Massachusetts is a state widely known for its unique and important role in American history as one of the thirteen original colonies. In addition to its unique role in history and its strong roots, it is also a state with a forward-thinking future – one known for being progressive, welcoming, and friendly to all. It’s a place that offers so much to see and do for visitors and residents alike. Whether you enjoy the arts, sports, outdoor recreation, fine dining and shopping, or all of the above, you can find it here. You’ll also find that it’s a state of many wonderful cities, each with its own unique character and vibe.  If you’re a part of the LGBTQ community and you’re considering making a move to Massachusetts, there are no shortage of great cities and neighborhoods to choose from. Some of the cities you might want to consider include:

  • Boston: Boston, affectionately nicknamed “Beantown” is one of the nation’s oldest, and most historic cities. Massachusetts generally, and Boston specifically, have long had a history of progressive ideas and culture. Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage and was also the first to issue a statewide referendum on protecting transgender rights. Boston is often considered one of the most welcoming places to LGBTQ individuals in the United States and is known as being a trailblazer for equality. Read the full Boston Gay City Guide here.
  • Provincetown: Provincetown was built for the LGBTQ lifestyle. It is widely considered to be The farthest town on the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, it’s a vibrant and friendly spot that’s welcoming to all. Whether you’re checking out the local art or walking in Carnival down Commercial Street, it’s a good time year-round. Provincetown Read the full Provincetown Gay City Guide here.
  • Salem: Salem, Massachusetts is a small city of 41,340 that most people associate with the famous Salem witchcraft trials in the 17th century.  Downtown Salem is also conveniently located about 15 miles northeast of Boston, offering quick access to all of the LGBTQ nightlife and activities there. It has a small but welcoming LGBTQ community, and it also a very ecologically-minded city, dedicated to preserving the beauty of its natural areas. Halfway Read more about some of the wonderful neighborhoods in Salem here.
  • Cambridge: When people think of Harvard University and MIT, they think of incredibly smart people who are changing the world. Most people believe these two universities are in Boston, but they’re actually located in Cambridge, a city near Boston, of around 105,000 people. In addition to being an important center of learning, Cambridge is also home to many startups and innovative companies. It is also a city that is very open and welcoming to the LGBT community Read more about some of the wonderful neighborhoods in Cambridge here.

After you’ve decided which city in Massachusetts is the best fit for you, your next step should be to connect with a realtor who knows that city and its neighborhoods well, and who can help you find a home that you will love and enjoy for many years to come. If you’re ready to do exactly that, we have over 20,000 LGBTQ realtors in our extensive network at, and we are ready to help! Choose an agent and start a conversation – there is never a cost or obligation. We look forward to helping you find your perfect Massachusetts home soon!