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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 59,246. 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 own 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
59,246

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$829,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,127
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Brookline Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    54
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    1.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    20.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    153.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    950.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    18.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    21%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    53%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    8%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    6%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Brookline

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$111,289
National
$55,322

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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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I love Brookline first of all because of its beauty and safety. Second, having a five-year-old child, I appreciate the convenience of commuting to schools here and quality of education. Third, I love that there are many restaurants, good grocery stores, and a movie theater nearby.
The only thing that I would like to improve is increasing the number of children’s activities around as dance studios, painting studios, gymnastics, etc. There are a few of them around, but not enough for the possibility of making choice.
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.