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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
  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
    A+
  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
$933,200
National
$217,500
Median Rent
$2,268
National
$1,062
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
    67.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    3.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    23.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    74.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    768.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    10.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    20%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    54%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    20%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    8%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    6%
    27%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    12%

Working in Brookline

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$117,326
National
$62,843

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Brookline Reviews

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Every day I feel grateful to live in such a safe, beautiful, and diverse town like Brookline! The town of Brookline is very close to downtown Boston (15-20 minute train ride at the most). That being said, there are plenty of amenities available in Brookline itself that make traveling downtown necessary only occasionally, including Trader Joe's and many delicious restaurants and bars. Having grown up in a major city, I appreciate how safe I feel in Brookline even late at night. The town attracts people from all over the world, many of whom move here for professional opportunities. I have never had to worry about the streets being plowed in the winter, as the town is extremely on top of it! Honestly, this is as close to a Utopia town as you can get, and the only downside is that the housing stock is pretty old and expensive. Your best bet is to buy an apartment if you can and make it over, or find a rental property that the landlord is willing to renovate.
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Brookline is a super cute neighborhood. I moved their for my last year of college and have lived there for the past 3 years. It feels like an escape from the city without being too far from downtown. There are great parks, restaurants, and activities. It is extremely safe area and full of mostly college students and young families. I wish I could have stayed longer but life took me to another location. My only downside to the area is that the rent is pretty high in desirable locations such as Coolidge Corner and parking can be kind of difficult. Otherwise it's a great place to live and I would recommend it to young professionals and families.
Brookline is a wonderful, quiet community for all people, including young professionals, families, and retirees. It has a very neighborly feel and is relatively quiet. Two major subway lines run through it in addition to many MBTA bus routes. The cost of living can be high, but there are also some affordable housing options.