(How’d that happen? Boston has history, arts and culture, dining, nightlife, and gorgeous architecture. One private high school in the area. Easily accessible, great options for food shopping and entertainment. I love it here in Newton Centre. Although it is expensive but I feel like it is a welcoming community.Read 2 Reviews, Parent: We lived in Newton for over 20 years. Not a lot of car traffic and many families biking the streets. There’s plenty of food places, stores, and schools in the area. Harvard Square offers great transportation, food options, and nightlife. Crime is low. These correspond roughly with the neighborhoods and sub-neighborhoods of Boston. The median price there was $1.2 million in 2019, up $200,000 give or take from 2018—and nearly double the citywide single-family median of $625,000. Everyone is very friendly, there are plenty of places within walking distance, and the schools are amazing. All down mass ave there are a lot of restaurants that serve food from different nations. See where we’re going with this? *Remember: lots of people live in Boston proper, but many more live outside city limits. I see the future continuing to be bright and sustain its allure. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other sources. There are several middle and elementary schools. They are competitive in terms of price (re: not astronomically expensive, as is typical of much of Greater Boston). It is a different story for Charlestown’s much-vaunted townhouses. Nightlife isn't anything booming like NYC, as there are a lot of family establishments. I feel like it is extremely diverse and a thriving city and community. There are grand, old Victorians side-by-side gut-renovated triple-deckers and ground-up luxury condos. Most kids go to Cambridge Rindge and Latin high school. Eastie is … The biggest downside is the price to rent or buy here. All down mass ave there are a lot of restaurants that serve food from different nations. Both figures are well below the citywide medians. With its patchwork of dozens of municipalities. It is a beautiful, progressive and still diverse neighborhood despite the gentrification that has been occurring in the surrounding areas. The Boston Redevelopment Authority defines 16 planning districts (plus the Boston Harbor Islands) and 64 Neighborhood Statistical Areas (with four areas further subdivided). Eastie’s still a bargain, especially given its location just across Boston Harbor from downtown. Where to live in Boston in 2020 Charlestown. Such wonderful place to live. I have lived in Peabody my whole life and it is home to me! The area was designed to be walked with the family through it's many walking paths that surrounds a school/community center with a large field, tennis courts, and playground. Easily accessible, great options for food shopping and entertainment. While growing to be an expensive area, for those with a solid salary working in the tech industry, Cambridgeport is the place you want to live in. According to the most recent census data, Back Bay-Beacon Hill looks to be the richest Boston neighborhood to live in. I feel like it is extremely diverse and a thriving city and community. WHERE TO LIVE. I am a student living in the dorms and working in the area. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have its own unique quirks and charms. Here’s the thing about the City of Presidents (John and John Quincy both lie in repose there): It’s just outside of Boston, with four Red Line stops and real estate that can be significantly cheaper than the city’s larger northern neighbor. The population is not that diverse, but more diverse than other villages in Newton. It is also a destination for immigrants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Brazil. It is not one of wealthier villages, and has a fair amount of renters living in the area. There’s plenty of food places, stores, and schools in the area. It is separated from downtown Boston by Boston Harbor and bordered by Winthrop, Revere, and the Chelsea Creek. Boston is a city defined by its small neighborhoods, from historic residential areas to newly christened commercial districts. The area is full of the city’s rich history, with landmarks such as the USS Constitution, the Bunker Hill Monument, and the Charlestown Navy Yard. Its waterfront resembles a New England fishing village more than an urban downtown, for instance. One private high school in the area. Such wonderful place to live.Read 7 Reviews, Current Resident: It's very quiet, safe and close to all the surrounding cities/towns. The town of about 58,000 people either borders or is right near all three. I have lived in Atlanta, Dallas, Louisville, New York and the Detroit area. West Newton is far enough from the heart of Boston to escape the hectic city life while also being one of the best neighborhoods to walk in Boston. We explored a few leading neighborhoods in Boston, both inside the city limits and nearby suburbs. The Cambridge area is one of the best places to live for the up-and-coming millennial. I