Brookline

79 reviews
  1. Suburb of Boston, MA
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Real Estate
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Suburb of
Boston

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$703,300
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$1,848
National
$904
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    249
    264
  • Murder
    0
    5
  • Rape
    2
    37
  • Robbery
    29
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    155
    575
  • Theft
    1,113
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    20
    257

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$93,640
National
$53,046
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    52%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    9%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Reviews

79 reviews
  • Excellent
    18
  • Very Good
    39
  • Average
    17
  • Poor
    5
  • Terrible
    0
I love Brookline! Close to many things and T which is a plus! People are also very friendly. However, the no more plastic bags was a little frustrating.
  • Current Resident
  • 5 days ago
Housing is generally nice, very little vacant or abandoned properties. Cost is high because it is one of Boston's most desirable neighborhoods, school district is one of the best so many people move here for the schools. There isn't a "bad" area to live in Brookline, if anything, I would say avoid Beacon street, for the noise level, it's a major thoroughfare into Boston. Best areas if amenities are key, Brookline Village, Washington Square, Coolidge Corner. Best areas if yard/property is key, many properties may be found in the south, south-west part of Brookline county lines. But there are also large (expensive) properties closer to Boston that are hidden in the center of blocks (dead end streets that go to the interior of the block).
  • Parent
  • 12 months ago
The seasons in New England are very extreme and varied. We just experienced a very forceful winter, with several blizzards over the course of one month. In fact, this season broke Boston's snowfall record. This often impacts my commute to work. Our summers are very hot, with a lot of thunderstorms and sometimes power outages. The spring includes a lot of rain, and is often still cold until the end. Autumn is my favorite, as the temperature is mild and bearable, and the foliage in the area is incredible!
  • Niche User
  • Apr 2 2015