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Bloomberg Businessweek named the City of Marlborough, MA “The Best Place to Raise Your Kids in Massachusetts”. The ranking pointed to the city’s undeniable community feel, high educational standards, various sports and recreation options and the multitude of employment opportunities. While the city continues to offer a relatively high living standard, Marlborough’s residential real estate prices have remained significantly below those on the outskirts of Boston.
Marlborough offers its residents a high-quality lifestyle and a wide variety of amenities, including restaurants, hotels, retail stores, sports and recreational facilities, green spaces, bike trails, beaches, ponds and creeks. From upscale eateries to casual coffee shops, the city boasts more than 100 dining establishments, serving an array of cuisines. The Solomon Pond Mall, along with a number of big-box stores and large plazas, makes shopping in Marlborough easy, convenient and fun.
For those seeking an active lifestyle, Marlborough has a number of premier indoor and outdoor sporting facilities and leagues for all ages. The 5.6-mile Assabet River Rail Trail also provides a wonderful nature escape for runners, cyclists and walkers. And if relaxing after a long week is all you want to do, then Marlborough’s beautiful beach, open spaces, conservation areas and green parks are sure to help you recharge.
In 2016, a Stanford University study showed that Marlborough students perform at a level that is 1.3 grade levels higher than the national average. In the same year, the Marlborough Public School system was recognized as a “District of Distinction” by District Administration magazine for its efforts to build an advanced STEM Early College High School program for grades 6-12. Since the STEM program’s launch, 98% of Marlborough’s early college high school students have tested proficient or advanced on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exams.
With nine major hotels and more than 1,700 guest rooms, Marlborough has the largest number of available hotel rooms in Massachusetts, outside of Greater Boston. The city’s hotels also feature over 45,000 sq. ft. of meeting space across more than 50 meeting rooms of all sizes and upwards of 4,000 free parking spaces.
Marlborough boasts a wide variety of restaurants including a number of locally owned establishments, national chains, and fast food places. Together, Marlborough’s restaurants represent the cultural mix of the city, offering international cuisines such as Brazilian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Mexican, and modern American.
For a small city, the Marlborough, MA events calendar really packs a big punch! From the region’s largest Labor Day Parade, to food festivals, music concerts, and a variety of family-friendly community gatherings, Marlborough’s events offer a little something for everyone.