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Boston, MA

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The median salary in Boston, MA is:
$51,739
Boston, MA is the 8th most expensive city of database of 232 cities

Cost Of Living

Median 2-bedroom apartment rent
$2,669
Median home price (3BR, 2BA)
$576,133

Demographics

Population
625,087
Population growth from 2010 to 2011
1.20%
Percent women
52.10%
Ratio of unmarried men to women
93 / 100
Percent population with Bachelor's degree
42.80%
Diversity rating
56 - Moderately diverse
Percent foreign born
27.10%
Median age
30.8

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Quality of Life

Walk Score
79 - Very walkable
Average commute time to work
28.6 minutes
Public transit rating
74 - Excellent transit
Violent crime rate per 100,000 inhabitants
850
Bars per 1,000 people
0.77
Gyms per 1,000 people
0.54

School Information

Average public school rating on GreatSchools.com
4 / 10
Number of private schools
23
Number of private elementary schools
11
Number of private high schools
8
Estimated average private high school tuition
$22,657 / year

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  • Core cost of living data is from ACCRA Cost of Living Index from the Council for Community and Economic Research. Price collection by city is conducted in strict conformance with standard specifications at specified times.
  • Demographics data (including population, age, ethnicity, education and gender breakdown) were compiled from the U.S. Census.
  • Quality of life data (gyms, bars and beauty salons per 1,000 residents) were collected from the Yellow Pages. Walkability and public transit scores were obtained from Walk Score.
  • Monthly bus pass costs were obtained from the individual websites of the public transit system for each city. For example, the cost of an unlimited MetroCard in New York was obtained from the MTA website.
  • Education data was provided courtesy of Greatschools, a nationwide ratings system that evaluates schools based on performance on state achievement tests. Private school data was obtained from the Department of Education, and average private tuition was compiled by averaging tuition across randomly selected schools in each city.
  • NerdWallet excluded state and local tax data because tax rates vary by state and metropolitan area, and sometimes within metropolitan area as well. Due to the plethora of state taxes, local taxes, jurisdictions and assessment procedures involved in the assessment of income, property and sales taxes, local tax rates cannot be accurately calculated.
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How is this tool different from other resources out there?
    While other resources provide basic cost comparisons, NerdWallet’s cost of living calculator and accompanying city life tool go one step further by offering information on schools, quality of life and demographics, giving users a one-stop shop to explore new cities.
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