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Charlestown, Massachusetts, located North of the Charles River on a peninsula connected to downtown Boston by the Charlestown bridge, is well known for its rich history. The neighborhood is home to the Bunker Hill Monument, The Freedom Trail, and the famous U.S.S. Constitution. The oldest neighborhood in Massachusetts, Charlestown has seen its share of changes over time by becoming more diverse, young, and gentrified.
For many, Charlestown provides ample accommodation for adults as they mature into their later years. The prestigious Mass General Hospital is located just across the Charlestown Bridge, allowing convenient access for those who seeking treatment, and the Mass General Charlestown Healthcare Center is conveniently located in the heart of Charlestown for easy access to care. The Center offers wheelchair accessible transportation for the elderly and disabled persons in the community who need assistance to make it to their appointments. If one is looking for public transportation options, the MBTA orange line has a stop in Sullivan Square, located on the Charlestown neck. Charlestown has had its share of gentrification in recent years, leading to a sharp divide between demographics in the neighborhood.
Recently, there has been an increase in the wealthy population, as well as an increase in the very poor. If you can afford the upscale housing in Charlestown, the living areas, food options, and shopping are nice and continuing to grow in quality. Residents who have grown up there stress the difficulties of dealing with the changes with an increased cost of living. Yet the community is described as very friendly and accepting to newcomers. Residents say that they feel very safe in Charlestown, but longtime residents acknowledge their frustration with the lack of affordable housing, shopping, and a general crowdedness of the neighborhood.
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How did Massachusetts earn the grade of C? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Massachusetts has a state sales tax of 6.25%. Of particular interest is that Massachusetts does not have taxes on social security. There are estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Massachusetts has an effective property tax rate of 1.21%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Massachusetts earned its state tax grade of C.
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