81 reviews
  1. Suburb of Boston, MA
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Real Estate
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$703,300
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$1,848
National
$904
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    249
    264
  • Murder
    0
    5
  • Rape
    2
    37
  • Robbery
    29
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    155
    575
  • Theft
    1,113
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    20
    257

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$93,640
National
$53,046
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    52%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    9%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Brookline Reviews

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I really like Brookline. It is a friendly town and I have always felt safe living here. There is shopping in Coolidge Corner with a lot of great shops and the location is close to public transportation and not that far from Boston. The rent is on the higher end but I have learned to accept it when the neighborhood I live in is clean and safe. The one thing that they could improve on is making sure in the winter that the sidewalks are clean for pedestrians. They do a great job in snow removal for the drivers, but forget about the people who don’t walk not to mention the people who are elderly and disabled.
I love Brookline! Close to many things and T which is a plus! People are also very friendly. However, the no more plastic bags was a little frustrating.
Housing is generally nice, very little vacant or abandoned properties. Cost is high because it is one of Boston's most desirable neighborhoods, school district is one of the best so many people move here for the schools. There isn't a "bad" area to live in Brookline, if anything, I would say avoid Beacon street, for the noise level, it's a major thoroughfare into Boston. Best areas if amenities are key, Brookline Village, Washington Square, Coolidge Corner. Best areas if yard/property is key, many properties may be found in the south, south-west part of Brookline county lines. But there are also large (expensive) properties closer to Boston that are hidden in the center of blocks (dead end streets that go to the interior of the block).