Boston is a very large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 675,647 people and 206 constituent neighborhoods, Boston is the largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Boston was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Boston home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Boston real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Boston is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.80% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Boston is a city of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Boston who work in management occupations (12.06%), office and administrative support (10.41%), and business and financial occupations (9.06%).
Also of interest is that Boston has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Boston telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.33% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In addition, Boston is a major college town. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Boston have a strong influence on the local culture and music scene. In fact, Boston is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns. This combination of big city status and thousands of college students gives Boston, on one hand, a sophisticated style, while on the other also providing lots of diversions and entertainment for students. In fact, Boston is one of the biggest "college towns" in America. This elevates both the status of the city and the knowledge sector of the local economy, which is sustained by a steady output of new college graduates every spring.
This makes Boston a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Boston presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.
Boston is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
In Boston, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.23 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Boston is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Boston really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Boston citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Boston ride the subway. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Boston a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the subway.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Boston, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Boston is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 51.34% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Boston in 2018 was $46,845, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $187,380 for a family of four. However, Boston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Boston is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Boston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Boston residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Boston also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.54% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Boston include Irish, Italian, German, English, and Haitian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Boston's cultural character, accounting for 28.22% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Boston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.