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
    544 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
3.4 from 544 reviews
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    • 4
    Overall Experience at South End: My neighborhood and city have improved enormously over the years. But like many cities it is becoming prohibitively expensive for many who fall within the middle class.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at Jamaica Plain: Boston is home to the country's best universities. I am proud to say that I received my education here. The city also has an excellent and lively vibe that I enjoy. When I cruise the streets at night, I can hear the eager chatter from a nearby restaurant and the rhythm of music from the radio of a car. Boston is a small melting pot and I am glad that I am able to meet people from all over the world. Most people are accepting of minorities. The number of different cultural restaurants is outstanding. I can eat anything from Greek gyros to Indonesian Fried Rice to Belgian waffles with ice cream around the city. There is always some event to attend and I can always rely on finding entertainment, whether it is shopping at Newbury Street, bowling at King's, or kayaking along the Charles River. In addition, Boston is a bike friendly city. I love how it encourages fitness with its many gyms. However, it would be better to have more outdoor parks with basic equipment for people to exercise. Moreover, I feel that Boston is a safe city in comparison to others.

    One of the cons of living in Boston is its public transportation system. The trains are not as expedient as they can be, and they are often unreliable. Another minor problem of living in Boston is its frigid temperatures and unbearable blizzards. However, that is something most people from New England would have to accept. Furthermore, there are some sections of the city whose buildings would fare better with some renovations, but that is not an immediate concern.
    • 2
    Overall Experience at Mattapan: Although I feel Mattapan is making strides in improving the community and providing out reach for those that live within the area. I feel as though the area is poorly maintained. There is a lot of poverty and pollution within the area compared to neighboring neighborhoods. I love the fact that there is a well maintained local library, redone parks, and a nice community center as well as others in the making. The crime rate has also gone down but unfortunate it still exists. I don't feel quite safe within my neighborhood at night or even during the day compared to others. I find that many abuse drugs and are struggling within the area just by physical appearance. Although Boston itself is a great area I wish things were just a bit taken care of in terms of communities such as these. I think there's a bright future for this neighborhood if progress is maintained and still striving for better.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at Back Bay/Beacon Hill: My neighborhood is the best of both worlds. It has a residential feel in that it is family and pet friendly, is located near many parks, and is generally quiet, but it is also located in the heart of the city and is within easy walking distance to many stores, restaurants, and museums. There is a wide variety of people here from young families, to older couples, to college students, to young professionals. It also has easy access to public transportation, but is also within walking distance to my job which is downtown. It is on the expensive side, which makes it hard for those just entering the workforce to afford it. However, this is going to be typical in most up and coming cities. Also, the general atmosphere of the neighborhood is very quaint, preserving the historical feel that is at the heart of living in Boston.
    • 3
    Overall Experience at South Dorchester: I love Boston, but the neighborhood I live is in need of an improvement.

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°
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76°
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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"
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Snowfall
12.9"
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9"

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    Avg. High Avg. Low

  • 36°
    22°
  • 39°
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  • 72°
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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"
  • 10.9"
  • 7.8"
  • 1.9"
  • 0"
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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 19 responses

  • 68% Yes
  • 21% Not sure
  • 11% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 12 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 37 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 55 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 56 responses

  • 9% 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.
  • 45% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 14% 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 23 responses

  • 43% Very accepting.
  • 39% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 17% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 0% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 77 responses

  • 16% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 60% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 19% 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 18 responses

  • 22% I love everything about it.
  • 56% 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.
  • 0% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 15 responses

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