Boston, MA - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Large City
  • Population
    639,594
  • Population Density
    7,019 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    90 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    840 3.4
Boston is a large city in Massachusetts with 639,594 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
3.4 from 840 reviews
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    • 4
    Crime & Safety at Mission Hill: As long as I am aware of my surroundings and smart about not walking through specific small areas, I always feel safe!
    • 3
    Overall Experience at Mission Hill: If I was able to pick up my university and move it to a different city instead of Boston, I would. I'm not a huge fan of the environment, especially the weak music scene, and the living cost is extremely high.
    • 4
    Crime & Safety at Brighton: I have never seen any major crimes occur in my neighborhood. In fact there is a police station down the street.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at Brighton: overall the area is very accessible to many places to eat and transportation services. It is also safe . I wish I was a little cleaner however.
    • 3
    Housing at Dorchester: Housing is not bad, but rent little high.

Neighborhoods

Niche Grade Name Population
Dorchester 124,142
Roxbury 53,021
Brighton 48,778
East Boston 44,512
Jamaica Plain 44,167
Hyde Park 39,994
West Roxbury 39,642
South Boston 39,266
Roslindale 34,308
Allston 32,883
Fenway 32,494
Mattapan 28,530
South End 26,790
Back Bay 21,766
Charlestown 20,190
Mission Hill 18,263
Downtown 14,806
North End 12,596
Beacon Hill 9,097
Chinatown 7,379
Longwood Medical Area 5,643
West End 5,020
South Boston Waterfront 4,804
Bay Village 1,723
Leather District 1,092
Harbor Islands 335

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 Brookline 59,016
4.33 Cambridge 106,844
4.33 Milton 27,204
4.00 Somerville 77,560
4.00 Watertown Town 32,880
4.00 Dedham 25,111
4.00 Quincy 92,920
2.66 Everett 42,758
2.66 Chelsea 37,084
4.33 Newton 86,945
3.00 Winthrop Town 17,992
4.00 Canton Town 22,036
3.00 Revere 53,258
4.00 Needham 29,540
3.00 Nahant 3,451
3.00 Hull 10,324

Comparable Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
3.66 Philadelphia 1,546,920
3.66 Chicago 2,712,608
3.33 New York City 8,354,889
4.33 San Francisco 829,072
4.00 Washington, D.C. 633,736

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Boston Latin School Public, Coed 7-12 Middle, High
3.00 Conservatory Lab Charter School Public, Charter, Coed PK, K-7 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
4.00 Excel Academy Charter School Public, Charter, Coed 5-8 Middle
3.66 Prospect Hill Academy Charter School Public, Charter, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 Pioneer Charter School of Science Public, Charter, Coed 7-12 Middle, High
Boston Adult Academy Public, Alternative, Coed 11-12 High
4.00 Brooke Charter School - Roslindale Public, Charter, Coed K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.33 Marblehead Community Charter Public School Public, Charter, Coed 4-8 Middle
3.33 Mystic Valley Regional Charter School Public, Charter, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 O'Bryant School of Math & Science Public, Coed 7-12 Middle, High
3.33 Community Charter School of Cambridge Public, Charter, Coed 7-12 Middle, High
3.66 Boston Latin Academy Public, Coed 7-12 Middle, High
3.33 Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School Public, Charter, Coed 5-12 Middle, High
3.33 Neighborhood House Charter School Public, Charter, Coed PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
3.00 Boston Preparatory Charter Public School Public, Charter, Coed 6-12 Middle, High
William McKinley School Public, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.33 Salem Academy Charter School Public, Charter, Coed 6-12 Middle, High
1.66 Boston Day & Evening Academy Charter School Public, Charter, Coed 9-12 High
3.00 Roxbury Preparatory Charter School Public, Charter, Coed 5-8 Middle
Baldwin Early Learning Center Public, Coed PK, K-1 Pre-K, Elementary
3.33 Boston Collegiate Charter School Public, Charter, Coed 5-12 Middle, High
3.66 Fenway High School Public, Alternative, Coed 9-12 High
3.66 Boston Arts Academy Public, Alternative, Coed 9-12 High
Early Learning Center - West Zone Public, Coed PK, K-1 Pre-K, Elementary
2.66 Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School Public, Charter, Coed K-6 Elementary

