Best place to raise kids in Massachusetts: Marlborough
Nearby city: Worcester
Median family income: $93,613
For those in Boston, Marlborough may as well be "the West," since it is closer to Worcester than to Beantown. Marlborough was incorporated 350 years ago and lays claim to the oldest operating inn in the U.S. Also home to offices for Raytheon, Compaq, and Fidelity Investments, the town has good employment opportunities as well as recreation, such as swimming and boating, in Fort Meadow Reservoir.