Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and is the state's largest city. Located on the eastern shores of Massachusetts, it is one of the oldest cities in the US and is the location of a plethora of historical events. The Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere's Midnight Ride, and the Battle of Bunker Hill are just a few of the major moments of history that took place in this historic city.
Back Back-Beacon Hill is located just south-west of downtown Boston. It is only about a mile away. Depending on where you lived in the neighborhood, you could even walk there. Either way the commute is short and sweet. The area if full of shopping centers, gyms, and schools. Amenities in the area will absolutely not be an issue. The cost of living in the neighborhood is high. You can expect to pay a median of around $1,500 in rent. This is higher than Boston's total median. Education in the neighborhood is better than Boston as a whole, but is still below the national average. However, Back Bay-Beacon Hill has excellent employment and housing opportunities. The median household income is just below $90,000 and the unemployment rate is just above 3%. In addition, you can expect much lower crime rates there (about 60% lower than Boston).
Central is slightly farther away from downtown that Back Bay-Beacon Hill. It is about 2 miles away, so the commute will be longer. The cost of living, however, is lower. This neighborhood, like the others, is packed full of stores, bars, schools, and many entertainment options. There are theaters, museums, and historic sites to visit. To add to this, the crime rates are much lower than Boston as a whole. The education, while not as good as Back Bay-Beacon Hill, is still better than Boston's average. When it comes to employment and housing, Central has many opportunities. The unemployment rate is just over 4%, and the household median income is just under $90,000. There are plenty of houses and apartment available to rent, and you can expect to pay the median cost of $1,400 a month for rent.
Allston-Brighton is located about 6 miles west of downtown. Out of the neighborhoods here, this one is the farthest away by far. You can expect about a 15 to 30 minute commute from this neighborhood. The amenities in Allston-Brighton are packed tightly together. There is just about everything you need here. Museums, galleries, schools, and grocery stores are all found here. There are also many bars and restaurants. Due to the size of the neighborhood, all are within walking distance. The cost of living here is 6% less than Boston, and a lot less than the other neighborhoods in the area. Unfortunately, not all is well. The crime rates are over 10% higher than Boston's average and the median household income is only about $50,000. However, the median rent is only about $1,400 and the education here is better than Boston's average.