have lived in Atlanta, Dallas, Louisville, New York and the Detroit area. Who lives here: BU students/grads, BC... Back Bay. But Quincy cannot be beat in terms of its ready proximity to Boston via a major subway line. There’s no denying it. Each was barely up from 2018. I have lived in Harvard Square for the past 4 years and absolutely love it. And the median condo price was $360,000—again, well below that of Quincy’s northern neighbor. Based on cost of living factors for an area including housing costs, tax rates, and cost of essentials like food and fuel. Our reports include city demographics, economics and other quality of life factors. What’s more, the state is extending the Green Line into Medford. Due to the shape and size of Boston’s harbor-hugging city limits, the small area is crammed with numerous neighborhoods. (Get in now?). Many of the early ranch style houses are being torn down at a fast clip with larger houses replacing them. There is always something to do. And if you’re a foodie, it’s not a bad spot, either: Chinatown really is the city’s culinary hub. I lived in Newton Highlands for a couple of years and found it to be a very calm and safe neighborhood. The stats bear this out. It’s a less expensive neighborhood in a very, very expensive city? There are grand, old Victorians side-by-side gut-renovated triple-deckers and ground-up luxury condos, dogs Dorchester because of this relative affordability. In fact, you can basically stroll into Medford from Somerville. Best Places to Live in Boston, Massachusetts Regional center/Capital city - Central Massachusetts coast at the head of Boston Bay. We looked at several factors, including quality of life, employment rates, home values and crime. U.S. News analyzed 150 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there. In fact, gentrification of the bad kind—read: displacement of longtime residents and businesses—dogs Dorchester because of this relative affordability. I was born and raised in this Neighborhood, moved away for a few years and came back. Niche requires Javascript to work correctly. Dot’s median single-family price was $550,000 in 2019, actually down several thousand from 2018, according to the Warren Group. It is a great place to live if you bike or walk. There is 5 supermarkets in the area, all of them can be accessed with public transportation if u don't have a car. What Boston Neighborhood Should You Live In? Well, East Cambridge—with its almost quaint row houses and low-rise residential buildings as well as copious amounts of parkland—makes the list because it is just to the north of the East Coast’s number one tech/biotech hub, Kendall Square. It is also close to transportation such as the MBTA in central square, close to Kendall, home of MIT, and in close proximity to Brighton/Allston which houses BU. The city of Chelsea went bankrupt in 1991, the first Massachusetts municipality to do so since the Great Depression. Proceed as you see fit. There are many great parks and it is very dog/kid friendly. The 23 official neighborhoods in Boston are made up of approximately 84 sub-districts, squares, and neighborhoods within each official neighborhood. A lot has changed, but still my choice to raise my own.Read 24 Reviews, Niche User: For the past few years of living in Newton, Massachusetts, I haven't found issues with too much crime. Read more on how this ranking was calculated. There are a lot of places to go out and eat and drink within walking distance. Based on data including state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, as well as reviews from students and parents. Current Resident: It is a beautiful, progressive and still diverse neighborhood despite the... Oak Hill Park. The median single-family sales price in the city of 94,000 was $512,500 in 2019, well below the median in Boston. If you have a family you would like to raise, it is great as well since it has many parks which are dog friendly as well and fields for people to play in and is filled with leagues for children to participate in. With useful information like cost of living, weather, employment, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Boston and in the areas around Boston is a much easier task. Current Resident: Moved to Oak Hill Park recently and we love it here! That’s due almost entirely to the waves of that have swamped the neighborhood during the past several years, almost all of it of the higher-end variety and much of it on or near the waterfront. Globe Magazine Top spots to live 2020: Boston neighborhoods The city’s hypergrowth in real estate prices continued, with East Boston making the biggest gains. Please. The housing are expensive in Cambridge. We are close to downtown, yet far enough away to feel like i still live in a residential area. East Cambridge, MIT, Cambridgeport, Riverside, and West Cambridge abut portions of the Charles River, lending them plenty of visual appeal. It is where I met my most beloved friends and my new school has given me so many new opportunities.Read 2 Reviews, Current