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Retirement Living In MetroWest - Massachusetts

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Area Description

MetroWest is the intersection of the oldest and the newest—a world leader in technology that offers well-preserved history and unspoiled sanctuaries. The result? MORE of everything you’re looking for, midway between Boston and Worcester. Our communities offer MORE sophisticated amenities and services without the stress of an urban setting. With MORE major arteries crisscrossing the region, you’re never far from MORE of what you like: recreation in all seasons, upscale shopping and dining, cultural attractions, and traditional New England Town Commons. Focused on the future and keeping alive the past, MetroWest offers MORE for you to explore.

Includes Cities/Towns: Ashland, Framingham, Hopkinton, Natick, Sudbury.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   In MetroWest, we don’t always mean business! We balance our high tech with low stress, and that means that when we’re not working, we’re walking, crafting, biking, kayaking, relaxing, and maybe just goofing around. In fact, visitors to major nearby cities find MetroWest the quickest, easiest destination for unwinding.

Miles of trails and gardens, five state parks, three major rivers, and two wildlife sanctuaries satisfy outdoor enthusiasts. On rainy days, try upscale bowling, ice or roller skating, laser tag, and even indoor mini-golf. Every April, the Boston Marathon attracts tens of thousands of runners to the picturesque starting line in the MetroWest. But even given all those opportunities, the biggest sport in our region is SHOPPING! The Natick Mall, just 20 minutes from Boston, is New England's largest enclosed mall, and offers retailers unavailable anywhere else in New England, including a flagship American Girl store. MetroWest is also near the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets with 170 outlet stores found nowhere else in New England.

Cultural Activities

In MetroWest we keep one foot in the past while we move forward. That’s because the centuries-old culture of creativity is our foundation for future innovation. Here, arts and culture enthusiasts preserve the oldest New England venues while enjoying the most modern performance facilities.

Historic homes dating to the Salem witch trials are within blocks of the Space-Age McAuliffe Challenger Center. Botanic gardens feature the oldest species of native plants; concert halls showcase the newest musicians. Art and artifacts are our treasures: from sculpture parks to stamp exhibits, from bluegrass festivals to battlefield re-enactments, from watercolor classes to World War II’s rarest memorabilia, from Russian icons to recycled objects d’art. Plan to stay in Metrowest and put our past in your future.

Public transportation

Commuter rail serves many of our towns. In addition, the MWRTA bus travels inexpensively throughout our region (stopping at all hospitals, major retail areas, educational institutions, downtowns, and hotels), and even connects with the western-most point of the Boston subway system.

Medical Facilities

Three hospitals: MetroWest Medical Center (with two campuses), Milford Medical Center, Marlborough Hospital/UMass Memorial Medical Care

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In MetroWest, Massachusetts?

For those of you that retire in MetroWest, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 20's and highs in the upper 30's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 10's. Expect some rainy days in the winter. Assume a few days of snow with a lot of days with snow remaining on the ground.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in MetroWest such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Spring, great for a day of shopping in MetroWest!

Summertime in MetroWest is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the low 70's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the upper 50's. Expect a few days above 90°. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in MetroWest, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  15  25  36
 Feb  18  29  39
 Mar  26  36  47
 Apr  36  47  59
 May  46  58  69
 Jun  56  67  78
 Jul  61  72  83
 Aug  59  70  82
 Sep  50  62  74
 Oct  39  51  63
 Nov  31  41  52
 Dec  21  31  41

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  29  3
 Feb  0  26  1
 Mar  0  24  0
 Apr  0  9  0
 May  1  1  0
 Jun  2  0  0
 Jul  4  0  0
 Aug  3  0  0
 Sep  1  0  0
 Oct  0  7  0
 Nov  0  18  0
 Dec  0  27  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  4 "  10  16 %
 Feb  3 "  9  17 %
 Mar  5 "  11  23 %
 Apr  4 "  11  33 %
 May  4 "  12  44 %
 Jun  4 "  11  55 %
 Jul  4 "  10  61 %
 Aug  4 "  9  60 %
 Sep  4 "  9  53 %
 Oct  5 "  10  41 %
 Nov  4 "  11  32 %
 Dec  4 "  10  22 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  14 "  18  5
 Feb  10 "  14  4
 Mar  8 "  8  3
 Apr  3 "  1  1
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  2 "  1  1
 Dec  10 "  10  4

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Cost of Living for MetroWest, MA

MetroWest, Massachusetts cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Assistance in MetroWest, MA

MetroWest, Massachusetts offers the following assistance for seniors:

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does MetroWest Offer For Retirees?

MetroWest is home to a vibrant and collegial nonprofit sector. Many organizations engage with the MetroWest Nonprofit Network, which can help connect volunteers to agencies that align with their interests, whether those interests are in the areas of youth, seniors, education, helping the disadvantaged, the environment, arts and culture, or housing.

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