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Fall River, MA, Named on’s Top 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S.

Aug 7, 2023 | Attractions, Press, Visit

Fall River, MA, Is One of the Best Cities To Live in America

An idyllic small city in the Providence metro area, Fall River, MA, is quintessential New England: a textile mill history, beautiful foliage in the fall and, of course, a mysterious murder trial that people still talk about over 100 years later. Fall River was home to the infamous Lizzie Borden, who was acquitted of the murder of her father and stepmother (and whose rhyme we’ve likely all chanted at a sleepover). Visitors from all over the country are still fascinated by this case, and the city has leaned into its haunted past with the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum (stay there if you dare).

Beyond 19th-century murder cases, Fall River is known for being a Portuguese immigration hub. In fact, Fall River has the largest Portuguese population percentage-wise in the entire country, and about half of the city has roots in Portugal. (So, it’s unsurprising that you’ll have your pick of Portuguese restaurants.)

To top off all of this exciting history and culture, another thing that makes Fall River one of the best places to live in the U.S. is its proximity to higher-ed institutions like Bristol Community College and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Fall River is one of the most affordable places to live in Massachusetts and has a relatively low cost of living compared to other cities in the state. In fact, the median home value is just $363,887. Residents of this cozy city also have access to ample outdoor spaces. Surrounded by natural beauty, there are several state parks and wildlife areas nearby, including access to several beaches and parks along the water, like Fall River Heritage State Park.

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