Massachusetts is one of the quintessential New England states, rich in both culture and history. The vast majority of rental properties are centralized in Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk Counties, which make up the Greater Boston region. Typically, housing options range between two- to four-bedroom townhouses and colonials. There is a healthy mix of new and old construction throughout the rental market.
There are seven unofficial demographic regions in this small New England state: Northeast, Southeast, Greater Boston, Central, Pioneer Valley, Berkshire, and the Cape. The largest of the group, the Greater Boston region is home to the historic city of Boston, and is the economic and cultural hub of Massachusetts. Cape Cod, or "the Cape," as it's known, famous for its sandy New England beaches and quaint towns, is home to seasonal and permanent residents alike. Pioneer Valley is a mostly forested, rural area. The region does host a number of prestigious liberal arts colleges, including Mount Holyoke, Smith and Amherst. Central Massachusetts is home to Worcester, which has become a leader in the biotechnology and healthcare industries, largely due to its proximity to UMass. Finally, the Berkshire region, located on the western edge of the state, is a largely rural region, but has a thriving tourist industry.
While many Massachusetts towns are steeped in American Revolutionary history, the state has more to offer than historical sites and tourist attractions. Boston is a bustling metropolitan area with a thriving population and culture. Home to three professional sports teams, dozens of universities, and a flourishing healthcare industry, many Massachusetts residents have centralized around the Greater Boston area. In the summertime, many residents escape to the Cape, where they can enjoy lobster in Yarmouth, or take in the colorful culture of Provincetown, which is home to a number of art galleries and studios. For those who wish to escape it all, the Berkshires offer picturesque hiking paths, including the Appalachian Trail.