Top Private Schools

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

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Harvard University
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Wellesley College
Boston College
The New England Conservatory of Music
Tufts University
Northeastern University
Babson College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Berklee College of Music
The Boston Conservatory
Bentley University
Emerson College
Gordon College
Simmons College
Wheaton College - Massachusetts
Massachusetts College of Art & Design
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
Wheelock College
Stonehill College
Merrimack College
Emmanuel College - Massachusetts
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 46.03% 63.25% 75.00% 74.45% 32.17% 32.74% 36.20% 41.42% 35.38%
African American 22.69% 12.23% 6.37% 6.92% 31.45% 22.58% 41.76% 5.51% 48.72%
Hispanic 18.37% 16.62% 10.24% 9.37% 28.95% 28.82% 13.03% 15.26% 9.88%
Asian 9.08% 4.83% 5.75% 6.69% 5.69% 13.15% 6.63% 33.30% 3.55%
Multiracial 2.31% 2.05% 1.90% 1.81% 1.45% 1.67% 1.85% 3.41% 2.01%
Other 1.31% 0.19% 0.61% 0.64% 0.16% 0.82% 0.31% 0.50% 0.21%
Native American 0.19% 0.66% 0.12% 0.10% 0.13% 0.19% 0.20% 0.20% 0.22%
Pacific Islander 0.01% 0.16% 0.02% 0.02% 0.02% 0.03% 0.02% 0.41% 0.03%

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% 11%
10 to 17 years 7% 11% 10% 10% 10% 9% 9% 5% 6%
18 to 24 years 18% 10% 10% 10% 11% 10% 12% 9% 13%
25 to 34 years 22% 13% 13% 14% 19% 17% 17% 22% 22%
35 to 44 years 12% 13% 13% 13% 14% 14% 12% 16% 14%
45 to 54 years 11% 14% 15% 15% 12% 13% 13% 14% 12%
55 to 64 years 10% 12% 13% 12% 10% 11% 11% 12% 11%
65 and over 10% 13% 14% 13% 11% 13% 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% 10% 9% 18% 20% 19% 13% 11%
High school diploma or equivalent 22% 28% 26% 24% 23% 24% 34% 13% 19%
Some college or associate degree 18% 29% 24% 23% 23% 21% 23% 21% 17%
Bachelor's degree 24% 18% 23% 24% 21% 21% 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.
Female 52.2% 50.8% 51.6% 51.6% 51.5% 52.4% 52.8% 49.2% 52.7%
Male 47.8% 49.2% 48.4% 48.4% 48.5% 47.6% 47.2% 50.8% 47.3%

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.
Own 34.2% 64.9% 62.3% 61.8% 44.7% 31.9% 52.9% 36.6% 41.6%
Rent 65.8% 35.1% 37.7% 38.2% 55.3% 68.1% 47.1% 63.4% 58.4%

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 418.1 264.1 274.4 227.8 460.0 371.3 481.1 368.9 607.7
Murder 8.1 5.2 2.1 1.8 15.1 3.9 15.9 5.3 15.9
Rape 42.8 36.8 29.5 49.3 25.8 77.4 41.8 71.3
Robbery 256.7 135.0 94.2 92.5 359.9 195.7 447.1 379.2 490.4

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 409.5 575.0 372.2 352.8 533.6 187.8 621.8 615.9 525.6
Larceny 1998.3 2114.0 1340.4 1359.6 2224.6 1323.0 2398.5 3966.9 3928.0
Motor vehicle theft 231.0 257.3 128.7 129.7 367.9 91.2 367.4 720.5 559.0

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°
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46°
52°
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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"
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1.3"
9"

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    Avg. High Avg. Low

  • 36°
    22°
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    Precipitation

  • 3.4"
  • 3.2"
  • 4.3"
  • 3.7"
  • 3.5"
  • 3.7"
  • 3.4"
  • 3.4"
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  • 4.0"
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    Snowfall

  • 12.9"
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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"

Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 121 responses

  • 59% Yes
  • 22% Not sure
  • 19% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 208 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

Rate the public services in this area:     Based on 189 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Police protection
  • Fire protection
  • Emergency medical services
  • Animal control services
  • Street repair/maintenance
  • Trash/recycling collection
  • Snow removal
  • Public transportation
  • Public recreation facilities
  • Park maintenance
  • Public libraries
  • Community education

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about houses in this area?     Based on 201 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most properties are well-maintained (e.g. landscaping, painting, shoveling)
  • Most properties have large lawns and/or gardens.
  • Most properties have driveways.
  • Most properties have garages.
  • Most of the houses look the same and have a similar layout.
  • Most of the houses are built close together with little space between them.

How noisy is the area where you live?     Based on 202 responses

  • 7% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 32% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 44% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 18% Loud noises are very common. Traffic, trains, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles are everywhere.

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 80 responses

  • 46% Very accepting.
  • 42% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 9% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 2% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 244 responses

  • 17% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 53% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 26% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 5% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 92 responses

  • 15% I love everything about it.
  • 62% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 22% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 1% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 113 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments