Boston, MA - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Large City
  • Population
    629,182
  • Population Density
    7,019 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    90 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    531 3.4
Boston is a large city in Massachusetts with 629,182 residents. It has very high home values, very high rent costs, and high unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have high education levels and average income levels.

Ratings and Reviews
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Neighborhoods

Niche Grade Name Population
3.00 Allston Brighton 68,108
2.33 South Dorchester 59,525
2.00 Roxbury 58,761
2.66 Fenway/Kenmore 40,227
3.00 Jamaica Plain 38,942
2.00 Mattapan 37,230
2.66 East Boston 36,796
3.00 Roslindale 33,087
3.33 South Boston 32,846
3.00 South End 32,742
2.66 Hyde Park 30,891
3.00 West Roxbury 30,511
3.33 Central Boston 29,451
3.33 Back Bay/Beacon Hill 28,154
2.66 North Dorchester 25,775
3.33 Charlestown 14,898
3.33 Logan International Airport 327

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 Brookline 58,738
4.33 Cambridge 105,737
4.33 Milton 27,094
3.33 Somerville 76,945
3.66 Watertown Town 32,352
3.66 Dedham 24,906
3.33 Quincy 92,595
2.33 Everett 42,092
1.66 Chelsea 36,222
4.33 Newton 86,241
2.66 Winthrop Town 17,763
4.00 Canton Town 21,781
2.33 Revere 52,534
4.33 Needham 29,240
2.66 Nahant 3,432
3.00 Hull 10,319

Comparable Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
2.66 Philadelphia 1,536,704
3.00 Chicago 2,706,101
3.00 New York City 8,268,999
4.00 San Francisco 817,501
3.33 Washington, D.C. 619,371

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
2.33 02151 52,534
2.00 02124 51,382
2.33 02128 43,575
3.00 02135 36,932
3.66 02130 37,541
3.00 02127 33,825
2.66 02125 34,172
3.00 02131 30,960
2.33 02115 28,928
2.66 02136 29,271
3.00 02118 27,873
3.33 02132 27,628
1.66 02126 27,984
1.66 02121 27,093
2.33 02122 24,546
2.00 02119 24,767
3.00 02215 24,213
4.00 02467 23,092
3.66 02116 21,793
2.66 02134 19,009
2.66 02152 17,763
3.66 02129 17,454
2.33 02120 14,221
3.66 02114 11,994
2.66 02111 7,771
3.00 02113 6,843
3.66 02109 4,241
3.66 02108 4,062
3.66 02163 2,100
4.00 02210 1,894
3.33 02110 1,752
3.66 02199 1,273
02203 0

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Boston Latin School Public 7-12 Middle, High
Conservatory Lab Charter School Public, Charter PK, K-6 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Excel Academy Charter School Public, Charter 5-8 Middle
4.33 Prospect Hill Academy Charter School Public, Charter K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Monument High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Pioneer Charter School of Science Public, Charter 7-12 Middle
Boston Adult Academy Public, Alternative 10-12 High
4.00 Brooke Charter School - Roslindale Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
Odyssey High School Public 9-12 High
Parkway Academy of Technology & Health Public 9-12 High
3.66 Marblehead Community Charter Public School Public, Charter 4-8 Elementary, Middle
4.00 Mystic Valley Regional Charter School Public, Charter K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 O'Bryant School of Math & Science Public 7-12 Middle, High
3.66 Community Charter School of Cambridge Public, Charter 7-12 Middle, High
3.66 Boston Latin Academy Public 7-12 Middle, High
3.66 Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School Public, Charter 5-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 Neighborhood House Charter School Public, Charter PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
3.66 Boston Preparatory Charter Public School Public, Charter 6-12 Middle, High
Social Justice Academy Public 9-12 High
2.33 William McKinley School Public 1-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 Salem Academy Charter School Public, Charter 6-12 Middle, High
Brook Farm Business & Service Career Academy Public 9-12 High
The Engineering School Public 9-12 High
TechBoston Upper Academy Public 10-12 High
Media Communications Technology High School Public 9-12 High

