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Award Winning

The Town of Chelmsford has been ranked highly as a place to live and to conduct business by national magazines and reputable organizations. Some examples include:

Money Magazine Best Places to Live

Chelmsford ranked 21st out of 100 Best Places to Live in Money Magazine’s “2007 Best Places to Live - Top 100 [Towns List]” and made the top 100 list again in 2011.

  • Chelmsford is designated as “BIOREADY” by Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. Chelmsford has a silver BioReady™ status

  • Middlesex County, where Chelmsford is located, is ranked among the top 5 regions for NANOTECHNOLOGY businesses- The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies ranked Middlesex County, which includes Chelmsford, as one of the top five regions for nanotechnology business, research and education clusters. 

  • Chelmsford ranked 19th out of 351 cities, by the Massachusetts High Tech Council, in a rating of how "high tech friendly" 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts are. 

  • Chelmsford was Voted #2 in the “Top 10 list of Most Affordable Cities in the Northeast.” Chelmsford was identified by BusinessWeek.com and Sperling's Best Places to Live. This “Most Affordable Cities…” ranking was based on criteria including: better-than-average schools, lower-than-average crime rates, a manageable commute, and home prices. 

Green Community
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Chelmsford pursued Green Community designation to save energy, and do what’s right for the planet.  The town also recognized the opportunity to save money and reduce municipal operating expenses, while upgrading its systems and infrastructure.

Chelmsford views the age of its municipal buildings and their systems as both the largest challenge to energy conservation, and the biggest opportunity for savings.  Several buildings date to the 1900s and 1920s, and many of the schools were built in the 1960s and 1970s. The town has seen great success in replacing boilers and heating systems, windows, and lighting systems, with good financial return.  Chelmsford also used its Green Communities designation grant to install a 30 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the Parker Middle School, and federal stimulus funding for a 21 kW solar PV project at Chelmsford High School. The School administration building, which houses the data center for the entire school system, presents the next large challenge, given its capacity and the need for continuous cooling operation.