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Living in Back Bay Boston

Back Bay is the 7th most walkable neighborhood in Boston with 18,194 residents.

Back Bay has world-class public transportation and is very bikeable.

Nearby neighborhoods: Bay Village, Beacon Hill, South End, West End, Lower Roxbury, Chinatown - Leather District and Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood.

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Walk Score of Back Bay, Boston, MA

Back Bay is a Walker’s Paradise

Daily errands do not require a car.

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Resting Place

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Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

Daily errands do not require a car in Back Bay Boston.

Back Bay is the 7th most walkable neighborhood in Boston with a Walk Score of 96.

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

Back Bay Boston Apartments for Rent

Back Bay Neighborhood Ranking

Compare Back Bay to other Boston neighborhoods.




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5 South End 96 95 83 24,651
6 Downtown 96 100 77 9,358
7 Back Bay 96 97 88 18,194
8 West End 94 100 84 4,062
9 Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood 92 96 91 36,713

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Eating & Drinking

There are about 390 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Back Bay.

People in Back Bay can walk to an average of 35 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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thumbnail for Ben & Jerry's Ice CreamFind your favorite unique flavors only sold at these scoop shops. Bonus: They have newly introduced frozen greek yogurt flavors. #icecreamshop Photo: Mike Fisher

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on Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

Transit Score of Back Bay, Boston, MA

Back Bay is a Rider’s Paradise

World-class public transportation. Find Back Bay Boston apartments for rent near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

Back Bay has world-class public transportation and about 12 bus and 1 light rail lines passing through it.

Transit Time

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

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Back Bay has about 21 car shares from RelayRides, Zipcar and Enterprise CarShare.

Bike Score of Back Bay, Boston, MA

Back Bay is Very Bikeable

Biking is convenient for most trips.


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Bike sharing is available from Hubway.

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Photo of Copley Square Farmers Market in Back Bay, Boston

Copley Square Farmers Market

Photo of Local Art On Newbury in Back Bay, Boston

Local Art On Newbury

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Boston Duck Tours

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Cuffs Irish Bar

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Quest Eternal

thumbnail for BerryLineThe growing froyo (frozen yogurt) phase is slowly gaining popularity in the cold treats category. Check this place out with their genuine yogurt flavors and various berry toppings. #icecreamshop Photo: BerryLine

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on BerryLine

thumbnail for Copley Square Farmers MarketShop here for local, organic and delicious produce. Tip: Cash only. However, there is an EBT Card stand that will match your $10 charge with $10 extra to spend in the market. Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays, 11am-6pm. #farmersmarket Photo: Copley Square

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on Copley Square Farmers Market

thumbnail for Emack & Bolio's Ice CreamEmack & Bolio's will serve you monstrous portions. Bonus: Get your scoop in a homemade waffle cone topped with Fruit Loops or Rice Krispies. #icecreamscoop Photo: Robyn Lee

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on Emack & Bolio's Ice Cream

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