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"The Hub," "Beantown," "Athens of America"

Historic city known for its educational institutions, diverse neighborhoods and high-tech sector

Boston is a city in Suffolk County.

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community was named after a town in Lincolnshire, England.

The latitude of Boston is 42.358N. The longitude is -71.06W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 43 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 581,616.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Boston demographic reports
Boston is on Massachusetts Bay, at the mouths of the Charles and Mystic rivers.
Seat of the American revolution.

When shipping declined, Boston money went to shoe factories and textile mills. In recent years, the economy has surged with biotech industries

At the peak of the Irish famine, desperate immigrants swarmed the city. More than 100,000 arrived in a 12-month period.
Public transportation: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 7,173. The number of murders and homicides was 39. The violent crime rate was 12.2 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 1 among big cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Ranked No. 5 among best U.S. walking cities by the American Podiatric Medical Association, March 2005
Ranked No. 9 on list of 10 Best Running Cities, by Runner's World magazine, 2001
Boston received national attention for sex scandals in the Catholic church. After the Boston Globe published a series of articles in January 2002, incidents of sexual abuse by clergy and inaction by the church were uncovered across the country. Boston Cardinal Bernard F. Law resigned in December 2002
Filming location for:
· 2003 movie, "Mystic River"
· 1998 movie, "A Civil Action"
· 1997 movie, "Amistad"
· 2006 movie, "The Departed"
· 2006 movie, "Little Children"
Census 2000 highlights: 20th largest city in the U.S., by population; 10th most crowded city in the U.S., with 12,172 people per square mile
Well-known residents have included:
· Benjamin Franklin, statesman, writer, inventor
· Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer
· Paul Revere, patriot
Local bands (past and present) have included New Kids on the Block, Boston, Aerosmith, J. Geils Band, Pixies, Lemonheads
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Seattle's Best Coffee, Torrefazione Italia, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Roxbury Film Festival - Aug. 1-5, 2007
  • International Fine Art Show - Nov. 15-18, 2007
  • Harborfest - June 27-July 4, 2007
  • International Antiquarian Book Fair - Nov. 16-18, 2007
  • Cape Verdean Festival - July 7, 2007
  • Dragon Boat Festival - June 10, 2007
  • Summer Revels - June 22-23, 2007
  • Street Performers Festival - May 26-27, 2007
Dates often change. Check Boston web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Opera Boston, Boston Ballet, Boston Pops, Commonwealth Shakespeare
Nearby parks & recreation: Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Charles River Reservation, Back Bay Fens, Franklin Park, Charles River Reservation
Public spaces: Boston Common, Public Garden
Boston attractions: Hayden Planetarium, Franklin Park Zoo, New England Aquarium, Boston Public Garden, Arnold Arboretum, Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Sports teams: Red Sox (AL), Patriots (NFL), Celtics (NBA), Bruins (NHL), Boston Cannons (Major League Lacrosse)
Historic sites and museums: Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston National Historical Park, Old North Church, John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Historical Society & Museum, Paul Revere House, Shirley-Eustis House
Colleges and universities: Boston University, Simmons College, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts Boston, Northeastern University, Emerson College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 233
The heart of the world beats under the three hills of Boston.
-- The Professor at the Breakfast Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
· "Please Come to Boston"

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Neighborhoods in Boston include Allston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown, Dorchester, Downtown, East Boston, Fenway Kenmore ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Boston include Allston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown, Dorchester, Downtown, East Boston, Fenway Kenmore ... More neighborhood info

Census & demographics

Sections below provide additional information and links about Boston demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Suffolk County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Boston area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 02108 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

4% of Boston residents report German ancestry, and 16% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Boston ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Boston was $23,353, compared with $21,587 nationally.


36% of Boston residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

Fairs, festivals & other events
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Fall foliage Massachusetts fall color report
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Geocaching & geography
Gifts & collectibles
Guides to Boston
Historical societies
Historical societies

Historic districts in Boston include Back Bay Historic District, Beach-Knapp District, Beacon Hill Historic District, Blackstone Block Historic District, Boston Common, Boston Naval Shipyard, Brighton Center Historic District, Bulfinch Triangle Historic District, Charles River Basin Historic District, Chestnut Hill Reservoir Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Boston, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $722.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,370.


Libraries in Boston include Allston Branch, Boston Athen?um, Boston Public Library, Bostonian Society Library, Brighton Branch Library, Charlestown Branch Library, Historic New England Library & Archives, Kirstein Business Branch, New England Historic Genealogical Society, North End Branch Library ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Boston include Allston-Brighton TAB, Beacon Hill Times, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Christian Science Monitor, Dorchester Reporter, East Boston Sun Transcript, South Boston Online, West Roxbury-Roslindale Transcript

TV stations in Boston include WBPX, WBZ, WCVB, WFXT, WGBH, WGBX, WHDH, WSBK.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WBUR-FM., WGBH., WUMB-FM.

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Boston restaurants taking online reservations include 209 Boston, 28 Degrees, 33 Restaurant & Lounge, Anthem, Antico Forno, Aquitaine, Armani Cafe, Aujourd 'hui, Aura Restaurant, Avila ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Boston workers is 29 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 81 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Boston between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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Boston, MA

Pros: Small and Walkable
Very Safe
Lots of History and Culture

Cons: Only Good During the Day
Overrated and Overpriced
Outdated Infrastructure (Roads and Public Transit)
Little Diversity

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