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Living in Boston

Home to MBTA, America's first subway system and dubbed "The Walking City" Boston is a pedestrian's perfect city. Bostonites can catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, or visit Boston Common, the oldest public park in the US.

The powerhouse investment firm, Fidelity Investments, solidified Boston's spot in the Top 30 Most Economically Powerful Cities in the World. Healthcare professionals often relocate to Boston to work at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Walk Score of Boston, MA

Boston is Very Walkable

Most errands can be accomplished on foot.

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Chinatown Gate

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Union Oyster House, Inc.

Boston is the 3rd most walkable large city in the US with 617,594 residents.

Boston has excellent public transportation and is very bikeable.

Find apartments in Boston's most walkable neighborhoods: Chinatown - Leather District, North End and Beacon Hill.

Boston Apartments for Rent

View all Boston apartments on a map. The average rent is $2,700 and the average home price is $679,000.

Rental info for Brandywyne Village in the Boston area
from $1,868
1 bed
Walk Score 66
Rental info for Chelsea Place in the Boston area
from $1,860
1 bed
Walk Score 71
Rental info for The Greenhouse Apartments in the Boston area
from $2,500
1 bed
Walk Score 97
Rental info for Van Ness in the Boston area
from $2,720
Studio
Walk Score 95
Rental info for Avalon at Chestnut Hill in the Boston area
from $3,000
Studio
Walk Score 58
Rental info for One Canal Apartment Homes in the Boston area
from $2,349
Studio
Walk Score 98
Rental info for 1440 Beacon in the Boston area
from $2,125
Studio
Walk Score 95
Rental info for Watermark Kendall East/West in the Boston area
from $3,204
1 bed
Walk Score 79

To view Boston homes for sale sorted by Walk Score, visit Trulia.com.

Boston Neighborhoods

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1 Chinatown - Leather District 98 100 73 4,431
2 North End 98 100 79 11,195
3 Beacon Hill 98 100 73 9,978
4 Bay Village 98 100 71 1,307
5 Downtown 96 100 77 9,358
6 South End 96 96 83 24,651
7 Back Bay 96 97 88 18,194
8 West End 94 100 84 4,062
9 Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood 93 96 91 36,713
10 Central Maverick Square - Paris Street 92 67 75 11,164
11 Central Square 91 62 72 704
12 Lower Roxbury 91 97 85 13,752
13 Hyde Square 89 85 88 8,114
14 Telegraph Hill 88 56 64 8,392
15 D Street - West Broadway 88 70 71 10,407
16 Uphams Corner - Jones Hill 88 65 60 11,385
17 Meeting House Hill 88 69 50 7,489
18 Mission Hill 87 97 84 17,692
19 Fields Corner West 87 73 52 5,398
20 Jeffries Point 86 66 75 8,312
21 Fields Corner East 86 66 57 2,888
22 Egleston Square 86 74 79 6,800
23 Eagle Hill 86 64 68 9,558
24 St. Marks 85 77 57 9,654
25 Sav-Mor 85 78 70 6,088
26 Thompson Square - Bunker Hill 84 71 78 13,293
27 Dudley - Brunswick King 83 72 63 15,435
28 Bowdoin North - Mount Bowdoin 83 70 58 5,193
29 Mattapan Square 83 69 61 1,007
30 Allston 83 73 95 19,014
31 Columbus Park - Andrew Square 82 70 76 7,457
32 Ashmont 81 81 51 6,915
33 Washington Park 81 76 70 17,431
34 Jamaica Central - South Sumner 81 75 88 10,304
35 Codman Square - East Codman Hill 81 75 52 9,774
36 Stony Brook - Cleary Square 80 59 59 5,895
37 Neponset - Port Norfolk 79 60 57 7,073
38 Medford Street - The Neck 79 67 69 3,078
39 Highland Park 78 91 78 3,945
40 City Point 78 53 67 7,430
41 St. Elizabeth's 78 82 75 15,539
42 Commonwealth 78 82 80 22,199
43 Wellington Hill 76 61 59 7,853
44 Oak Square 76 62 64 16,728
45 Lower Washington - Mount Hope 75 65 70 9,124
46 Franklin Field North 74 73 62 7,044
47 Lower East Mills - Cedar Grove 74 70 63 5,242
48 Centre-South 73 59 72 4,462
49 West Codman Hill - West Lower Mills 72 68 51 5,389
50 Metropolitan Hill - Beach Street 72 58 52 13,945
51 Columbia Point 71 66 68 16,963
52 Franklin Field South 69 64 61 10,221
53 Bellevue Hill 67 48 46 2,707
54 Harbor View - Orient Heights 64 55 53 11,113
55 Jamaica Hills - Pond 64 66 81 7,611
56 Southern Mattapan 64 66 51 10,243
57 Forest Hills - Woodbourne 61 73 70 4,593
58 West Street - River Street 58 57 48 14,063
59 Brook Farm 55 43 54 12,731
60 Readville 54 48 52 3,767
61 Fairmount Hills 54 49 53 5,336
62 Upper Washington - Spring Street 53 44 45 14,323
63 Georgetown 41 46 55 2,626
64 Long Island 0 32 13 532

