BOSTON

Uncover the charms of Boston, each neighborhood tells its own story in this thriving cityscape.

Welcome to Boston

 
Boston is a bustling, world-class city with vibrant residential and commercial activity. The city is divided into many neighborhoods, each with its own character: Jamaica Plain, South End, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Allston/Brighton, Dorchester, Roxbury, SOWA, Roslindale, West Roxbury, East Boston…and more. Each has its own unique features and attractions that make it a special place to live, work, and play. 
 

Boston Real Estate Market

Boston real estate is highly desirable. Contact the Boston agents & Real Estate Agents at Prism Real Estate Group to find condos, property, townhouses, houses & homes for sale in Boston, MA. You can find information on each of these here: Boston Neighborhoods & Services
 

What to Love

It’s impossible to describe all the ways Boston is a great city. But our friends at North Bennett Street School crafted a good list of reasons to love this city. We’ve adapted and shared it below.
 
From a history of innovation, educational excellence, to quality of life, arts vibrancy, and ample green space - Boston is one of America's truly special places.
 
 
 
1. A City of Firsts
 
Boston constructed the first public park, Boston Common in 1634; the first public school, Boston Latin, in 1635; and the first subway system in the nation, known as the Tremont Street Subway, in 1897. Then there’s the first inoculation, telephone, and industrial arts school. Newer firsts include the Big Dig, which set a precedent for smart urban planning around the globe, and of course there’s the first social media network (Facebook) too.
 
 
 
2. Innovation Galore
 
With all those firsts, it’s easy to understand that Boston ranked 4th in the world for innovation and 2nd for talent concentration in the World Economic Forum’s Innovative Geographies 2022 listing. Some of the “innovation friendly” factors include cultural assets, education centers, transportation, and biking or walking accessibility. Of course, the city’s world-renowned research institutions like MIT, Harvard, and Tufts add to this cutting-edge clout, as do the thousands of digital startups and entrepreneurs that have set up operations here.
 
Boston has been described as a place where you can have serendipitous connections, unlike some U.S. cities where you can’t get out of your car. It’s true—with its small scale, extensive public transit, network of bike paths, and abundant park space, Boston is a city built for meeting new people, sharing ideas, and collaboration. Which brings us to #3.
 
 
 
3. Healthy Hearts and Minds
 
All that innovation takes work, and Boston’s got plenty of options to keep you in tip-top shape. While there’s walking, biking, running, and a host of other exercise options here, the American College of Sports Medicine named the city in its top ten fittest U.S. cities noting that Boston has the largest percent of citizens strolling or biking to work and ranked 3rd in the percentage of locals utilizing public transport. This, combined with convenient access to some of the best teaching hospitals in the country, makes Boston a healthy, happy, and wise city to call home.
 
 
 
4. Green (and Blue) Space
 
In the 19th century, acclaimed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted laid out his plan for a sprawling Emerald Necklace surrounding the city. From original green space like the Esplanade on the Charles River, the Back Bay Fens, and Boston Common to newer iterations like the 15-acre Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, all Boston neighborhoods offer outdoor opportunities for fresh air and exercise without having to leave the city limits.
 
It doesn’t stop there. Need to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city anyway? Just a ten-minute drive north and you’ll find the Middlesex Fells Reservation, with over 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking or cross-country skiing.
 
 
 
5. Quality of Life
 
Boston is one of the healthiest cities in the country with a high quality of life to match. Boston is the sixth best city in the U. S. in terms of quality of life, according to walletgenius. It notes that there are great school systems, plenty of entertainment options, and a rich cultural history to explore. In short, Boston has something to offer for just about everyone — from young families to retirees. Additionally, Boston has a strong local economy, family activities such as The New England Aquarium, and highest per capita arts funding. Speaking of art.
 
 
 
6. Cultural Attractions
 
There are countless things to do in Boston but any time spent here must include a sampling of the city’s art, music, and theatre. Boston is a city deeply committed to supporting the arts. With world-renowned institutions like the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Berklee School of Music, and Huntington Theatre Company all calling Boston their home, it’s no surprise that in 2020, the SMU DataArts Vibrancy Index listed Boston as #6 on their Top 20 Arts Vibrant Large Communities. Add to this a long list of art-fostering organizations such as the Boston Center for the Arts, and you begin to get a sense of just how vibrant Boston’s art, music, and theatre scenes are.
 
