What you need to know about Boston, MA

Boston is located in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. The population is 47% White, 22% Black, 8% Asian and 0% Native American or Native Hawaiian. 7% identify as another race or ethnicity, or two or more races. 16% of residents are of Hispanic or Latino origin. The median income is $54,485 and the median home value is $379,500. For more on schools, real estate, business and health care in Boston, see each of the tabs above. Walkability can be a key driver of the overall livability of a community. Boston has a Walk Score ® of 80.

Population

639,594
Up by 2.23%
best places for fishing
The 9 Best Places for Fishing
The 9 best places to cast a line (and your cares) away.
Good skyline shot of Boston
The 10 Best Things to Do in Boston
Including the Freedom Trail, Harborwalk, and plenty of great shopping opportunities.

Nearby Cities

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Fenway Park in Boston Massachussetts
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Housing

Homes Owned 34.16%
34.16% Complete
Homes Rented 65.84%
65.84% Complete

Real Estate

In Boston, Massachusetts


Ready to move to Boston? There are a variety of housing options in the area. Click below to learn about the recent trends, average home values and even a few current real estate listings in Boston.
Downtown Boston as seen from a high angle on a wet day.
Best New Things to Do in Boston, MA
Here is a list of the best new things to do in Boston, MA

Median Home Price

$379,500
Higher than the state average
A fancy drink and small white spoons with food rest on a shiny table that looks out on the Boston Harbor
Best Places to Dine With a View in Boston
It's hard to say which is better at these Boston Restaurants, the view or the meal.
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Schools

In Boston, Massachusetts


The quality of a school district is often a top factor for parents considering where to live. Strong school systems attract new residents and help their cities prosper. See how Boston rates.

Median Household Income

$54,485
Higher than the national average

Business

In Boston, Massachusetts


Being a great place to live and being a great place to work often go hand-in-hand. Here’s what the business and employment climate is like in Boston.

Residents

Most residents are
25-34 Years old

Health

In Boston, Massachusetts


Access to quality hospitals, doctors and health-care providers is just part of what makes a healthy community. Here’s how to get and stay healthy in Boston.

Education

Bachelor’s Degree 45%
45% Complete
Graduated High School 85%
85% Complete

Boston, MA's Rankings

More About Boston, MA

The 9 Best Places for Fishing
The 9 best places to cast a line (and your cares) away.
The 10 Best Things to Do in Boston
Including the Freedom Trail, Harborwalk, and plenty of great shopping opportunities.
The 7 Best Derby Day Parties Outside of Louisville
Can't make it to Louisville for the best two minutes in sports? Don't worry: Here are 7 other fabulous Derby Day options.
The 10 Best Baseball Fanbases in America
We asked a fan who's traveled to every ballpark in America what his favorites were, and this is what he said.
Best New Things to Do in Boston, MA
Here is a list of the best new things to do in Boston, MA
Best Places to Dine With a View in Boston
It's hard to say which is better at these Boston Restaurants, the view or the meal.
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How do cities represented in Super Bowl 49 stack up?