The Benefits of Living in Lowell
If you are looking to experience big city living without the associated high costs, Lowell is the place to be. Similar to Boston, Lowell is very walkable, has a number of transportation options, educational systems like UMASS Lowell and with numerous events throughout the year, it is the perfect destination for people of all ages.
There are a number of events throughout the year in Lowell that help celebrate Lowell’s culture and diversity. One of the most compelling benefits to living in Lowell as compared to Boston is Lowell’s low cost of living. According to Rent Jungle, as of April 2017, the “average apartment rent within the city of Boston is $2811. One bedroom apartments in Boston average $2402 a month and two-bedroom apartment rents average $2987.” In Lowell, however, the average apartment rent is $1,415. That’s about a fifty percent savings in rent alone. And whether you are looking to rent or buy, there are many nice, affordable places to live.
2017 marked the city’s first Points of Light Lantern Celebration. This April event celebrated the city’s diversity and more than 700 lanterns illuminated the Western Canal. Another April event that drew a crowd was the celebration of Cambodian New Year. June kicks off Lowell’s Summer Music Series and the last weekend in July ushers in the Lowell Folk Festival that always attracts a large crowd. The Festival offers great music, events for all ages and a wide variety of delicious ethnic food. For a complete list of upcoming events and things to do, please visit: http://www.likelowell.com/things-to-do/.
The city is also rich in history – it is the birthplace of famous writer Jack Kerouac. After he published his 1957 novel On the Road, he became known as the “Father of the Beat Generation.” Today, Kerouac is buried at Edson Cemetery on Gorham Street.
If you like to shop, there are plenty of stores in and around downtown and along Merrimack Street. For the foodie, there are dozens of places to grab a bite to eat. Check out Timna’s blog Life As a Maven on local eats, fashion, and events. Sports fans can catch a UMass Lowell hockey game at the Tsongas Arena or a baseball game at LeLacheur Park, home to the Lowell Spinners.
The city is also home to about 20,000 college students enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Lowell or Middlesex Community College. These students enjoy Lowell’s culture, arts, music, restaurants, transportation options and urban community.
Whether you live in Lowell or come for a visit, the convenient location makes accessibility a breeze. Lowell is only 30 minutes from Boston with quick easy access to Route 3 and 495 via the Lowell connector. The MBTA also makes it easy to travel between Boston and Lowell on the Commuter Rail’s Lowell Line.
Lowell’s unique urban scene and rich culture and history make it a dynamic place to live, work and play.
Lowell – There is a lot to like!
Written By: Jenny Par