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
Bay Cove Academy Private, Special Education 8-12 High
4.33 Milton Academy Private K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Community Providers of Adolescent Services (COMPASS) Private, Special Education 2-12 Elementary, High
4.33 Noble & Greenough School Private 7-12 High
4.33 Winsor School Private, All-Girls 5-12 High
4.33 Buckingham Browne & Nichols School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Commonwealth School Private 9-12 High
The Judge Rotenberg Center Private, Special Education 2-12 Elementary, High
4.00 Boston University Academy Private 9-12 High
4.00 James F. Farr Academy Private, Special Education 8-12 High
4.00 The Roxbury Latin School Private, All-Boys 7-12 Middle, High
4.00 Belmont Hill School Private, All-Boys 7-12 High
4.00 Boston Trinity Academy Private, Religious 6-12 High
4.00 British School of Boston Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall School Private 9-12 High
3.66 The Cambridge School of Weston Private, Boarding 9-12 High
3.66 The Rivers School Private 6-12 High
3.66 Beaver Country Day School Private 6-12 High
Seaport Academy Private, Special Education, All-Boys 7-12 High
3.66 Lexington Christian Academy Private, Religious 6-12 High
3.66 International School of Boston Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 Walnut Hill School for the Arts Private 9-12 High
3.66 Newton Country Day School Private, Religious, All-Girls 5-12 High
3.66 St. Sebastian's School Private, Religious, All-Boys 7-12 High
3.66 Gann Academy Private, Religious 9-12 High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
4.33 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4.33 Harvard University
4.33 Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
4.33 Wellesley College
4.33 Boston College
4.33 The New England Conservatory of Music
4.33 Tufts University
4.00 Northeastern University
4.00 Babson College
4.00 Boston University
4.00 Brandeis University
3.66 Berklee College of Music
3.66 The Boston Conservatory
3.66 Bentley University
3.33 Emerson College
3.33 Gordon College
3.00 Simmons College
3.00 Wheaton College - Massachusetts
3.00 Massachusetts College of Art & Design
3.00 University of Massachusetts - Lowell
3.00 Wheelock College
2.66 Stonehill College
2.66 Merrimack College
2.66 Emmanuel College - Massachusetts
2.66 Wentworth Institute of Technology

Around Boston

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Boston, MA United States Massachusetts Boston Metro Area Chicago, IL New York City, NY Philadelphia, PA San Francisco, CA Washington, D.C.
White 46.55% 63.25% 75.71% 74.45% 32.17% 33.07% 36.59% 41.72% 35.09%
African American 22.86% 12.23% 6.27% 6.92% 31.87% 22.70% 42.02% 5.62% 49.39%
Hispanic 17.97% 16.62% 9.93% 9.37% 28.67% 28.67% 12.67% 15.19% 9.60%
Asian 8.94% 4.83% 5.54% 6.69% 5.65% 12.94% 6.45% 33.10% 3.49%
Multiracial 2.19% 2.05% 1.80% 1.81% 1.33% 1.59% 1.78% 3.26% 1.96%
Other 1.30% 0.19% 0.61% 0.64% 0.16% 0.80% 0.30% 0.46% 0.21%
Native American 0.18% 0.66% 0.12% 0.10% 0.13% 0.19% 0.18% 0.24% 0.23%
Pacific Islander 0.02% 0.16% 0.02% 0.02% 0.02% 0.04% 0.02% 0.41% 0.04%

Age

Boston, MA United States Massachusetts Boston Metro Area Chicago, IL New York City, NY Philadelphia, PA San Francisco, CA Washington, D.C.
9 years and under 10% 13% 11% 11% 13% 12% 13% 8% 10%
10 to 17 years 7% 11% 10% 10% 10% 9% 10% 5% 7%
18 to 24 years 18% 10% 10% 10% 11% 10% 13% 9% 14%
25 to 34 years 22% 13% 13% 14% 19% 17% 17% 21% 22%
35 to 44 years 13% 13% 13% 13% 14% 14% 12% 17% 14%
45 to 54 years 11% 14% 15% 15% 13% 13% 13% 14% 12%
55 to 64 years 9% 12% 13% 12% 10% 11% 11% 12% 11%
65 and over 10% 13% 14% 13% 11% 12% 12% 14% 11%