Eating & Drinking

There are about 2,867 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Boston.

People in Boston can walk to an average of 3 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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Charlestown Navy Yard

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Crazy Dough's Pizza

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thumbnail for Chinatown GateThe entrance on Beach Street to the majority of restaurants & shops in Chinatown.

Ian R Hutchinson
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Transit Score of Boston, MA

Boston has Excellent Transit

Transit is convenient for most trips. Find Boston apartments for rent near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

Boston has excellent public transportation and about 112 bus, 12 rail, 3 subway, 2 light rail and 3 ferry lines.

Transit Time

The map above shows how far you can travel in 30 minutes from Boston on public transit.

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Boston has about 247 car shares from RelayRides, Zipcar, Hertz On Demand and Enterprise CarShare.

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Francis D Martini Memorial Shell

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Francis D Martini Memorial Shell

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Navarrette Grocery

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George Washington Statue

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Huntington Ave @ Mass Ave

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Huntington Ave @ Mass Ave

Bike Score of Boston, MA

Boston is Very Bikeable

Biking is convenient for most trips.

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Bike sharing is available from Hubway.

What's It Like to Live in Boston?

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Mission Hill Playground

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Park Street Station

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Castle At Park Plaza Hotel

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Francis D Martini Memorial Shell

Overview

Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the US. Its critical role in US history isn’t confined to the Revolutionary War, though. The first public school was opened in Boston, and the city built the first subway system in the US in 1897. Boston was progressive about transit decades – a whole century! – before most of America’s cities. A city with that kind of foresight about mass transit means that there are solid foundations in place for great walkable communities.

The Boston area is home to a number of prestigious universities. Harvard and MIT across the Charles River in Cambridge. Tufts – well known for its medical school – is north of the city. That’s just big names, Boston has more than 100 colleges and universities and an estimated student population of over 250,000. The city is home to the iconic Red Sox, the Celtics, and the world famous Boston Marathon. Because of its location on the banks of the Charles, it’s known for rowing and is the site of the annual Head of the Charles Regatta.

All those students make for an educated work force. Hospitals are some of the biggest employers in the region, though there’s also a large financial services sector; Fidelity Investments is here. There are a few publishers including Houghton Mifflen and Bedford-St. Martins. Car share company Zipcar has their headquarters in Boston and many big tech companies – Microsoft, Twitter, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard – have satellite campuses in the region.

The oldest public park in the United States is in Boston – Boston Commons – and the city has been highly rated for its public park system. The city gets four true seasons, with spring and fall being spectacular, flowering trees or changing leaves, you get them both. Boston’s Irish roots still influence local culture, as does the sizeable Italian population. The city also has a large Jewish community.

Photo of Francis D Martini Memorial Shell in Boston

Francis D Martini Memorial Shell

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SoWa Open Market

Getting Around

The MBTA combines a subway (the “T”), bus, commuter rail and ferry boat system to provide transit to the greater Boston area. The extensive subway system includes a connection to Logan International Airport. If the subway doesn’t reach your neighborhood, the commuter rail line probably does. Bus service fills in the gaps.

Amtrak and a handful of bus lines run regular service to New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC, and there are a number of express bus lines that serve these routes as well. If you need a car to run errands or move something big, ZipCar has dozens of stations not just in the city, but out in Brookline, Brighton, Medford, Malden, and more.

