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Buying & Selling Boston Condos for Sale with Good School Systems

Massachusetts has the best public school system in the country, according to WalletHub’s “2022 States With the Best & Words School Systems” report.

Homebuyers carefully choose communities based on several factors, and for those raising a family or planning to, finding an area with great schools is a high priority. For many families public education is the only option, but school systems can vary widely due to resources and funding, according to the report.

WalletHub compared public school systems in all 50 states and the District of Columbia across 32 key metrics based on quality and safety.

Massachusetts ranked No. 1 with a score of 72.79, coming in tops for both quality and safety. The Bay State also ranked No. 1 for math test scores and reading test scores. It tied for first in ACT test scores with Connecticut and the District of Columbia. Massachusetts also had the lowest percentage of threatened/injured high school students in the study.

The Bay State was followed by Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland.

Boston Areas With Good School Systems

Yet, for parents determined to buy in areas associated with top schools, those bargains may be harder to come by. When housing markets go south, “areas with exceptional schools tend to hold their value better than the market overall.

Boston condo for sale prices have dropped in areas with good schools, but the declines are typically nowhere near the levels in surrounding areas with schools with poorer marks. 

State assessments, independent ratings from websites like GreatSchools and Education.com and annual magazine rankings of America’s top high schools have not only made it easy for parents to factor school test scores and parent-teacher ratios into their buying decisions, they’ve cemented the relationship between home prices and school quality.

Even residents who don’t have school-age children tend to stand behind the schools. It’s not altruism; it’s economics.