The city of Fall River has made it onto Livability’s list of the “Best Places to Live in the US” for 2023, and it stacks up well amongst the other cities on the list.

Who is Livability?

Livability explores what makes small-to-medium-sized cities great places to live.

“Through proprietary research studies, engaging articles, and original photography and video, we examine topics related to community amenities, education, sustainability, transportation, housing, and the economy,” said the organization. “We then leverage that expertise to develop city rankings for a range of topics including small towns, college towns, and our annual Top 100 Best Places to Live.”

This “Top 100” Is Not Like the Others

Livability only looks at cities with a population between 75,000 and 500,000, as a way of giving credit to “the little guy.”

“Our list…recognizes the unsung (or at least, less-sung) awesomeness of the many places outside of our largest metros – the cities where most Americans create dream careers, build families, launch businesses, and lead meaningful lives," it said.

It’s also important to point out that this isn’t a list of “the best city”, but rather smaller-sized cities worth considering for anyone looking to relocate.

How Livability Chooses the Top 100 Cities

With the help of Applied Geographic Solutions, Livability selects its cities based on close to 100 data points focused on the economy, housing, amenities, transportation, environment, safety, education, and health.

Here’s Why Fall River Was Chosen

Livability credits Fall River for its intriguing history, flourishing Portuguese culture, and its proximity to higher education institutions. The city is also one of the most affordable places in Massachusetts with a relatively low cost of living.

Fall River ranked highest for amenities, transportation, and education.

This is just another study that showcases why the SouthCoast is the hidden gem of Massachusetts.

Go Inside Fall River's Historic Central Congregational Church

Central Congregational Church, once the infamous Lizzie Borden's stomping grounds and a shooting location for Aerosmith's "Cryin'" music video, is up for sale. Take a look around this gorgeous property on the National Register of Historic Places.

Gallery Credit: Jackson Scott

Lizzie Borden's Maplecroft in Fall River, Massachusetts

UPDATE: Maplecroft's new owners moved in on July 19, 2022 – Lizzie Borden's 162nd birthday.

While the house where Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother were brutally murdered on August 4, 1892 may have recently been purchased, the home where she moved after being acquitted for those same murders is on the market for anyone looking to own a piece of Fall River history.

Gallery Credit: Tim Weisberg

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