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The Number One Education System in the Country! With Harvard and MIT being ranked as the first and third top universities of the world, three of the top 15 research universities in the country, and top-rating scores for K- 12 in public and post-secondary schools, there is no doubt that Massachusetts is the center of excellence in all matters academic. Number one rankings in both SAT and NEA scores prove the point. Small wonder that last year, Boston was voted the best city in which to raise kids. Oh, and did we forget to mention Tufts, Northeastern, Merrimack, Bunker Hill, Boston College...the list of awesome colleges is never-ending. Clearly, Massachusetts is a great spot for rent to own homes if you're looking to learn.
Exceptional arts and culture! Tanglewood, the home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is a magical place to watch a concert, and its summer festival is a much-loved New England tradition. Meet the artists at the Rocky Neck Colony in Gloucester, or go to the Tweeter Center for music under the stars.
Outstanding recreational facilities! Massachusetts maintains over 450,000 acres of parkland, forests, trails, ponds, and coastal shores, and rightly considers them to be part of the state's rich natural treasure. From skating on the Boston Common frog pond to horseback riding on the Harmony Trails, there is a diverse array of landscape to explore and enjoy.
Beautiful Beaches! Boston Harbor alone has 34 accessible islands, so you don't have to go far to find a place to camp and picnic. Of course, there are dozens of other famous beaches along 1,500 miles of coast, from Walden Pond to the Chatham Lighthouse. For the best sunset around, though, head to Madaket Beach.
Cape Cod! It's the best place for lobster, and a lovely place to live, too. Unlike crowded Boston, there is a lot of available property in these gorgeous seaside areas, though you'll have to pay for the view. In Chatham, the average price is $1.37 million for a family home. It's a great place to visit for sailing, swimming, seafood, and sunshine. The students who flock here in the summer tend to rent in the smaller homes that sprang up in the '40s and '50s.
Top sports teams! The Boston Red Sox, the Celtics, the Patriots, and the Bruins all win often, so if you buy a ticket to a game, you're likely to leave happy. And once playoff season rolls around, you're in for some great entertainment.
Walk through history! A day spent walking the Freedom Trail through Boston is one you'll never forget. Visit Paul Revere's House, the Benjamin Franklin statue, and the Bunker Hill monument to soak in the historic importance of this great city. Don't forget to stop by the Old State House, where crowds gathered in 1776 to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Massachusetts.
Old stock housing! History doesn't just live in Boston. Towns like Marlborough, North Andover, and Medford are just as proud to show off their early settlement status. In fact, every town in eastern Massachusetts has its own incredible culture. All this history means many beautiful, distinguished old homes, and lovers of colonial architecture will be in heaven.
World-class museums! The Boston Children's Museum recently announced plans to make its programs accessible to all children, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are among the many elite institutions in this state where you can see a wide range of exhibits and artwork.
Highest concentration of college graduates! Combined with its great school system, Massachusetts could be the most educated population on the planet. Whether you're looking to rent in Cambridge, right on Harvard's doorstep, or in Pittsfield, near the edge of the state, your neighbors are going to be smart. That's a good thing, considering you might be living in close quarters with them. Apartments and rooms for rent are more common than single-family homes in this state, as many luxurious residences have been turned into duplexes to cater to the high demand.
The Berkshires! There's no better place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life than the Berkshires. You can walk on part of the Appalachian Trail before stopping in at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, a combo that will be a thrill for any nature lover. If you've got kids, look into one of the many summer camps located here, some of which are over a century old.
Four seasons! There are no mudslides, earthquakes, or tornadoes to worry about here. If you are looking to buy, rent, or rent to own, you don't have to worry about that expensive additional insurance that comes with flood-prone or other disaster-belt zones. Winters are proper winters, with lots of snow. Invest in some ice skates, which you can use at the Boston Common Frog Pond or the Prudential Center Rink.
Great Health Care! Ninety-seven percent of residents have health care insurance, and it's some of the best quality health care in the country. Top hospitals include New England Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Longwood, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Boston Children's.
A world-renowned center of innovation! If you want to be on the cutting edge, move to Massachusetts. Hundreds of biotechnology companies within its borders are working on some mind-blowing projects. Kendall Square in Cambridge, right next to M.I.T., is a hub for research investment and venture capital.
Low crime rates! The amazing "Boston Miracle," which saw police reach out to communities directly to keep youth from joining gangs, delivered a big drop in crime in the 1990s, which Boston Police Department has maintained ever since through its initiatives encouraging officers to connect with the neighborhoods they police. Even law enforcement in Boston is historic: The city has the third oldest police department in the country.
Booming business! Companies like Fidelity Investments, Houghton Mifflin, and Liberty Mutual Insurance Group are happy to call Massachusetts home. In fact, 13 companies in the Fortune 500 can be found in this state. Massachusetts' unemployment rate is consistently lower than the national average.
The Charles River! This river, which runs from Hopkinton to Boston, is the site of all sorts of activities. Watch the crew teams from local universities go by out on the water, or go for a run in one of the twenty parks that line the river's shores. There are over 19 miles of natural areas along the Charles River, including the Charles River Esplanade, where there are concerts every summer. If you're into cycling, check out the Charles River Bike Path, which passes the campuses of Harvard and M.I.T.
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