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  1. Public Schools
    C
  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+
Downtown is a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts with a population of 16,769. Downtown is in Suffolk County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Downtown offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Downtown there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Downtown and residents tend to be liberal.
About Downtown...
Population
16,769

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$776,197
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,901
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    65%
  • Own
    35%
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Niche ranks thousands of neighborhoods based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    1,266.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    846.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    560.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    8,481.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    286.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$90,098
National
$55,322
Families with Children
8%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    34%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    10%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%
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Since it is the center of Boston there are a lot of dining choices as well nightlife venues. The Dumpling Cafe in Chinatown is an Emerson College favorite!
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It is a convenient area right next to the city. If I had the choice to choose to live here again I would it is a great location for me. Ranking this area compared to everywhere else in the country it will get a 4.
Boston is really an up-and-coming city. It is growing everyday with more opportunities. Most people in this area seem to work for big corporations or marketing.