Movoto took into account desirable factors such as cost of living, crime rate, amenities and education into its analysis. Salem was highest on amenities (tied with larger cities) due to its per-capita entertainment ranking.
Boston is 28th due to its crime levels, cost of living and education numbers, which are lower than most of its suburbs.
"Salem may be famous for the witch trials of the late 1600s, but these days it is known for known for much more—namely all of the things there are to do in the city. Salem comes in on top with its amenities per capita, and third with its total number of amenities. To top it off, Salem is a good 234 miles away from New York—plenty of distance for both parties.
Salem also earned points for its rich history and early founding date in 1626. Plus, with a cost of living 26 points above the national average, it is the most affordable city in our top 10," the blog notes.
To see the complete report, visit Movoto's real estate blog