Carlisle is a quaint town northwest of Boston that offers peaceful natural surroundings and relaxed living. Carlisle is home to Great Brook Farm State Park, providing a variety of outdoor activities.
Carlisle is located south of Lowell and northwest of Boston, with convenient access to both cities.
Climate and Geography
Carlisle is located in Eastern Massachusetts, with natural areas and conservation properties designating much of the town’s geography. Great Brook Farm State Park and Cranberry Bog are on Carlisle’s northern side, and Towie Land and Davis Corridor located on the southern half of the town.
Carlisle experiences all four seasons, with sunny summers and colder winters. The wide range in temperatures provides a climate that is suitable for both summer and winter outdoor activities.
Recreation, Culture and Entertainment
Carlisle offers a variety of options for those who love outdoor recreation. Towie Land provides some of the town’s most popular hiking trails for scenic views in a wooded area.
Great Brook Farm State Park contains the Ski Touring Center, a well established site for cross country skiing in the winter months. In the summer, activities like hiking, canoeing and fishing are popular at the park.
For those who love music, Carlisle Chamber Orchestra and the Carlisle Community Chorus both hold performances and concerts throughout the year.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Carlisle has an overall higher cost of living than the national average. Sales tax rates in Carlisle, however, are on the lower end of average, at 6.25 percent. Median home cost in Carlisle is on the higher side when compared to the state and national averages. Social Security is not taxed in Massachusetts.
Both the state of Massachusetts and the Boston area score on the higher end of Gallup’s Well-Being Index.
There are no hospitals located in Carlisle, however, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital is a short distance away in Bedford. Massachusetts General Hospital is located roughly 25 miles from Carlisle, and was ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 2 in the country by U.S. News.