Newcomers Guide to Boston

Boston is a city rich in history and modern culture and a historic destination for immigrants from around the world. While it has one of the highest cost of living in the U.S., it also offers one of the highest quality of life ratings. If you are considering relocation to Boston, here is some basic information about  neighborhoods, employment, and leisure activities in this beautiful, coastal metropolis.

Newcomers Guide to Boston

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S., established in 1625. It soon became an important government and educational center. Impressive historic architecture, famous universities, and locations of significant historical events. Boston is also a huge metropolitan center with far reaching suburbs that have become part of greater Boston.

Beacon Hill

One of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, exploring Beacon Hill is a journey into American history. This neighborhood was one of the first U.S. cities built by an urban planner, and it is still a vibrant neighborhood today.

Beck Bay

Inspired by French architecture, the Beck Bay neighborhood was reclaimed from the sea during its development in the 19th century. Trinity Church, John Hancock Tower, and Boston’s fine Public Library are all located here.

North End

North End is Boston’s “Little Italy”. A historic home to immigrants from all over, especially Italy, North End is known for family restaurants, delis, bakeries, and a vibrant social life. Paul Revere’s House is one of the landmarks, and the Freedom Trail, a hiking trail connecting historic places around the city, meanders through the neighborhood.

Jobs, Transportation, and Leisure

One of Boston’s major employment industries is in the city’s many universities and colleges and the businesses that serve students and faculty. Boston’s famous and important harbor is another important area of employment, and over 21 million visitors a year make tourism a central source of jobs for Boston residents. Other important economic areas are finance, government, and an increasing number of biotechnology companies. Boston has been rated one of the best areas for those working in life sciences, and it is the U.S. city that receives the largest share of National Institute of Health funding.

Boston’s extensive subway, bus, and commuter trains make getting around easy and inexpensive. Locals call the system the “T”. Watch out though: Public transport shuts down at 12:30 PM, although bars stay open until 2 AM. Boston Commons and the Boston Public Garden provide some of the finest urban open space in the country. The Commons are a 300 year old open space for walking, picnicking, and exploring the City’s history. Built in 1837, Boston’s Public Gardens are the first such gardens created in U.S. history.