Boston 59 Below average
Boston Livability #232 ranked city in Massachusetts#23,653 ranked city in the USARanks better than 19% of areas
A+ Boston Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Boston Cost of Living Cost of living is 12% higher than Massachusetts
14646% more expensive than the US average
13030% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Boston cost of living
F Boston Crime Total crime is 74% higher than Massachusetts
Total crime
2,3661% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 431% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
5%Year over year crime is up
Boston crime
C Boston Employment Household income is 18% lower than Massachusetts
Median household income
$58,5166% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$37,28825% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%17% higher than the US average
Boston employment
D Boston Housing Home value is 24% higher than Massachusetts
Median home value
$423,200129% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,36944% higher than the US average
Home ownership
35%46% lower than the US average
Boston real estate or Boston rentals
F Boston Schools HS graduation rate is 5% lower than Massachusetts
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
33%32% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:14% lower than the US average
Boston K-12 schools
C+ Boston User Ratings There are a total of 36 ratings in Boston
Overall user rating
68% 36 total ratings
User reviews rating
67% 12 total reviews
User surveys rating
69% 24 total surveys
all Boston poll results

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      Living in Boston, MA

      Located in the state of Massachusetts, Boston is a big city with a population of 658,279 inhabitants. With a population density of 13,617 people per square mile, Boston is well above the nation's average density level. With an average age of 32 years old, Boston could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average.

      If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Boston, Massachusetts. With useful information like cost of living, weather, employment, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Boston and in the areas around Boston is a much easier task.

      Boston has a livability score of 60 out of 100 and is ranked #227 in Massachusetts and #23,254 in the USA. This is a poor rating when compared to the average of other places in the country. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Boston ranks well for amenities (A+). Boston does not rank well for the following: crime (F), cost of living (F) and housing (D). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Boston on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Freedom Trail, Fenway Park, and Boston Duck Tours.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Boston. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Boston are affordable. Median real estate prices in Boston come in at $423,200, which is 24.1% higher than the Massachusetts average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Boston, the home price to income ratio is 7.2, which is 50% higher than the Massachusetts average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Boston were 6.4%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 9.6%.

      Boston transportation information

      Average one way commute30min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work38.9%71.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool6.0%7.5%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit33.6%9.9%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle2.1%0.8%0.6%
      Workers who walk14.8%4.9%2.8%
      Working from home3.4%4.7%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Boston, MA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).