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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
    405.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    8.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    40
    40.7
  • Robbery
    168.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    266.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,583.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    166.1
    284

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 am currently a college student studying at Boston University. Coming from California, Boston was a huge change of scenery for me. Although the city atmosphere took some time to get used to, I can now definitely say that I consider Boston a second home. Although being in a city can make it quite expensive, if you find the right people to do things with, there are very many fun, free/ cheap things to do! Whether it be walking around Seaport and taking in the beautiful skyscrapers and harbor, enjoying a day at Boston Commons and the historical sites, or sitting on the beautiful Greenway at North End, Boston truly has something for everyone. The only thing I would change is probably transportation efficiency, as well as the seemingly never-ending construction at BU. Still, Boston is a relatively small city, so once you get to a central location you can pretty much walk anywhere, which I really enjoy. Boston has been a great experience for me and there’s always more to explore!
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Boston is a city like no other. Its architecture boasts both old and new. With city regulations, it ensures that the city remains vibrant without compromising on his history. As my brother put it, "Boston has more sky than any other city I've seen". The high rise buildings are spaced apart to allow natural light to illuminate the city.

Contrary to popular belief, I have found Bostonians a friendly bunch! They are warm in their demeanour and are proud to show you around their amazing city! The green spaces in the city are always near by- offering a slice of nature at your leisure.

You haven't experienced Boston proper unless you've enjoyed a lobster roll or a sports game! With many amazing teams to choose from, whether it's a Red Sox game, a Celtics match, the Bruins or the Patriots, you can always count on good cheer and atmosphere from the locals supporting local teams!
Boston is a very fun city with nonstop activities. Its rich historical background provides the opportunity for tourists to take endless tours and absorb all its events. Boston is also home to many museums, such as the Museum of Science or the Museum of Fine Arts, places where one is able to destress and admire beauty at a low cost. The city is beautiful, with a mix of amazing historic buildings and huge glamorous skyscrapers. Just amazing!