RelayRides and Getaround – peer to peer car sharing services – also operate in the Boston area.

MassBike publishes the map that shows where the best bike routes are in Boston – and most of the topography is very bicycle friendly. They’re plentiful, as you’d expect in a city with so many students. The city is seeing increasing number of bicycle commuter and continues to install bike racks and secure bike parking at major T stations. The Hubway has 72 stations in central Boston and 32 stations in Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville.

thumbnail for Union Oyster House, Inc.The oldest continuously operated restaurant in America. JFK was a regular here.

Aerin
on Union Oyster House, Inc.

Neighborhoods

The North End is a historic neighborhood – it was where Paul Revere lived – and it’s top ranked in the city for walkability. It’s densely populated, the streets are narrow, there’s an abundance of excellent restaurants, and it’s got one of the city’s best public schools. This was once a primarily Italian neighborhood; gentrification has changed the character. There are more professionals and more fancy renovations of the colonial era brick buildings, and there are brand new luxury condo complexes right on the waterfront. You can have a gourmet kitchen and balcony with a view across the river while being walking distance from everything you need.

Chinatown also ranks very high for walkability. At street level, it’s got all the stuff you’d expect from a historic Chinatown, funky markets, great restaurants, but Chinatown is also home to towering modern highrise apartment buildings and some nicely renovated classic brick buildings.

You’ll find one and two bedroom apartments in modern buildings with onsite gyms, stainless steel kitchen appliances, and other luxury amenities.

West of downtown, Allston is on the light rail line and has lots of single family homes, some of them quite large, with four or more bedrooms. Forbes Magazine called Allston “blue collar meets hipster” in reference to the large student population mixed with working class families. There are two and three story homes here, places with hardwood floors, off street parking, and you may find prices a little lower than in other Boston neighborhoods.

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Dorchester Heights National Historic Site

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Navarrette Grocery

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Roslindale Fish Market

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Parkview Inn

Fenway, the area around the stadium, has a Whole Foods market and is bordered on one side by Back Bay Fens, a park with a rose garden, play fields, and, because of the fresh water, a nice spot for birders. It’s not just baseball at Fenway, the Boston Symphony is nearby and the Museum of Fine Arts. There are apartments in older, attractive brick buildings, some of them quite large. A few of the buildings have nice detailing still in place – box molding ceilings in the public areas, fireplaces, hardwood and hardwood floors.

Cambridge, across the river from Boston and home to Harvard University, has a mix of student housing, row houses and townhomes, and swanky new apartments. It’s possible to find some single family homes here, but most of the rentals are studios up to two bedroom apartments.

Everything near the university is walkable and you’re never far from transit. Because you’re close to campus, there’s all kinds of street life – there are dozens of restaurants and cafes in West Cambridge the neighborhood just south of campus.

There’s no shortage of walkable options in Boston. Should you pick a place right in the center of the city, or further out on the commuter line, it’s entirely possible to live car-free in this historic – yet always forward thinking – city.

Home to MBTA, the world's first subway system and dubbed "The Walking City" Boston is a pedestrian's perfect city. Bostonites can catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, or visit Boston Common, the oldest public park in the US.

The powerhouse investment firm, Fidelity Investments, solidified Boston's spot in the Top 30 Most Economically Powerful Cities in the World. Healthcare professionals often relocate to Boston to work at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Find apartments to rent in one of Boston's many historic neighborhoods. Heading to Beantown for college? Find walkable Boston college apartments for rent near Harvard, MIT, or Boston College. 63% of Boston residents rent their home. Search for apartments or homes in Beacon Hill, Brighton, Dorchester, or Charleston.

MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) makes transportation around the city easy, with convenient access to the Boston Subway, Green Line, Blue Line and Orange Line. Find the best place to live in Boston with Walk Score.

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Ian R Hutchinson
on Charlestown Navy Yard

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Elsie E. Davis Square

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Paul Revere

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Mildred Avenue Sprinkler Park

thumbnail for Mission Hill PlaygroundNestled between the Mission Church & Maurice J. Tobin School is this large playground with water play & two basketball hoops & down the hill is a baseball field.

Ian R Hutchinson
on Mission Hill Playground

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