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Shrewsbury, MA

Top 50 rank: 15

Population: 36,048

Shrewsbury offers scenic small-town life with easy access to jobs in Worcester and Boston. While property taxes increased by 5% last year, the town still has one of the lowest rates in the state. The town center is packed with shops and ethnically-diverse restaurants, and more than $8 million worth of renovations are in store for the public library.

For outdoor fun, there are 75 acres of recreation fields and fountains at Dean Park and crew regattas on Lake Quinsigamond. --K.F.

Shrewsbury, MA

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $104,008
Job growth % (2010-2012) 3.83%
Median home price (2012) $288,250
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 34.8%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 45.8%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 8




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