5) Newton, Massachusetts
The town of Newton is a good choice for first-time home-buyers who commute to Boston for work. This suburban town is located just seven miles west of downtown Boston. Plus, if you don’t want to drive, it’s easy to reach the downtown Boston area by public transit. The median home price in Newton is a bit high at $880,400. However, Newton also has a high median household income of $118,639. Plus, Newton has a low unemployment rate of just 3.7 percent. On sunny days, Newton residents head to one of the city’s numerous parks, like the woodsy Cold Spring Park and the scenic Hammond Pond Reservation. There are also a variety of golf courses available for golfers, including the Brae Burn Country Club and the Newton Commonwealth Golf Course.