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Living in Downtown Boston

Downtown is the 5th most walkable neighborhood in Boston with 9,358 residents.

Downtown has world-class public transportation and is very bikeable.

Nearby neighborhoods: Chinatown - Leather District, Beacon Hill, North End, Bay Village, West End, South End and Thompson Square - Bunker Hill.

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Walk Score of Downtown, Boston, MA

Downtown is a Walker’s Paradise

Daily errands do not require a car.

Photo of Filene's Construction in Downtown, Boston

Filene's Construction

Photo of Norman B. Leventhal Park in Downtown, Boston

Norman B. Leventhal Park

Daily errands do not require a car in Downtown Boston.

Downtown is the 5th most walkable neighborhood in Boston with a Walk Score of 96.

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

Downtown Boston Apartments for Rent

View all Downtown apartments on a map.

Rental info for One Canal Apartment Homes in the Downtown area
from $2,749
Studio
Walk Score 98
Rental info for The Kensington in the Downtown area
from $3,075
Studio
Walk Score 97
Rental info for One Greenway in the Downtown area
from $2,460
Studio
Walk Score 98
Rental info for AVA Theater District in the Downtown area
from $2,844
Studio
Walk Score 99
Rental info for Devonshire in the Downtown area
from $2,800
1 bed
Walk Score 97
Rental info for Troy Boston in the Downtown area
from $2,120
Studio
Walk Score 93
Rental info for Avenir in the Downtown area
from $2,640
1 bed
Walk Score 98

Downtown Neighborhood Ranking

Compare Downtown to other Boston neighborhoods.

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Name

Walk Score

Transit Score

Bike Score

Population

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

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Eating & Drinking

There are about 868 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Downtown.

People in Downtown can walk to an average of 72 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

Restaurant Choices Map

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

Aerin
on Union Oyster House, Inc.

Transit Score of Downtown, Boston, MA

Downtown is a Rider’s Paradise

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

Public Transit Routes

Downtown has world-class public transportation and about 37 bus, 12 rail, 3 subway, 1 light rail and 1 ferry lines passing through it.

Transit Time

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

icon for car shares in Downtown

Downtown has about 19 car shares from RelayRides, Zipcar and Enterprise CarShare.

Neighborhood Guides

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Photo of Hubway: Faneuil Hall - Union St. at North St. in Downtown, Boston

Hubway: Faneuil Hall - Union St. at North St.

Photo of Congress St @ North St in Downtown, Boston

Congress St @ North St

Photo of Haymarket in Downtown, Boston

Haymarket

Bike Score of Downtown, Boston, MA

Downtown is Very Bikeable

Biking is convenient for most trips.

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icon for bike shares in Downtown

Bike sharing is available from Hubway.

Photo of George Thorndike Angell Memorial Square in Downtown, Boston

George Thorndike Angell Memorial Square

Photo of Liberty Square Hungarian Revolution Memorial in Downtown, Boston

Liberty Square Hungarian Revolution Memorial

Photo of Courtyard Boston Downtown in Downtown, Boston

Courtyard Boston Downtown

Photo of A Pocket Park in Downtown, Boston

A Pocket Park

Photo of Winter Street in Downtown, Boston

Winter Street

Photo of Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum in Downtown, Boston

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

thumbnail for Tremont Temple Baptist ChurchThis is a great temple baptist church, its a beautiful temple, stop in say a prayer, great location and very easy to get too.

Voula Paras
on Tremont Temple Baptist Church

Photo of Family Probate Court House in Downtown, Boston

Family Probate Court House

Photo of Resting Stop in Downtown, Boston

Resting Stop

Photo of MBTA in Downtown, Boston

MBTA

Photo of City Hall Farmers Market in Downtown, Boston

City Hall Farmers Market

thumbnail for Chinatown Park WaterfallBamboo lined walking path along the water at Chinatown Park.

Ian R Hutchinson
on Chinatown Park Waterfall

Photo of Tai Tung Park in Downtown, Boston

Tai Tung Park

Photo of Winthrop Square in Downtown, Boston

Winthrop Square

Photo of Dewey Square Park in Downtown, Boston

Dewey Square Park

Photo of Wang YMCA of Chinatown in Downtown, Boston

Wang YMCA of Chinatown

thumbnail for Filene's ConstructionThis will eventually be a major commerce area at Downtown Crossing.

Ian R Hutchinson
on Filene's Construction

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