Yonah Freemark | Broken Sidewalk

The city's new bus terminal is part of the reason Attleboro received a "gold rating" for affordability and accessibility among regional urban centers. (Staff file photo by Mark Stockwell)
The city’s new bus terminal is part of the reason Attleboro received a “gold rating” for affordability and accessibility among regional urban centers. (Staff file photo by Mark Stockwell)

Americans love rankings. We rank movies, sports teams, colleges. “No. 2: Eternal Rest Meadows has lovely landscaping, beautiful pathways but just misses out on our number one spot for its lack of valet parking.”

And Attleboro is no stranger to any number of lists of this sort. Not long ago, the Jewelry City was rated as the “second most boring” city in the commonwealth by a real estate group whose staff had way too much time on its hands.

But now the city’s been ranked at the highest level in a couple of categories that recognize the fact that Attleboro’s citizens can look to a promising future. The new study, “Metro Boston: Walk-Up Wake-Up Call,” which looked at 57 walkable centers throughout Eastern Massachusetts, gave the city a “gold rating” in affordability and accessibility. Attleboro was classified as a “regional urban center” with a walkable urban core and access to public transportation in the study, which was published by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at the George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C., and Boston’s Northeastern University Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, with the assistance of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. Read more