Boston

168 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%
  • Public Schools
  • Private 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
      575
    • 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

    168 reviews
    • Excellent
      37
    • Very Good
      54
    • Average
      61
    • 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
    • 2 months 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
    • 3 months ago
    My experience so far in Boston has been amazing! I arrived Boston in the Fall of 2015 as a freshman college student. Boston is a college town due to the many colleges situated there. On frequent trips around the city, I have met a lot of interesting and fun people. Boston has a lot of unique attractions also such as the Museum of Fine Arts and the legendary Fenway Park. But of all Boston's, positives there is but one unique negative...the nightlife! Nightlife in Boston closes between 1/2am which is way too early. I wish it would go on a little bit to say 4 am.
    • Current Resident
    • 1 month ago