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Consumer site names Marlborough fifth-best haven for job-seekers statewide

METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – A California-based consumer advocacy website has named Marlborough the fifth best place in Massachusetts for job seekers, the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation said this afternoon.

“We are very pleased to see that Marlborough is continuing to gain national recognition as a state leader in job creation and economic growth,” MEDC Executive Director Tim Cummings said of the study, which was released by San Francisco-based NerdWallet.

NerdWallet analyzed 76 of the state’s largest municipalities, the Corporation said, and ranked them based on median household income, monthly homeowner costs, population growth and unemployment rates.

Marlborough’s inclusion was bolstered by its “growing tech hub status,” 5.7 percent unemployment rate, $72,853 median household income and presence of major employers like Raytheon and Dow Electric, the Corporation said.

“Marlborough continues to grow into a top destination for biotechnology companies,” NerdWallet analyst Annie Wang said in the Corporation’s release.  “The city’s Platinum rating as a BioReady Community is a recognition that helps Marlborough attract even more biotech businesses.”

The Corporation pointed out a number of significant additions to the city’s life sciences cluster in the last year, most notably medical devices giant Boston Scientific’s plan to move its headquarters to the city in early 2014.

Medical testing services leader Quest Diagnostics also plans to bring 1,200 jobs to the city next year, and last week Boston Biomedical Associates announced plans to relocate its headquarters to the city as well.

“This newest report by NerdWallet solidifies the fact that our city is a great place for people to live, work and play and businesses to thrive, grow, and innovate,” said Cummings.

Rounding out the top five best havens for job seekers were Malden at number four, Revere at number three, Everett at number two and Newton at number one.

This story originally appeared here.