Sites picked Somerville and Brighton as ‘Best Places to Live in America’

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Two Massachusetts locales were recently named among the top places to live in the country by

Somerville and Brighton each nabbed one of the 100 spots on Money’s list of “The Best Places to Live in America.” While the areas may not have fared as well as the local spots featured in 2018 — when Newton came in 12th and Brookline in 42d — Somerville placed 70th and Brighton slipped in at No. 92.

Somerville is 80,945 people strong, reports, with a median household income of $92,307 and a median home price of $682,709. The Brighton neighborhood boasts a population of 59,733, a median household income of $70,657, and a median home price of $451,689.

To compile the list, the publication considered locations with a population of at least 50,000. Areas with more than double the national crime rate, less than 85 percent of the state’s median household income, a lack of ethnic diversity, or a spot on last year’s list were ruled out. The outlet then collected data points on topics including cost of living, economic health, ethnic and economic diversity, health and safety, income, and public education to narrow its search. Finally, reporters interviewed residents to get a feel for the area. The list is limited to four places per state and one per county.

Portland, Maine, and Nashua came in at 44th and 71st, respectively. The No. 1 spot, meanwhile, went to Clarksville, Tenn. is the website of the defunct Money magazine, which printed its final issue earlier this summer.

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