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The North Shore of Massachusetts is a coastal region located north of Boston, extending from the New Hampshire border to the city of Lynn.  Exactly which cities and towns are considered to be part of the North Shore is up for debate and can change depending on who you ask. Regardless, It is known for its picturesque seaside towns, historic landmarks, and beautiful natural scenery.

Pros of living on the North Shore of MA:

  1. Natural beauty: The North Shore boasts beautiful beaches, parks, and nature reserves, including the famous Crane Beach and the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.

  2. Rich history and culture: The North Shore is home to many historic landmarks, including Salem, which is famous for the witch trials of 1692. It is also known for its vibrant arts and cultural scene.

  3. Excellent schools: The area is home to many excellent public and private schools, including some of the best-ranked schools in the state.

  4. Access to Boston: While not as close to Boston as the South Shore, the North Shore is still within a reasonable commute to the city.

  5. Outdoor activities: There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, including hiking, fishing, boating, and skiing in nearby New Hampshire.

Cons of living on the North Shore of MA:

  1. Cost of living: The North Shore is known for its high cost of living, including expensive housing, taxes, and general expenses.

  2. Traffic congestion: Like the South Shore, the North Shore can experience heavy traffic during peak commuting hours.

  3. Limited job opportunities: While there are many small businesses and local companies, job opportunities may be limited compared to larger cities.

  4. Crowded beaches: The area is a popular tourist destination, which can lead to crowded beaches and traffic during the summer months.

  5. Weather: Winters on the North Shore can be long and cold, with occasional storms and heavy snowfall.

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