Resident: East Cambridge is a really nice place to live. It's a bit pricey but you're getting a great and quiet neighborhood with great schools and family-friendly establishments.Read 9 Reviews, Current Resident: I like all there is to do here. North Dorchester is one of the best areas in Boston if you want to live in a trendy, safe neighborhood close to downtown! If there is any part of Boston you should see, Back Bay is the place to put at the top of your list! But that’s still in line with the citywide condo median of $705,000. Based on 2012 and 2016 presidential election results compared to the national average. There are plenty of green-spaces, playgrounds, and sports facilities in my neighborhood as well. Mighty, mighty Dorchester is Boston’s largest neighborhood by area. Calculated based on crime rates for murder, assault, rape, burglary, and other crime statistics, as well as reviews from residents. Weather is a significant factor whether we will stay here. The neighborhood offers a mix of history—look, the Bunker Hill Monument, townhouses from the 1830s, the oldest bar in Massachusetts!—and very au courant street-level activity. But! Boston’s oldest neighborhood is just across the Charles River from the city’s core and a short Orange Line... Chelsea. Globe Magazine Top spots to live 2019: Boston neighborhoods The city’s price increases hit hyperdrive for condos and single-family homes. The Red Line rumbles through it as do more than a dozen bus lines; the dense, eclectic neighborhood teems with activity 24-7. Favorite places: Boston Center for the Arts, The Beehive, The Gallows, South End Open Market, Toro, Stella, Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe, Myers+Chang, B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop and Blackbird Doughnuts. Although there are many advantages of all of these cities, Newton is safe, still pretty and easy to live in. Area type classifications are based on populations and proximity to major city centers. In 2019, it was $572,500. The culture in Harvard Square is awesome, it is diverse, safe, and surrounded by academically minded individuals. Back Bay has everything a young professional can ask for. My area is really nice and quiet. Many live on Eagle Hill or in the secluded Orient Heights section. Newton is the perfect size with accessibility to Boston and all the cultural advantages of Boston. The area is clean. I've grown up here in Newtonville, and it was such an amazing experience! Urban pioneers take note. West Newton is one of the most affordable places to live in Boston. The area was designed to be walked with the family through it's many walking paths that surrounds a school/community center with a large field, tennis courts, and playground. It is where I met my most beloved friends and my new school has given me so many new opportunities. It’s supposed to finish unspooling in 2021, which will crank demand for the town to 11. Not a lot of car traffic and many families biking the streets. Great food options (largely Italian, but plenty of others), beautiful brownstone buildings, and friendly people everywhere. The numbers don’t lie. East Cambridge is a really nice place to live. There are plenty of green-spaces, playgrounds, and sports facilities in my neighborhood as well.Read 16 Reviews, Former Resident: I lived in Newton Highlands for a couple of years and found it to be a very calm and safe neighborhood. Each is characterized by its … Overall, East Cambridge is a wonderful place to live.Read 5 Reviews, Current Resident: I have lived in Harvard Square for the past 4 years and absolutely love it. With that said, I haven't found issues with crime at all.Read 6 Reviews, Current Resident: My area is really nice and quiet. Each Boston neighborhood tells its own story, a tale of community, culture, and eclectic commercial areas that showcase the best of Boston’s history and contemporary landscape. It's a bit pricey but you're getting a great and quiet neighborhood with great schools and family-friendly establishments. The median condo sales price in Chelsea was $375,000 in 2019, according to the Warren Group, and the median single-family price was $445,000. Unofficially, Boston is made up of approximately 105 neighborhoods. Like other areas proximate to these pricier enclaves, Medford is getting more expensive. With that said, I haven't found issues with crime at all. As such, it has several distinct enclaves, and is probably Boston’s most ethnically and racially diverse neighborhood as well as its most diverse in terms of housing stock. It was annexed by Boston in 1836. It’s very safe, there’s never a day where I’m feeling unsafe or scared to be out and about. That being said, many of the students attending college in the city tend to live in some of the neighborhoods surrounding Boston to save on rent and to have shorter commutes to their respective campuses. Crime is low. It makes it that much more difficult to divine where to live. We are close to downtown, yet far enough away to feel like i still live in a