Living in Burlington, MA

06/24/22  |  Nouné Karapetian

Ranked an A+ town and one of the best suburbs to live in Massachusetts by

Welcome to Burlington, MA

Ranked an A+ town and one of the best suburbs to live in Massachusetts by, the town of Burlington is up and coming. Its proximity to Boston (only 12 miles) as well as to the New Hampshire and Maine border, make it a solid choice for people. Hailed by almost 30 thousand residents for its amazing town spirit and social life, there aren’t enough good things to say about Burlington.

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The Go-Getter Lifestyle and Culture

Burlington is a town that hosts residents of all ages, but primarily young professionals and retirees. The large presence of businesses makes it a popular city for professionals to reside. No matter the background, Burlington is able to support your lifestyle.

Booming Industry (and lower taxes)

Burlington is famous for its industry. Here, you can find many large scale companies such as Oracle, Microsoft, Nuance, and Keuring Dr. Pepper. Burlington is currently ranked #13 for Best Suburbs for Young Professionals in Massachusetts and #28 for Most Diverse Suburbs in Massachusetts by The residential taxes are lower here compared to nearby suburbs because there is so much industry here. It is only $9.95 per thousand, compared to most neighboring towns where residential taxes can be up to $13 per thousand. Since there are so many well reputed companies based in Burlington, there are ample job opportunities for all ages. Be it in the food industry, in the service industry or with high tech companies like Oracle and Microsoft, there are many options to work and live in the same town. High schoolers in particular appreciate the endless starter jobs.

Shopper’s Paradise

Burlington is quite possibly one of the best places to live in Massachusetts if you love to shop. Whether you’re a shopaholic or simply enjoy the experience of window shopping, Burlington Mall is a shopping lover’s fantasy. Whenever I need new home decor or clothes, I always turn to Burlington to do all of my shopping. With over 150 stores, Burlington Mall is one of the largest and most popular malls in Massachusetts. From Primark to Kate Spade, Burlington Mall caters to shoppers of all tastes and budgets. It isn’t uncommon for people to drive 30+ minutes to shop here. For shopping in a smaller-scale setting, Wayside Commons is another great outdoor mall. You can also do a lot of shopping at the new 3rd Ave. Compared to most nearby towns, Burlington has endless opportunities for shopping.

Getting Around 

One of the main perks of living in Burlington is the access you have to transportation. MBTA buses as well as some private bus routes run throughout town. You can take the bus to any nearby subway stations and have an easy commute to Boston. Alewife station in Cambridge,   Wellington station in Medford, are both good options for commuters. You can also drive to Woburn to take the Commuter rail - you should be in the Financial district of Boston in just over an hour. If you drive, Burlington also has you covered. It is connected with many highways like Route 95 and Route 3. If you are looking to get to Boston, it is a comfortable 30-40 minute drive.

Get Your Education

On Burlington is home to six public schools; 4 elementary, one middle, and one high school. It is also home to a satellite campus of the highly respected Northeastern University. In terms of rankings, Burlington High School is ranked 142nd in Massachusetts by US News High School Rankings.

Recreation Galore

Whether you are a nature lover, an art enthusiast, or a foodie, there is something for everyone in Burlington. For those who enjoy the outdoors, Burlington has several parks to explore. The most popular ones include Mary Cummings Park, Marvin Field, Overlook Park, Rahanis Park, the Reservoir and Simonds Park. Burlington town common and Simonds park are located in the center of the town and have many opportunities for exercise and recreation. Take a stroll through the beautiful Burlington sculpture park, or take a peek at the historical museum that features vivid murals from Burlington’s rich past! For dining out, there are many options as well. Some fan favorite spots by locals include Row 34, The Friendly Toast, and OkiPoke!

Health and Wellness

Grocery shopping options are plentiful in Burlington, Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, Market Basket, Target, and Shaws! In addition, living in Burlington means you are in close proximity to the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.


Burlington is primarily composed of single family homes and condominiums. There are very few multi-families in Burlington. Burlington home prices are still more affordable that the towns nearby like Lexington or Belmont, but the prices are on the rise. The average sale price for a single family home in Summer 2022 was 897,000.
Burlington is not as close to Boston as some other Boston suburbs like Belmont, Arlington, Cambridge or Somerville, but it’s more affordable than those towns. If you need to be much closer to Boston, choose another town, like those mentioned above.

Burlington Real Estate

Looking for Burlington houses for sale? Get in touch with real estate agent Nouné Karapetian! A 30-year resident herself, Nouné has extensive knowledge of the Massachusetts market. She is all about customer satisfaction and helping her clients achieve their real estate goals. Contact Nouné Karapetian to discover your next Burlington or Watertown property.
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