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Boston, the capital of Massachusetts (population ~700,000), is comprised of 13 distinct neighborhoods, each with a feel and culture that distinguishes it from the others. Some like Brighton, Allston and Fenway, because of their proximity to the area’s colleges and universities, appeal to professors and students. Others, such as Beacon Hill and Back Bay, are lined with gorgeous Brownstones that appeal to the affluent. The neighborhood you will choose will depend in large part on your budget and the location of your workplace or school.

Boston is a city rich in history as a city of many firsts – the first public park in the U.S. (Boston Common, 1634), the first public or state school (Boston Latin School, 1635) and first subway system (Tremont Street subway, 1897). As a seat of the American Revolution, there are many historic landmarks to enjoy.

Today, Boston is a thriving center of scientific research. Boston’s many colleges and universities make it a world leader in higher education, including law, medicine, engineering, technology and business. Boston’s economic base also includes finance, professional and business services, biotechnology, and government activities. The city has one of the highest costs of living in the United States as it has undergone gentrification, though it remains high on world livability rankings.

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