Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Large City
  • Population
    609,942
  • Population Density
    6,804 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    90 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    427 3.4
Boston is a large city in Massachusetts with 609,942 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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    • 4
    Food & Drink at Jamaica Plain: There are a few good restaurants and bars in the area and there's a nice variety between the different places. However, they are mostly geared as a places where you would sit, eat and drink instead of dance. The atmospheres between the places does vary a little, but not too much.
    • 4
    Employment at Jamaica Plain: There are many hospitals in the area and thus many medical professionals. There are also a lot of universities, so a large part of the residents are students.
    • 3
    Local Businesses at Jamaica Plain: There are a lot of small businesses and some of them are great, but many are lacking in diversity of products. There aren't many restaurants and bars nearby, but the ones that are around have good selections of food and beverage. There are only two major supermarkets nearby and they are the same company, so the grocery selection is not great.
    • 4
    Health & Fitness at West Roxbury: Low obesity rates , lots of healthy food. Higher than average opiate use.
    • 4
    Crime & Safety at West Roxbury: there is very little crime or enforcement on small infractions

Neighborhoods

Niche Grade Name Population
3.00 Allston Brighton 68,108
2.33 South Dorchester 59,526
2.00 Roxbury 58,761
2.66 Fenway/Kenmore 40,228
3.00 Jamaica Plain 38,943
2.00 Mattapan 37,231
2.66 East Boston 36,797
3.00 Roslindale 33,088
3.33 South Boston 32,846
3.00 South End 32,742
2.66 Hyde Park 30,892
3.00 West Roxbury 30,511
3.33 Central Boston 29,452
3.33 Back Bay/Beacon Hill 28,155
2.66 North Dorchester 25,775
3.33 Charlestown 14,898
3.33 Logan International Airport 328

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 Brookline 58,371
4.33 Cambridge 104,322
4.33 Milton 26,828
3.33 Somerville 75,566
3.66 Watertown Town 31,792
3.66 Dedham 24,521
3.33 Quincy 91,484
2.33 Everett 41,079
1.66 Chelsea 34,872
4.33 Newton 84,583
2.66 Winthrop Town 17,430
4.00 Canton Town 21,408
2.33 Revere 50,845
4.33 Needham 28,786
2.66 Nahant 3,420
3.00 Hull 10,391

Comparable Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
2.66 Philadelphia 1,514,456
3.00 Chicago 2,700,741
3.00 New York City 8,128,980
4.00 San Francisco 797,983
3.33 Washington, D.C. 593,955

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
2.33 02151 50,845
2.00 02124 48,384
2.33 02128 41,128
3.00 02135 40,493
3.66 02130 35,323
3.00 02127 31,954
2.66 02125 31,503
3.00 02131 30,914
2.33 02115 29,413
2.66 02136 29,082
3.00 02118 27,113
3.33 02132 26,813
1.66 02126 26,719
1.66 02121 24,972
2.33 02122 24,761
2.00 02119 24,166
3.00 02215 23,933
4.00 02467 21,952
3.66 02116 20,689
2.66 02134 20,183
2.66 02152 17,430
3.66 02129 16,685
2.33 02120 12,691
3.66 02114 11,882
2.66 02111 6,995
3.00 02113 6,768
3.66 02109 4,042
3.66 02108 3,923
3.66 02163 1,664
4.00 02210 1,658
3.33 02110 1,586
3.66 02199 1,218
02203 0

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
4.33 Brookline Public Schools 10
4.33 Newton Public Schools 22
4.33 Cambridge Public Schools 13
4.33 Needham Public Schools 8
4.00 Milton Public Schools 6
3.66 Canton Public Schools 6
3.33 Quincy Public Schools 18
3.33 Dedham Public Schools 7
Nahant Public Schools 1
3.00 Watertown Public Schools 5
3.00 Hull Public Schools 3
3.00 Somerville Public Schools 11
3.00 Winthrop Public Schools 4
2.66 Revere Public Schools 11
2.66 Boston Public Schools 135
2.00 Everett Public Schools 7
2.00 Chelsea Public Schools 9

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 47.14% 64.16% 76.86% 75.60% 32.01% 33.51% 37.07% 41.95% 34.04%
African American 23.05% 12.21% 6.10% 6.75% 32.98% 23.05% 42.60% 5.93% 51.31%
Hispanic 17.29% 16.05% 9.31% 8.79% 28.11% 28.41% 11.98% 14.91% 8.98%
Asian 8.99% 4.67% 5.27% 6.39% 5.35% 12.60% 6.23% 33.29% 3.47%
Multiracial 1.84% 1.85% 1.59% 1.56% 1.13% 1.39% 1.54% 2.87% 1.63%
Other 1.45% 0.21% 0.68% 0.74% 0.23% 0.79% 0.37% 0.36% 0.25%
Native American 0.17% 0.66% 0.12% 0.11% 0.13% 0.18% 0.17% 0.25% 0.22%
Pacific Islander 0.03% 0.15% 0.02% 0.02% 0.02% 0.03% 0% 0.40% 0.05%

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% 12% 12% 13% 12% 13% 8% 10%
10 to 17 years 7% 11% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 6% 7%
18 to 24 years 19% 10% 10% 10% 11% 10% 13% 9% 14%
25 to 34 years 21% 13% 13% 14% 19% 17% 16% 21% 20%
35 to 44 years 13% 14% 14% 14% 14% 14% 13% 17% 14%
45 to 54 years 11% 15% 15% 15% 13% 14% 13% 14% 13%
55 to 64 years 9% 12% 12% 12% 10% 11% 10% 12% 11%
65 and over 10% 13% 14% 13% 10% 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 16% 15% 11% 10% 20% 21% 20% 14% 13%
High school diploma or equivalent 23% 29% 26% 25% 24% 25% 35% 14% 20%
Some college or associate degree 18% 29% 24% 23% 24% 20% 22% 20% 17%
Bachelor's degree 23% 18% 22% 24% 20% 20% 13% 31% 22%
Master's degree or higher 19% 10% 17% 19% 13% 14% 9% 20% 28%

Gender

Boston, MA United States Massachusetts Boston Metro Area Chicago, IL New York City, NY Philadelphia, PA San Francisco, CA Washington, D.C.
Male 47.9% 49.2% 48.4% 48.4% 48.6% 47.5% 47.1% 50.7% 47.3%
Female 52.1% 50.8% 51.6% 51.6% 51.4% 52.5% 52.9% 49.3% 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 65.4% 33.9% 36.4% 37.3% 53.0% 67.4% 45.1% 62.9% 57.2%
Own 34.6% 66.1% 63.6% 62.7% 47.0% 32.6% 54.9% 37.1% 42.8%

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 483.6 280.9 287.4 450.4 453.1 376.5 562.6 257.9 537.5
Murder 9.0 5.6 1.9 8.0 18.5 5.1 21.5 8.4 13.9
Rape 39.5 29.2 24.6 37.6 NA 14.0 57.2 13.2 37.3
Robbery 302.9 150.7 102.8 269.5 497.6 243.7 518.8 424.7 589.1

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 527.2 718.3 521.0 534.2 839.9 224.8 780.0 648.1 556.5
Larceny 2124.8 2276.2 1464.8 2126.5 2684.9 1398.6 2507.7 3442.6 3510.2
Motor vehicle theft 257.5 275.5 143.6 234.2 627.7 98.8 415.9 650.8 561.3

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°
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    65°
  • 72°
    57°
  • 61°
    46°
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    Precipitation

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

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

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  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
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  • Jul
  • Aug
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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"