A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$423,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,369
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    65%
  • Own
    35%

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
    432
    283
  • Murder
    7
    6
  • Rape
    36
    41
  • Robbery
    227
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    273
    500
  • Theft
    1,696
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    181
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$58,516
National
$55,322
Children
14%
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%

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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!
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For the past 20 years, I have enjoyed visiting Boston from my original home in New Hampshire, and now, from my home in central Maine. As a native New Yorker, I love the hometown atmosphere, helpful people, ease of public transportation, and the cultural diversity. From late summer 20 16, I have spent weeks and months at a time seeking medical treatment in Boston. I have found the taxi drivers, police, and people on the streets to be kind and supportive, offering assistance as well as clear directions. I also love Chinatown, with fantastic herb stores, gift shops and authentic restaurants. I'm going back to Boston for follow-up appointments, and I am looking forward to spending more time in this wonderful city!
I was worried that partying and rowdiness was going to be the norm in a college town like Boston, but I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of activities. Foodies, adventurers, history buffs, and science nerds all have a place in Boston. I could go kayaking on the Charles River in the morning and have a savory and authentic lunch in China town. I could even take a quick walk to see Paul Revere's house and other landmarks of our nation on the same day! I didn't just come here for fun though, Boston is home to many top medical hospitals and research facilities that make it the perfect place to get an internship or post grad job. The transportation system in Boston makes getting around painless and relatively quick, and even has a special place in my heart. The fast paced city life, the color of the locals, and something about the historic architecture energizes and motivates you to push yourself hard and far in this vibrant city.