7. Boston is All About Learning
 
Boston ranked 9th in the entire world for Best Student Cities 2022 and is the only American City in the top 10. Because of its unusually high number of schools per capita, Boston’s old nickname as the Athens of America still rings true. With over 20 institutes of higher learning in the Greater Boston area, including Harvard, MIT, and Tufts, it seems fitting that the city’s mayors have described Boston as “the world’s capital of learning.”
 
 
 
8. Boston is North Bennet Street School
 
North Bennet Street School’s mission is to train students for careers in traditional trades that use hand skills in concert with evolving technology, to preserve and advance craft traditions, and to promote greater appreciation of craftsmanship. NBSS is the nation’s first trade school, at the forefront of innovative education, preserving craft and cultural traditions, and teaching students not only hand skills, but also how to have more meaningful, productive lives.
 

Local Lifestyle

Boston is a hip and vibrant urban city booming with youthful culture, history, and adventure. It balances its busy and electric vibe with a peaceful ambiance from its surrounding calm and tranquil coastal regions. The area presents the best of both worlds, as its serene oceanside environment attracts tourists and families, while its busy commercial district offers excellent employment opportunities for young professionals. 
 
Jamaica Plain is recognized for its vast green space. Deciduous forests, lush vegetation, and calm waterways are found in Jamaica Pond and Emerald Necklace’s parks. South End is famous for its historic architecture, with jaw-dropping Victorian brownstone buildings tucked along bustling streets like Tremont Street, Columbus Avenue, Shawmut Avenue, Massachusetts Avenue and number cross streets.. 
 
SOWA, although technically a part of South End, has created an identity of its own over the last decade. This beloved sub-community is a central hub for artistic culture and shopping. SOWA streets are lined with artisan shops selling high-quality, handcrafted products such as jewelry, pots, paintings, apparel, and sculptures. Lower Roxbury is a Boston community known for its mixed residential and commercial properties, where Colonial-style, Georgian, Romanesque, and Greek Revival architecture are found around every corner. 
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Boston has many dining, entertainment, and shopping centers that offer high-end products and services for families and adults. If you love Asian delicacies, consider visiting Myers + Chang at South End for a diverse menu comprised of Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, and Taiwanese dishes. Quality steak with classic side dishes, beer, and cocktails is found in South End’s Boston Chops.
 
If you are interested in a food tour featuring cuisine from various continents, consider visiting South End’s Barcelona Wine Bar, whose South American, Spanish, and Mediterranean dishes are out of this world. Treat yourself to pizza, salads, and crafted American beer at Sam Adams Boston Brewery in Jamaica Plain. They host weekly events, including trivia Tuesdays and live music Sundays. If you're looking for a more intimate experience, visit the site and schedule a tour.
 
Book a reservation at Ten Tables, located in Jamaica Plain, and enjoy an assortment of upscale wine and themed menus such as Burger Tuesday and Pasta Thursday within a refined and intimate location. If you love to explore African cuisine, you can visit the Blue Nile to try flavorsome Ethiopian dishes with vegan and vegetarian options. 
 
Incredible Indian fare like meat and vegetable curry, mango chutney, and samosa can be found at the Indian Quality Restaurant in Kenmore Square. Afterward, treat yourself to live jazz music at Darryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen.
 
Newbury Street’s selection of luxury retail is a must-see. Here, shoppers can find upscale items inside Trident Booksellers and Café, Cartier, Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Chanel, and Burberry. The urban marketplace at Faneuil Hall offers a shopping experience like no other, where guests can peruse items inside popular stores like Coach and Sephora.
 

Things to Do

Families and adults can take a stroll, have picnics, ride on Swan boats, and explore exotic trees and beautiful scenery inside the Victorian-style Boston Public Garden. Enjoy bike rides, participate in cleaning projects, and attend baseball events at Fenway Park. 
 
Artists visit the Jamaica Plain Open Studios to explore art exhibitions presented by local painters, jewelers, sculptors, and printmakers. Stop by the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Fine Art to learn about Boston’s history while exploring their featured displays. SoWa Art + Design District’s artist community hosts various contemporary art galleries, studios, fashion houses, and showrooms for guests to enjoy.
 
Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy bird watching, hiking, or taking bike rides along the trails surrounding the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. The Arnold Arboretum’s spectacular botanic gardens are home to a beautiful array of flora and fauna and make for an incredible day trip. Visit Boston Common and learn about Boston's oldest park. While there, take a leisure stroll along its walking paths or enjoy a picnic in one of its many fields. 
 
Consider visiting the Boston Symphony Hall and Boston POPS to listen to glorious melodies of classical and popular music created by their professional orchestras. 
 
Take part in one of Boston’s festivals or events. The Jamaica Plain PorchFest annually celebrates the history, art, and culture of Boston’s immigrants through live music, food, theater, and dance. 
 

Schools

Boston is home to many distinguished colleges and the largest school district in Massachusetts: Boston Public Schools. Notable schools include:
 
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Northeastern University
  • Emerson University
  • Massachusetts College of Art
 

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Overview for BOSTON, MA

689,326 people live in BOSTON, where the median age is 33.9 and the average individual income is $46,843.44. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

689,326

Total Population

33.9 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$46,843.44

Average individual Income

Around BOSTON, MA

There's plenty to do around BOSTON, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Walkable
Walking Score
72
Very Bikeable
Bike Score
71
Excellent Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Cobble, Love Child, and Sorriso Vino.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.55 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.62 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.94 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.28 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.52 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.69 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for BOSTON, MA

BOSTON has 273,188 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in BOSTON do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 689,326 people call BOSTON home. The population density is 15,562.38 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

689,326

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

33.9

Median Age

47.95 / 52.05%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
273,188

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$46,843.44

Average individual Income

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Married
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Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
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Schools in BOSTON, MA

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The following schools are within or nearby BOSTON. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Clarence R Edwards Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Dante Alighieri Montessori School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
Boston Children's School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Excel Academy Charter School
PUBLIC
5th - 12th
2/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Boston Adult Academy
PUBLIC
11th - 12th
No rating available
Boston University Academy
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Park Street School
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
PRIVATE
7th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
1/5
East Boston Central Catholic School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Learning Project Elementary School
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
St John School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Kingsley Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Snowden International School at Copley
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
East Boston Early Childhood Center
PUBLIC
PreK - 1st
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
The Advent School
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Kingsley Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Boston Green Academy Horace Mann Charter School
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
1/5
Horace Mann School for the Deaf
PUBLIC
1st - 12th
No rating available
St Joseph Preparatory High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael High School For Boys
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Gardner Pilot Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Italian Home For Children
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
St Herman Of Alaska Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
German International School Boston
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
MATCH Charter Public School
PUBLIC
PreK - 12th
1/5
Baldwin Early Learning Center
PUBLIC
PreK - 1st
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
2/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
St Columbkille Partnership School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
British International School Of Boston
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Boston Collegiate Charter School
PUBLIC
5th - 12th
4/5
Roxbury Preparatory Charter School
PUBLIC
5th - 12th
2/5
Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy Charter Public School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
Bridge Boston Charter School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
5/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
2/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 1st
No rating available
PUBLIC
3rd - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 2nd
No rating available
PRIVATE
7th - 12th
No rating available
Our Lady Of Perpetual Help/Mission Grammar School
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
St John Paul II Catholic Academy Columbia Camp
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
UP Academy Charter School of Boston
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
James P Timilty Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
William Monroe Trotter
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Haynes Early Education Center
PUBLIC
PreK - 1st
No rating available
Community Academy of Science and Health
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
PRIVATE
3rd - 10th
No rating available
South Boston Catholic Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
City on a Hill Charter Public School Circuit Street
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Boston Day and Evening Academy Charter School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers (Horace Mann
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
O'Bryant School Math/Science
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
5/5
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
Maurice J Tobin
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
Lilla G. Frederick Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
Boston Collaborative High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
1st - 12th
No rating available
Cristo Rey Boston High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Nativity Preparatory School
PRIVATE
4th - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Cathedral High School
PRIVATE
7th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
5/5
UP Academy Charter School of Dorchester
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Greater Egleston Community High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Margarita Muniz Academy
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
5th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
Dr. William Henderson Upper
PUBLIC
2nd - 12th
1/5
Boston International High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
St John Paul II Catholic Acad.-Neponset Campus
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available