B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    D+
  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
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$393,600
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,320
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    66%
  • Own
    34%

Boston Rankings

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

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    432
    273
  • Murder
    6
    6
  • Rape
    36
    41
  • Robbery
    233
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    354
    525
  • Theft
    1,770
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    192
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$55,777
National
$53,889
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    18%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%
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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!
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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.
Boston is a fantastic city with a ton of different activities at any given time! In the summer time, there are loads of free events (concerts, park performances, museum openings, and sports events) for people of all ages, and the city really comes to life when the weather gets warm. The city is incredibly walkable, and the public transportation (though sometimes inconsistent and a little pricey) makes getting around really easy. Each neighborhood has a unique atmosphere, and the local bars and restaurants definitely add to those. Prices for rent and drinks in the city can be a little high, but for a young adult the night life is pretty great.