Mansfield selectmen are always bemoaning the fact that the town has too many children in it. They do not want to attract that demographic to Mansfield.
Its only caveat is that it is easy to get from anywhere from Mansfield. So, nothing but a commuter town. Always traveling to other towns for food, entertainment and family-friendly activities.
The rail line through Mansfield may not be as rough as a Stoughton line.
Mansfield:In the last year the average price for single families was $387,924. 118 homes sold with an average of 118 days on the market. The average sale price to original price discount on single family home is 8%
This data shows the markets to be fairly similar in terms of single family demand and average values.
Choosing school systems is a very personal decision so I would advise you to check out websites such as http://www.greatschools.net/ and http://www.yelp.com to see how people living in those areas rate the school systems.
I hope this helps get your started.