Using data from the census bureau and the department of revenue it’s clear to see that Framingham has done better than comparable “cities” getting State and Federal funding.

For comparison, here’s a look at communities within 35 miles of Framingham which also fell within close range of Framingham’s population, household income, and home values.

Framingham’s population is approx. 69,900 so this data includes communities with a population of 49,900 to 89,900 (+/- 20,000).

Framingham’s average household income is approx. $69,000 so this data includes communities with an average household income of $59,000 to $79,000 (+/- $10,000).

Framingham’s average home value is $344,400 so this data I includes communities with an average home value of $244,400 to $444,400 (+/- $100,000).

Four communities meet all the criteria. Here’s how they compare to Framingham for state and federal funding in fiscal year 2015 (the most current year for which complete data is available from the dept. of revenue).
As compared to Framingham:

City of Medford:
42% less total state funding
29% less state funding per capita
48% less total federal funding
36% less federal funding per capita

City of Peabody:
42% less total state funding
22% less state funding per capita
68% less total federal funding
56% less federal funding per capita

City of Waltham:
60% less total state funding
55% less state funding per capita
8% less total federal funding
4% more federal funding per capita

City of Weymouth:
19% less total state funding
3% more state funding per capita
55% less total federal funding
43% less federal funding per capita

The entire peer group combined received:
41% less total state funding
25% less state funding per capita
45% less total federal funding
33% less federal funding per capita

Overall, Framingham is doing better in funding than comparable “cities” – without having a Mayor and without that “seat at the Governor’s Mayoral table” (which is being touted as a reason to adopt city status).