Are you considering making a move to Boston? If so, there are several factors that you should take into consideration when trying to determine if Boston is right for you.
Housing is Expensive
Boston is one of the most expensive places to buy or rent a home in the United States, and the surrounding municipalities of Brookline, Cambridge and Newton are even worse. To put it in perspective, the median U. S. home price of around $200,000 would only purchase a 371 square foot residential space in Boston. In addition, a studio or newer building commands more than $2,000 per month in rent. Generally speaking, the only cities with prices higher than Boston are San Francisco, San Jose and New York City.
Boston is Comprised of Many Distinct Neighborhoods
The name “Boston” is used loosely to describe its many neighborhoods as well as neighboring cities, such as Cambridge and Somerville. Therefore, you will want to become familiar with the various neighborhoods within Boston as well as those located in the nearby municipalities. Unlike many other cities where one subdivision bleeds into another, Boston’s neighborhoods are mostly distinct in terms of parkland, retail and transit options. In all, the city has 23 official neighborhoods, with many having micro-neighborhoods or enclaves within them.
You Probably Won’t Need a Car
Since Boston’s neighborhoods feature their own bus routes, bike lanes and possibly a T stop, you likely will not need a car to live in Boston. In fact, the city is considered to be one of the most walkable and bikable in the country. In addition to saving you the expense of buying and maintaining a car, this will also save you the cost and hassle of finding parking and dealing with horrific traffic.
Boston is More Diverse Than You Might Think
Despite its reputation, Boston and its nearby municipalities consists of more than just Irish immigrants. While the city is certainly proud of its Irish history, nearly half of the city’s population is non-white and its 56,000 public school students speak an impressive 74 languages. In other words, Boston was the first place that immigrants from all over the world called their home. In addition, with its many colleges and universities combined with excellent employment opportunities in fields such as technology and healthcare, the area attracts many students and professionals from various backgrounds who decide to stay.
Boston is Highly Populated
With all that it has to offer, it is no surprise that many people want to call Boston their home. Unfortunately, since the city is not all that large, this means it is quite densely populated. Even the surrounding municipalities are bursting at their seams. Somerville, for example, has approximately 18,600 residents per square mile, while Cambridge and Chelsea have more than 16,000 residents per square mile. Boston proper is still densely populated with around 13,000 residents per square mile. In other words, don’t expect a large yard with plenty of space to wander when buying or renting a home in Boston.