Cities on the Rise in Massachusetts- Full Ranking

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Check out our in-depth analysis of the top 10 cities on the rise in Massachusetts here.

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Rank City 2009-2012 Working-Age Population Growth 2009-2012 Employment Growth 2009-2012 Median Income Growth
1 Westfield 1.3% 8.9% 23.3%
2 Everett 17.9% 2.0% 2.8%
3 Newton 1.8% 5.5% 20.3%
4 Methuen 10.9% (1.3%) 4.3%
5 Lawrence 10.7% (5.8%) 9.8%
6 Melrose 5.2% 5.8% 0.8%
7 Revere 4.2% (2.4%) 12.3%
8 Winchester (0.4%) 8.8% 2.1%
9 Belmont 5.3% (3.2%) 8.9%
10 Milford 0.9% (10.1%) 24.1%
11 Cambridge 0.8% (3.4%) 15.1%
12 Stoneham 2.3% 5.5% 1.2%
13 Salem 5.6% (4.3%) 8.2%
14 Lynn 4.8% (3.5%) 7.9%
15 Beverly 1.0% (0.8%) 9.6%
16 New Bedford 5.4% (1.8%) 4.3%
17 Arlington 5.2% (3.6%) 6.3%
18 Quincy 2.6% (1.4%) 6.8%
19 Reading 5.9% (5.8%) 7.6%
20 Norwood (2.1%) (0.8%) 12.0%
21 Holyoke (2.5%) 1.6% 9.4%
22 Leominster 2.7% (0.6%) 4.7%
23 Chelsea (3.0%) 4.4% 6.4%
24 Chicopee (0.6%) (3.0%) 12.4%
25 Burlington 1.3% (5.9%) 12.9%
26 Somerville (2.0%) (3.1%) 13.6%
27 Medford 2.5% (0.5%) 3.5%
28 Waltham (1.6%) 1.6% 6.6%
29 Needham 3.8% 3.9% (5.1%)
30 Malden 7.2% (4.9%) 1.3%
31 Lowell 4.5% (2.1%) 1.6%
32 Marblehead (0.7%) 2.2% 3.0%
33 Water (3.0%) 2.1% 5.3%
34 Marlborough 2.3% 2.7% (3.4%)
35 Woburn 0.0% 0.2% 3.2%
36 Lexington 4.0% (4.7%) 3.5%
37 Northampton 1.5% (3.4%) 5.2%
38 Dedham 1.7% 1.2% (1.5%)
39 Wellesley 3.6% 0.4% (3.2%)
40 Peabody (1.2%) (1.1%) 5.3%
41 Haverhill 1.6% (3.3%) 3.8%
42 Pittsfield 4.4% (1.7%) (3.3%)
43 Framingham 3.1% (4.7%) 2.1%
44 Wilmington 0.9% (3.0%) 2.7%
45 Boston (0.1%) (5.5%) 7.0%
46 Springfield (0.6%) (3.9%) 5.7%
47 Milton 3.5% (2.8%) (2.2%)
48 Randolph 6.1% (13.1%) 7.3%
49 Danvers (3.6%) (5.1%) 10.0%
50 Gloucester (3.0%) (5.6%) 9.1%
51 Attleboro 0.6% (9.2%) 8.1%
52 Worcester (0.2%) (6.0%) 3.7%
53 Brockton 3.2% (11.6%) 5.8%
54 Brookline 5.4% (8.7%) (3.4%)
55 Fall River (3.1%) (6.9%) 6.4%
56 Saugus 1.6% (7.9%) 0.9%
57 Wakefield (0.2%) (0.1%) (7.1%)
58 Taunton 3.2% (15.1%) 6.8%
59 Fitchburg (2.1%) (8.3%) 2.7%
60 Barnstable (2.4%) (10.8%) 3.9%
61 Gardner (2.8%) (12.4%) 2.9%

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Methodology

The overall score for each city was derived from these measures:

1. Population growth from 2009 to 2012 made up 33.3% of the total score. Data for the working-age population (16+) comes from the 2009 and 2012 U.S. Census American Community Survey 3-year estimates for all places in the state, Table CP 03.

2. Employment growth from 2009 to 2012 made up 33.3% of the total score. Data for the percent of employed residents comes from the 2009 and 2012 U.S. Census American Community Survey 3-year estimates for all places in the state, Table CP 03.

3. Income growth from 2009 to 2012 made up 33.3% of the total score. Data for the median earnings for full-time, nonseasonal workers comes from the 2009 and 2012 U.S. Census American Community Survey 3-year estimates for all places in the state, Table S2409.

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