Boston

146 reviews
  1. City in Massachusetts
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Real Estate
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$379,500
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$1,298
National
$904
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    66%
  • Own
    34%
  • K-8 Schools
  • High Schools
  • Colleges

    Crime & Safety

    Crime & Safety
    C
    Based on violent and property crime rates.
    Violent Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Assault
      418
      264
    • Murder
      8
      5
    • Rape
      43
      37
    • Robbery
      257
      135
    Property Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Burglary
      410
      1
    • Theft
      1,998
      2,114
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
      231
      257

    Residents

    Diversity
    A+
    Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
    Median Household Income
    $54,485
    National
    $53,046
    Children
    14%
    Education Levels
    National
    • Master's degree or higher
      20%
      11%
    • Bachelor's degree
      24%
      18%
    • Some college or associate's degree
      18%
      29%
    • High school diploma or equivalent
      22%
      28%
    • Less than high school diploma
      15%
      14%

    Reviews

    146 reviews
    • Excellent
      23
    • Very Good
      47
    • Average
      60
    • Poor
      15
    • Terrible
      1
    Boston is great! We have the Sox, Pats, Bruins, and Celtics. Home time pride is huge here! regardless, the environment is still welcoming. Long-term residents and locals make you feel at home. The only down side to such a progressive community is, the over aggressive gentrification. Destroying the livelihood of the city, in order to attract more money. Constant construction with horrendous driving makes for a disaster. Long story short, try some roast beef from Kellys' and enjoy the phenomenal architecture.
    • Current Resident
    • 11 days ago
    Boston is an interesting place to visit but a difficult place to live in. For one thing, everything in Boston is ten dollars more expensive than it should be. Driving in Boston is a nightmare. It is similar to playing Chutes and Ladders with your car (its a board game). Outside of commuting and purchases, it is vibrant with culture, history, and an incredible bounty of assorted employment opportunities. Don't be fooled though! If it looks like a high salary, its a mediocre one in Boston, thanks to the escalated costs of living. Overall, a nice place to experience but not to reside within.
    • Works Here
    • 2 months ago
    Boston is an amazing city, and one that doesn't necessarily get the credit for it. As far as big cities go, Boston is small, but it really the biggest draw. If you've ever felt anxiety simply walking onto a sidewalk in New York, Chicago, or DC, that will all change once you come here. There is a great amount of foot traffic, but not so much that you ever feel like someone is stalking you, or gearing up to mow you down. The social scenes are aplenty and plenty fun, too! Boston is home to some of the best schools in the country, has a wonderful art scene, and is a lot cleaner than a city like New York, which really makes a world of difference to me. Come to Boston! You won't regret it!
    • Current Resident
    • 1 month ago