Are you thinking about moving to Boston for a job? Or maybe you live and work here, but are always looking to learn more about the city?
Either way, it’s good to know as much as possible about this wonderful, eclectic yet history-filled metropolitan area that we call Boston. Here are 15 useful and fun facts about Boston to know :
- The city of Boston, which covers approximately 48 square miles, has 617,725 inhabitants.
- Boston is relatively diverse: Of the total population, 50 percent are Caucasian, 25 percent are African American, 19 percent are Hispanic or Latino and 9.3 percent are Asian. People of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent form 0.4 percent of the population.
- Boston consists of 23 neighborhoods, including Downtown, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Jamaica Plain, Allston and Brighton.
- There are 59,268 companies in Boston; 19,390 are women-owned, 17,686 are minority-owned and 4,569 are veteran owned.
- Almost sixty-nine percent of Boston’s population participates in the labor force, and in 2016, the median household total income was $75,300. This is significantly higher than the national median income, which was $59,039.
- Greater Boston is the 10th largest metropolitan statistical area in U.S., with 4.8 million inhabitants, many of whom commute to Boston daily.
- The average travel time to work is half an hour — and 14.5 percent of Bostonians actually walk to work. That’s the highest rate of the 30 largest cities in the U.S.!
- Boston is home to 35 universities, colleges and community colleges. Among some of the most famous are Harvard University, Boston College, Tufts University, MIT and Boston University. All things considered, there are plenty of options if you want to pursue additional education while you’re working.
- In Boston, 85 percent of people over 25 have a high school degree. Forty-six percent of people older than 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
- The Boston University Bridge — commonly referred to as the BU bridge — is one of the few places in the world where a watercraft can pass under a train moving under a vehicle driving under a plane.
- Happy hours (based on alcohol discounts) aren’t allowed in Boston. On the upside, there are plenty of cocktail bars – from fancy to divey – where you can enjoy an after-work drink with your colleagues or friends and even some happy hour appetizer deals.
- According to the JLL City Momentum Index 2018, Boston is the world’s 5thmost dynamic city in terms of infrastructure, environmental quality, higher education infrastructure, technology firms, innovation capability and international patent applications.
- Boston has a thriving food truck culture — ideal for a quick work lunch. You can find a list of food trucks by neighborhood on the City of Boston’s website.
- Patriot’s Day, which commemorates the first battles of the Revolutionary War — the Battles of Lexington and Concord — is celebrated on the third Monday in April. Public institutions are closed, and so are many private companies.
- New England weather is notoriously fickle, but if you want to know the weather forecast for Boston, you can just look at the city’s skyline. On top of the 26-story Berkeley Building, a beacon displays lights that are color-coded according to the forecast. There’s even a rhyme for it:
“Steady blue, clear view
Flashing blue, clouds due
Steady red, storms ahead
Flashing red, snow instead.”
Now that you know a little more about Boston, it’s time to explore the city for yourself. Just remember to reserve plenty of time, because whether you want to walk the Freedom Trail, visit the New England Aquarium, spend an afternoon at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, attend a Red Sox game or just enjoy one of Boston’s many parks, there’s more than enough to keep you busy after work and on the weekends!