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Edgartown. Lee. Lowell? Here are the hottest housing markets in Mass.

The hottest housing markets in Massachusetts are on the ocean, in the mountains and in Gateway Cities.

The top-ranked 25 ZIP codes also include neighborhoods in Worcester, Lowell and Lawrence — evidence that the steep price increases that marked Greater Boston’s housing market for years have now spread to other cities.

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That’s according to an analysis of home values in ZIP codes across the U.S. conducted by The Business Journals. The analysis used a weighted formula to identify and index markets with the strongest — and weakest — pricing momentum through June 30. All ZIP codes had at least 5,000 residents and a base median home value of $250,000 as of 2018.

The formula emphasized six-month and one-year changes in value. Five-year and one-month changes were also included but were underweighted.

Many of the hottest ZIP codes in Massachusetts are on the Cape and Islands and in the Berkshires, a reflection in part of the continued run-up in value of vacation and second homes. The Bay State’s nine highest-scoring ZIPs are in one of those two regions.

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