residential area. Unfortunately some of the local businesses have either moved or shut down for new local expensive housing to be placed, but it is an extremely peaceful, neighborhood. But gentrification has left its mark on prices, so don’t expect to find … Charlestown is dense and alive—and right there. How to pick a Boston neighborhood . Most things close by 10-11 pm, others work the regular 9-5. It's confusing, but it's part of why it's so awesome here. Boston’s oldest neighborhood is just across the Charles River from the city’s core and a short Orange Line or bus ride into that core. But two of them you have to take the train then walk about 10 minutes to them. Current Resident: It is a beautiful, progressive and still diverse neighborhood despite the gentrification that has been occurring in the surrounding areas. Boston-based research firm the Warren Group, that have swamped the neighborhood during the past several years, because it won’t stay this way for much longer, the City of Presidents (John and John Quincy both lie in repose there), is one of the most expensive in New England, the East Coast’s number one tech/biotech hub, Kendall Square, resident behemoth the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Great schools, team sports, convenience of getting around for parents and kids as they grow older - and still feel like you are in a someone suburban neighborhood. It’s rich with culture, diversity, and is the epitome of a suburban life. If I could do it al over agin, I would definitely live here again. East Cambridge is therefore a convenient option for these folks—as well as for those hoping to make inroads into such industries or into M.I.T. … There is no one best neighborhood to live in. This is a great place for working moms and dads to raise a family. It’s very safe, there’s never a day where I’m feeling unsafe or scared to be out and about. Where every Boston student or new grad must live at least once. The Warren Group doesn’t break out East Cambridge stats from the rest of the People’s Republic, but anecdotally—and via any cursory search of home listings—the enclave is less expensive than Cambridge nabes such as Harvard and Porter squares or even the farther-out Alewife area, where the Red Line ends. Where your relatives think you live when you say you live in Boston. Newton is the perfect size with accessibility to Boston and all the cultural advantages of Boston. If there is any part of Boston you should see, Back Bay is the place to put at the top of your list!Read 17 Reviews. Current Resident: Homey and comfortable with a community vibe - the North End is a magnificent neighborhood in Boston. Totaling 23 in all, each compact district is distinct and easy to get to, giving visitors the chance to explore Boston’s many flavors in a relatively short amount of time. If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, a peaceful place to call home, and convenient access to the city, then this list of the best Boston suburbs is for you. The neighborhood was created by connecting several islands using land fill. West Cambridge also contains Tory Row/Brattle Street, which is lined with historic homes. If you have a family you would like to raise, it is great as well since it has many parks which are dog friendly as well and fields for people to play in and is filled with leagues for children to participate in.Read 26 Reviews, Current Resident: Moved to Oak Hill Park recently and we love it here! On the down side, it is becoming overcrowded as older lower priced homes are being bought, torn down and rebuilt. For those looking for a more diverse immersion in Boston, Chinatown is the place to be. It’s also not that expensive. Crowdsourced neighborhood map of Boston to see where to live, navigate the tourist traps, discover the hip and fashionable areas and see where the business and university districts are. It’s also still affordable—a rare thing within the city limits nowadays. The population is not that diverse, but more diverse than other villages in Newton.Read 1 Review, Current Resident: I love it here in Newton Centre. August, June and September are the most pleasant months in Boston, while January and February are the least comfortable months. The median single-family price was $599,500, up from $216,075 at the start of the last decade, according to the Warren Group. The area is clean. And the median condo price was $485,000, up $9,000 from 2018. Moved to Oak Hill Park recently and we love it here! Overall it is a very safe neighborhood, with an MBTA train stop for greater access to the city of Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and other areas that the MBTA services. 