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  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Brookline is a suburb of Boston with a population of 59,180. Brookline is in Norfolk County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Brookline offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Brookline there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Brookline and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Brookline are highly rated.
About Brookline...
Population
59,180

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$758,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,005
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    51%
  • Own
    49%
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Brookline Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    54
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    2
    41
  • Robbery
    20
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    154
    500
  • Theft
    950
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    19
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$102,175
National
$55,322
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    52%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    9%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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Brookline is a great place for young professionals to live! Located within a mile of Boston, Brookline is close enough to the city that those who are interested can easily amerce themselves in city life. Alternatively, Brookline is far enough away from the city that residents aren't in the hustle in bustle of late night bars, traffic or college students. Brookline is home to many delicious restaurants and has a handful of tasteful bars as well.
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Brookline is the perfect town to start a family or raise children. There are lots of activities to offer, like the Clayroom, libraries, museums, parks, and Knight Moves, a board game cafe. People are very friendly and respectful. The area is clean. Public transportation isn't bad either, with the greenline train running down Beacon street, and the 66 bus running up an down Harvard. Downtown Boston just a fifteen to twenty minute ride away, so access to the museums, aquarium, theaters and nightlife is easy. One last thing: the town recently put in bike lanes, so biking around town is safe and fun!
Really nice and diverse people! I have had loved it here. People are very accepting, tolerant and friendly. There are lot of parks. Most youth sports, especially lacrosse, are great. There is incredible access to all that Boston offers, but easy access to western suburbs.