “best places to live in the US,’’ thanks to the city’s focus on education and myriad community activities.

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If you are into fashion, forget New York City. GQ magazine says Natick should be America’s fashion capital, with the US Army Natick Soldier Systems Center designing and producing military apparel that has sparked countless civilian clothing trends.

Want to live surrounded by the past? Concord (below) gets points from Lonely Planet for its historic houses. As for ghosts, go no farther than Room 24 in the Colonial Inn.

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