2020 Best Neighborhoods for Young Professionals. Parts of East Boston have become gentrified but much of the neighborhood retains its longtime population, including Italians. What’s more, as of April 2018 the Silver Line is running into downtown Chelsea and then right back into downtown Boston—the commute can take as little as 30 minutes one way. Nightlife isn't anything booming like NYC, as there are a lot of family establishments. Most things close by 10-11 pm, others work the regular 9-5. Brighton The dynamic and peaceful neighborhood is a great place for young families and professionals. But two of them you have to take the train then walk about 10 minutes to them. Allston-Brighton. NUF is a one of 13 villages of the city of Newton. The housing are expensive in Cambridge.Read 5 Reviews, Current Resident: NUF is a one of 13 villages of the city of Newton. I am so blessed to have grown up in Chestnut Hill, as it is very safe, and there are exceptional schools in very close proximity to my house. I see the future continuing to be bright and sustain its allure.Read 9 Reviews, Current Resident: Back Bay has everything a young professional can ask for. The city of Chelsea went bankrupt in 1991, the first Massachusetts municipality to do so since the Great... East Boston. Boston, Massachusetts is ranked: #18 in Best Places to Live #42 in Best Places to Retire #9 in Safest Places to Live Plus, because Dorchester (aka Dot) is right there in Boston proper, it’s near downtown, South Boston, and other neighborhoods such as the South End, Roxbury, and Back Bay. Although there are many advantages of all of these cities, Newton is safe, still pretty and easy to live in. Boston is graced by stately Beacon Hill, home of The Boston Pops, and the prestigious halls of learning at Boston and Northeastern University. Explore the best neighborhoods to live in the U.S. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. Ready to move? Boston is a city of neighborhoods. Although there have been changes over the years, it really hasn't changed much in terms of quality of life, however has done a good job keeping up with changing demographics and economics. Although there have been changes over the years, it really hasn't changed much in terms of quality of life, however has done a good job keeping up with changing demographics and economics. Public schools are great (Newton Public Schools), and so far, no concerns with major safety issues. Neighborhoods in Boston: Explore Boston Neighborhoods to visit with maps, travel guides, and photos on Tripadvisor. A lot of dogs in the area if u are a dog lover. There is always something to do.Read 21 Reviews, Niche User: I was born and raised in this Neighborhood, moved away for a few years and came back. Photo illustration by C.J. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other sources. Public and private interests in the city seem to recognize this, for there are hundreds of new apartments and condos going up—as well as office and lab space—on or around said Red Line stops. Overall it is a very safe neighborhood, with an MBTA train stop for greater access to the city of Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and other areas that the MBTA services. The city of Cambridge is a Boston suburb that can be subdivided into 13 different neighborhoods. East Boston, nicknamed Eastie, is a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts with over 40,000 residents. That’s especially true as the 2020s get underway. One of my favorite places is definitely Hemlock Gorge; there is always something new to find there! There is always much to do, from festivals, museums, and different ethnic food to eat. Read more on how this ranking was calculated. It's a quiet and unique neighborhood built for families with great schools. Riverside. Dorchester was its own city until the 1870s!) Charlestown is a neighborhood on the north side of Boston, situated on the banks of the Mystic River and the Boston Harbor. Fact: The city of Cambridge is one of the most expensive in New England, with a median 2019 condo sales price of $760,000 and a median single-family price of $1.5 million. Which neighborhood is the “it” place now? It’s lively. A lot has changed, but still my choice to raise my own. The culture in Harvard Square is awesome, it is diverse, safe, and surrounded by academically minded individuals. And its single-family price hit $619,500 in 2019—almost double the total 10 years before. Boston is a beautiful city, with historic neighborhoods filled with amazing architecture and charming sights everywhere you look. Quincy might be the perfect bedroom community if you work in Boston proper. I like all there is to do here. Eastie is on the cusp of becoming just as pricey as its nearby brethren the North End and Government Center. They are each far from stale or staid, but instead dynamic enclaves that offer a lot of energy. ... Plus, the area’s hottest towns and neighborhoods for every generation. It's perfect for families that want to settle down. There are many great parks and it is very dog/kid friendly. About this List Cambridgeport. It's perfect for families that want to settle down. And that my friend, is more 0s than most of us will see in our bank account for a long, long time — if we ever get that lucky. Act quickly, however, because it won’t stay this way for much longer. 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