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Living in Boston

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.

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Walk Score of Boston, MA

Boston is Very Walkable

Most errands can be accomplished on foot.

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Mission Hill Playground

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Park Street Station

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

Boston has excellent public transportation and is somewhat bikeable.

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

Boston Apartments for Rent

View all Boston apartments on a map. The average rent is $2,550 and the average home price is $659,500.

Rental info for One Greenway in the Boston area
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Studio
Walk Score 98
Rental info for Vox on Two in the Boston area
from $2,175
Studio
Walk Score 22
Rental info for Reservoir Towers in the Boston area
from $1,900
1 bed
Walk Score 61
Rental info for Avalon North Point Lofts in the Boston area
from $2,210
Studio
Walk Score 80
Rental info for Devonshire in the Boston area
from $2,800
1 bed
Walk Score 97
Rental info for AVA Theater District in the Boston area
from $2,414
Studio
Walk Score 99
Rental info for Parkside Place in the Boston area
from $2,029
1 bed
Walk Score 58
Rental info for Waverly Apartments in the Boston area
from $1,929
2 bed
Walk Score 77

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

Eating & Drinking

There are about 2,606 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Boston.

People in Boston can walk to an average of 4 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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Crazy Dough's Pizza

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The Real Deal Deli

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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.

Neighborhood Guides

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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

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Bike Score of Boston, MA

Boston is Bikeable

Some bike infrastructure.

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Bike sharing is available from Hubway.

What's It Like to Live in Boston?

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Castle At Park Plaza Hotel

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Francis D Martini Memorial Shell

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Francis D Martini Memorial Shell

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SoWa Open Market

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.

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Dorchester Heights National Historic Site

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Navarrette Grocery

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.

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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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Roslindale Fish Market

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Parkview Inn

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Elsie E. Davis Square

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Paul Revere

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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Mildred Avenue Sprinkler Park

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Resting Area

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Outdoors

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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