Education Levels

Boston, MA United States Massachusetts Boston Metro Area Chicago, IL New York City, NY Philadelphia, PA San Francisco, CA Washington, D.C.
Less than a high school diploma 15% 14% 11% 9% 19% 20% 19% 14% 12%
High school diploma or equivalent 22% 28% 26% 24% 23% 24% 35% 13% 19%
Some college or associate degree 19% 29% 24% 23% 24% 21% 23% 21% 17%
Bachelor's degree 24% 18% 22% 24% 20% 20% 14% 32% 23%
Master's degree or higher 20% 11% 17% 19% 14% 14% 10% 21% 30%

Gender

Boston, MA United States Massachusetts Boston Metro Area Chicago, IL New York City, NY Philadelphia, PA San Francisco, CA Washington, D.C.
Male 47.8% 49.2% 48.4% 48.4% 48.5% 47.6% 47.2% 50.8% 47.3%
Female 52.2% 50.8% 51.6% 51.6% 51.5% 52.4% 52.8% 49.2% 52.7%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Boston, MA United States Massachusetts Boston Metro Area Chicago, IL New York City, NY Philadelphia, PA San Francisco, CA Washington, D.C.
Rent 65.9% 35.1% 37.3% 38.2% 54.7% 67.8% 46.7% 63.4% 57.9%
Own 34.1% 64.9% 62.7% 61.8% 45.3% 32.2% 53.3% 36.6% 42.1%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Boston, MA United States Massachusetts Boston Metro Area Chicago, IL New York City, NY Philadelphia, PA San Francisco, CA Washington, D.C.
Assault 442.8 278.9 271.1 227.8 NA 378.4 514.2 318.2 576.1
Murder 6.1 5.0 2.1 1.8 15.2 4.0 15.9 5.8 15.9
Rape 43.3 15.3 NA 13.2 82.3 19.3 60.8
Robbery 290.2 159.8 99.6 92.5 434.3 228.3 486.9 503.9 566.2

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Boston, MA United States Massachusetts Boston Metro Area Chicago, IL New York City, NY Philadelphia, PA San Francisco, CA Washington, D.C.
Burglary 480.9 573.5 459.3 352.8 653.4 197.8 670.1 711.3 512.6
Larceny 2042.1 2079.6 1412.4 1359.6 2407.5 1404.6 2398.5 4380.5 3574.6
Motor vehicle theft 250.1 235.5 137.9 129.7 464.5 88.5 372.9 703.5 486.8

Income

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High Avg. Low
36°
22°
39°
25°
45°
31°
56°
41°
66°
50°
76°
60°
81°
65°
80°
65°
72°
57°
61°
46°
52°
38°
41°
28°
Precipitation
3.4"
3.2"
4.3"
3.7"
3.5"
3.7"
3.4"
3.4"
3.4"
3.9"
4.0"
3.8"
Snowfall
12.9"
10.9"
7.8"
1.9"
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1.3"
9"

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    Avg. High Avg. Low

  • 36°
    22°
  • 39°
    25°
  • 45°
    31°
  • 56°
    41°
  • 66°
    50°
  • 76°
    60°
  • 81°
    65°
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    65°
  • 72°
    57°
  • 61°
    46°
  • 52°
    38°
  • 41°
    28°

    Precipitation

  • 3.4"
  • 3.2"
  • 4.3"
  • 3.7"
  • 3.5"
  • 3.7"
  • 3.4"
  • 3.4"
  • 3.4"
  • 3.9"
  • 4.0"
  • 3.8"

    Snowfall

  • 12.9"
  • 10.9"
  • 7.8"
  • 1.9"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
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  • 1.3"
  • 9"

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    Avg. Temps

  • 36°
    22°
  • 39°
    25°
  • 45°
    31°
  • 56°
    41°
  • 66°
    50°
  • 76°
    60°
  • 81°
    65°
  • 80°
    65°
  • 72°
    57°
  • 61°
    46°
  • 52°
    38°
  • 41°
    28°

    Precipitation

  • 3.4"
  • 3.2"
  • 4.3"
  • 3.7"
  • 3.5"
  • 3.7"
  • 3.4"
  • 3.4"
  • 3.4"
  • 3.9"
  • 4.0"
  • 3.8"

    Snowfall

  • 12.9"
  • 10.9"
  • 7.8"
  • 1.9"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 1.3"
  • 9"