Best Neighborhoods in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It's the largest city and capital of Massachusetts with a population of 4.5 million people. Boston is the 10th largest city in the United States and home to America's first public school. Boston was founded in 1630 and was the site of the infamous Boston Tea Party. Boston is sometimes called a "city of neighborhoods" because of the profusion of diverse subsections. There are 21 official neighborhoods in Boston used by the city. Boston is home to several prestigious colleges and universities and their presence have a significant positive impact on the economy. Boston is a huge sports town and Boston fans are loyal to their home teams. In the four national sports arenas, Boston has won more than 32 championships.

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Temperature

Average High - 73.9, Average Low - 29.3

Sports

Basketball - Celtics

Baseball - Red Sox

Football - New England Patriots

Hockey - Bruins

Crime Rate

Boston has had a low crime rate over the past decade.

Top Neighborhoods

The Waterfront This narrow area runs along the Inner Harbor, on Atlantic Avenue and Commercial Street from the Charlestown bridge (on North Washington St.) to South Station. Once filled with wharves and warehouses, today it abounds with luxury condos, marinas, restaurants, offices, and hotels. Also here are the New England Aquarium with its 200,000 ocean tank, and embarkation points for harbor cruises and whale-watching expeditions. Several large financial services and legal firms have large offices here. Residential space ranges from trendy lofts carved out of old factories to sleek new high rises. And all kinds of new attractions and amenities are already popping up here as part of the first wave of massive redevelopment plans designed to totally transform this area.

The North End Crossing the Rose Kennedy Greenway as you head east toward the Inner Harbor, you enter one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. Home to waves of immigrants in the course of its history, it was predominantly Italian for most of the 20th century. Though small (? mi˛), the neighborhood has approximately 100 eating establishments, and a variety of tourist attractions. It is known as the city's Little Italy for its Italian-American population.Many newcomers are young professionals who walk to work in the Financial District comprise the North End. However, you'll hear Italian spoken in the streets and find a wealth of Italian restaurants, cafés, and shops. The main street is Hanover Street and acts as the central hub for all things North End.

The Back Bay Back Bay is an officially recognized neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts and is famous for its rows of Victorian brownstone homes. Back Bay is considered one of the best-preserved examples of 19th-century urban design in the United States. Fashionable since its creation out of landfill more than a century ago, the Back Bay overflows with gorgeous architecture and chic shops. It lies between the Public Garden, the river, Kenmore Square, and either Huntington Avenue or St. Botolph Street, depending on who's describing it. Students dominate the area near Massachusetts Avenue but grow scarce as property values soar near the Public Garden. This is one of the best neighborhoods in Boston for aimless wandering. Major thoroughfares include Boylston Street, which starts at Boston Common and runs into the Fenway; largely residential Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue (say "Comm. Ave."); and boutique central, Newbury Street.

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Faneuil Hall Marketplace has been a market place and meeting place since 1742. An irresistible draw for out-of-towners and suburbanites, this cluster of restored market buildings, bounded by the Waterfront, the North End, Government Center, and State Street,is the city's most popular attraction. The famous Faneuil Hall Boston, the Cradle of Liberty, has a greater historical interest than any other building in the United States, save Independence Hall in Philadelphia.You'll find restaurants, bars, a food court, specialty shops, and Faneuil Hall itself. Haymarket, off I-93 on Blackstone Street, is home to an open-air produce market on Fridays and Saturdays.

Beacon Hill is a historic neighborhood of Boston. It's well known for its narrow tree-lined streets, brick and cobblestone alleyways, and architectural showpieces, mostly in Federal style, make up this largely residential area. Beacon Hill rests in the shadow of the state capitol.Two of the loveliest and most exclusive spots in Boston are here: Mount Vernon Street and Louisburg (pronounced "Lewis-burg") Square. Bounded by Government Center, Boston Common, the Back Bay, and the river, this is where you'll find Massachusetts General Hospital. Charles Street, which divides the Common from the Public Garden, is the main street of Beacon Hill. Beacon HIll has several notable attractions including Boston Public Garden, the Boston Center for Jewish Heritage and the Museum of Afro American History.

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Charlestown was the first capital of Boston. One of the oldest areas of Boston is where you'll see the Bunker Hill Monument and USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides"). While it had been a predominantly Irish American, there has been great diversification in the past decade. Charlestown has great public and private schools, as well as a number of colleges and universities in reasonable proximity. Because of Charlestown's historic attractions, and diverse population, it's considered a great place to live.

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