With a population of around 675,000 people, Boston is nowhere near the size of New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago, but that’s part of its charm. City dwellers and suburbanites alike can find something to love about Boston and the surrounding areas, from stunning ocean views and beautiful fall foliage to the wide range of educational and career opportunities at your fingertips.
Here are just a few things to keep in mind if you’re considering a move to “The Hub.”
High Housing Prices
Boston is a hugely popular city, and this is reflected in the housing prices. According to Trulia, the median sale price in Boston is $600,000 and the median monthly rent is $3,100 as of May 2018. Zillow’s estimates are similar, with a median sale price of $614,700 and a median monthly rent of $2,676 as of February and March 2018, respectively.
Before packing your bags, know that Boston consistently ranks as one of the top 10 most expensive cities in the country, mostly because of the high housing costs. Housing tends to be more expensive and in demand in early September, due to the influx of new college students, and near the subway, called “the T.”
Housing prices go both ways – although price tags may be high, that also makes property in the city and surrounding areas a good investment as long as real estate valuations keep rising.
Methods of Transportation
Boston can mostly be conquered on foot. Consider living close to work and walking or biking or taking the T, bus or ferry to get around. Be forewarned, the T shuts down between 12:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. depending on which line you ride.
If you do bring a car, know that Boston’s streets are notoriously difficult to navigate, especially for newcomers. There are narrow lanes, small street parking spots, one-ways, roundabouts and plenty of dead ends. If you’re used to a grid system, there will be a learning curve as you adjust to driving by landmark and GPS rather than cardinal directions.
Ability to Travel
One of the perks of moving to the East Coast is your home’s proximity to lots of exciting destinations. There are plenty of places you can go to for a day or weekend trip, like:
- Cape Cod
- Martha’s Vineyard
- New York City
Perhaps you’d like to hit the ski slopes this winter? Don’t forget that you can easily drive to Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine for a change of scenery.
Alas, not everyone in Boston talks like Matt Damon or Mark Wahlberg, especially since so many of the city’s residents are transplants who relocated for work or school. However, it’s true that native Bostonians tend to drop their Rs and flatten their As, which can make for some amusing misunderstandings between locals and newbies.
Boston is a truly American city steeped in Revolutionary War history. Founded in 1630 by Puritans, it became the site of many historic events, like the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. The city’s colorful history is a big part of its personality and a point of pride for residents. Locals and visitors alike can walk the Freedom Trail, which is marked by a brick line and includes a stop at the Paul Revere House.
No matter what your favorite sport is, there’s likely a place for you in Boston. Many locals are borderline fanatical about their teams – the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins, among others – and it shows in sports bars and public transit around game times. If you don’t care much for sports, it helps to at least brush up on the most famous players and coaches, past and present, so you aren’t left in the dark.
While Boston has a strong cultural identity of its own, more and more people are moving to the city from elsewhere in the U.S. and the world. One major draw is the sheer number of colleges and universities in the area, including:
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Harvard University
- Tufts University
- Northeastern University
- Boston College
- Boston University
- Simmons College
- Wellesley College
- Emerson College
- And Many Others!
Because Boston is right on the ocean, the seafood is always fresh. Residents can enjoy clam chowder, oysters, cod, and of course, lobster. While the traditional delicacies are always scrumptious, there’s also a burgeoning restaurant scene that hardcore foodies will enjoy.
Moving to Boston
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