10 Top Communities for Living
In the early 1990’s the Massachusetts coastal communities in south Bristol Counties and Plymouth Counties were branded the Southcoast Region. Since that time the region has been referred to as the Bay States hidden gem. These small cities and towns along Buzzards Bay to the Rhode Island border offer a unique quality life that is by many standards the best in New England. The communities are far less crowded than the metro Boston region with very little congestion and traffic. The region is home to some of the best beaches, parks and a host of communities with great schools and affordable living. While greater Boston continues to scramble for affordable housing in very expensive, heavily populated markets, the Southcoast is becoming a viable alternative to many families and companies looking for a better way of life.
In the new Southcoast Science & Technology Park in the north end of Fall River a massive 1.2 million sq. distribution facility for Amazon is almost completed. Amazon will be only one of many companies choosing the Southcoast over more expensive metropolitan sites. Thousands of Massachusetts residents will find their way to the Southcoast over the next decade and many more companies like Amazon will take advantage of huge tax incentives and available workforce in the region. The Southcoast has abundant resources, open space and high quality housing options at every price point. Proximity-wise it is perfect for commuting to Providence and Boston and offers easy access to one of New England’s finest and most user-friendly airports in New England T.F. Green in Rhode Island.
There are approximately 300,000 residents presently in the Southcoast region living in 15 -20 communities. Homelife Magazine has compiled our “Top 10” list based on quality of life, real estate values and gains, tax rates and community services and education for families. In no particular order here are our findings. We recommend you contact your realtor for housing opportunities and additional community information on any communities listed in our review.
1. Mattapoisett, MA | 2. Marion, MA | 3. Fairhaven, MA | 4. Dartmouth, MA | 5. Westport, MA | 6. Freetown, MA | 7. Berkley, MA | 8. Somerset, MA | 9. Swansea, MA | 10. Seekonk, MA