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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A
Boston is a city in Massachusetts with a population of 669,158. Boston is in Suffolk County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Boston offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Boston there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Boston and residents tend to be liberal.
About Boston...
Population
669,158

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$455,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,445
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    65%
  • Own
    35%
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Boston Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    412.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    8.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    42.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    205.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    308.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,603.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    176.5
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    15%
  • 25-34 years
    24%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    18%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Boston

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$62,021
National
$55,322
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I love Boston because it is one of most beautiful cities in the world. There is so much love and pride citywide, especially because our sports teams are AMAZING! We truly are the CITY OF CHAMPIONS. However, I wish there was more integration geographically speaking. The Italians live in the North End, the Irish live in South Boston, African Americans live in Mattapan, the list goes on. I wish that my extremely racially diverse city would integrate themselves more so we can all become more culturally and socially aware.
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I was born and raised in Boston my entire life and every time I travel to another part of the country, my heart just wants to return back home. Boston is a very historical city and offers an array of different sites to peruse to ensure that you have a good time! From housing one of the most famous art museums in the Museum of Fine Arts to the famous Freedom Trail that makes its way through Faneuil Hall, there is something for everyone from every walk of life to do when they come to visit Boston. The only complaint I have about Boston is that it prides itself upon being a liberal city, but there is a clear divide between ethnic groups and non people of color. For many people visiting Boston or moving here for work purposes, this division does go unnoticed. It is also an expensive city to live in. It's a beautiful city, but it does come at a hefty cost.
I have lived in this city all my life. The only time I have left to live somewhere else is for college. It's a big city, but a small town. Everybody knows everybody some how some way. Everyone is from everywhere, from the Carribean to Europe. Boston is a city of champions ( with a small curse). We have some of the best players and best teams. The birthplace of influential individuals from presidents to actors. A city where besides sports its also known for its education, health sciences, and rich history. No matter where I move to, Boston will always be home. You can take the girl out of Boston, but you can't take the Boston out of the girl!