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Boston city, Massachusetts

Boston city, Massachusetts
Nickname(s):Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe), The Cradle of Liberty, The Cradle of Modern America, The Athens of America, The Walking City
Founded:September 17, 1630
Incorporated:March 4, 1822
- Total:617.594 (2010)
- Density:12.604,0/sq mi (4.901,5/sq km)
Area code(s):617, 857
Time zone:EST (UTC-5)
Summer Time zone:EDT (UTC-4)
- Total:91 sq mi (234 sq km)
- Land:49 sq mi (126 sq km)
- Water:42 sq mi (108 sq km)
- % water:46,15 %

Quick information summary of the Boston city area.

Boston city is located in the state of Massachusetts. It occupies the area of 91 square miles. 42 square miles are water areas and 49 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Boston city lies at +42.3319600, -071.0201725 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 617.594 living in the Boston city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (53.92%), Black or African American (24.36%) and Asian (8.94%). Median age is 30 for the males and 31 for the females.

Boston is the capital and the largest city in the US state of Massachusetts. It is the largest city in the New England region and its unofficial capital. Settled in 1639, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States.

In 2010, Boston had a population of 617,594, while its metropolitan area, known as Greater Boston, had a population of 4.5 million.

Boston is an international education center and a health care center as well. The city is known for its rich history and some of its nicknames include “The Cradle of Liberty,” “The Cradle of Modern America,” “The Athens of America,” The Hub” and “Beantown.” The official motto of Boston is “Sicut patribus sit Deus nobis,” which is Latin for “As God was with our fathers, so may he be with us.”

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Statistical data for the Boston city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
333,03353.92 %
Black or African American alone
150,43724.36 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
2,3990.39 %
Asian alone
55,2358.94 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
2650.04 %
Some Other Race alone
51,8938.40 %
Two or More races
24,3323.94 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Boston city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Boston city part within the Subdivision
Suffolk County 722.023- Boston city part617.594
Boston city 617.594- Boston city part617.594

Profile of the Boston city

History of Boston

The city was founded in 1630 by the Puritan colonists of the Massachusetts Bay Company, who are not to be confused with Pilgrims who founded Plymouth Colony ten years earlier. The new town got its name after Boston in England. Soon after the town was settled, the Puritans established the first public school in America, Boston Latin School. Over the next 130 years, Boston grew continuously and became the largest town in British North America until it was surpassed by Philadelphia in 18th century.

In 1770, the colonial resentment of the British oppression grew stronger, especially in New England, and eventually led to the American Revolutionary War, during which time many of the pivotal moments in American history took place either in or around Boston, including the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill and Siege of Boston. The city always relied greatly on sea travel and transportation and after the Revolutionary war it became the nation’s hub for international commerce. Boston was also one of the major abolitionist centers in America.

Boston was incorporated as a city in 1822. The first large waves of European immigrants started arriving by the mid-19th century, especially the Irish, who are still today one of the largest communities in the city. Other immigrants, such as Poles, Russians, Lebanese, Germans, Jews, Syrians and French Canadians came too and by the end of the 19th century Boston became divided into ethnically distinct enclaves. The first subway system in the USA was built in Boston in 1897.

In the first half of the 20th century, many business moved out of the city area and Boston was in decline. Fortunately, the new economy boom came in 1970s, many companies moved their headquarters to the city and new companies opened, the city got a number of new high-rises and today it has the second-largest skyline in the Northeast (after New York City). Boston became a leading health care center with hospitals such as Massachusetts General, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and also a major center of higher education with such prestigious institutions as Boston University, the Harvard Medical School, Northeastern University and many more.

Today, even though it lost some of the institutions to other cities, Boston is a political, intellectual, cultural and technological center.

Geography and Climate

Boston is located on the Shawmut Peninsula in New England region of the Northeastern United States. It is very compact and densely populated. The city territory includes a number of islands, most of which belong to the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. The rivers in Boston area include the Neponset River, Mystic River and Chelsea Creek. The highest point in the city is Bellevue Hill 1t 330 feet.

The city has 21 official neighborhoods. Back Bay and South End are built on reclaimed land from three hills in the city. Boston is famous for its brownstone buildings, which are dominant especially in the Back Bay neighborhood. The downtown area of the city is mostly low-rise, and in other parts of the city center, such as the Financial District, Government Center and South Boston they are mixed with modern skyscrapers. The South End Historic District is the largest surviving Victorian style neighborhood in the United States. The largest body of freshwater is Jamaica Pond, part of the Emerald Necklace - a string of parks that includes Boston Common, which is the oldest public park in the USA, and Boston Public Garden.

The climate in Boston is continental, with elements of maritime climate due to the proximity of the ocean. The summers in Boston are warm and rainy and the winters are cold, windy and snowy.

Population of Boston

In 2010, the racial makeup of the city was 53.9% White, 24.4% Black, 17.5% Hispanic or Latino, 8.9% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 1.6% some other race and 2.4% two or more races. The largest ethnic group are the Irish, followed by Italians. Other significant communities in the city include Jewish, West Indian, South Asian, Dominican and Vietnamese.


Boston has the sixth-largest economy in the United States. A significant element in the city economy are universities and colleges, which, together with hospitals and health centers and state and local government are the largest employers in the city. Other significant industries include technology companies, financial services, printing and publishing, consulting, insurance and legal services. Some of the major companies with headquarters in Boston include Houghton Mifflin, Beacon Press, New Balance, Gillette, Au Bon Pain, Liberty Mutual, Wayfair, and others. Many companies have headquarters, offices or operations in the Greater Boston area, especially along I-495 and I-95.


Boston is a major cultural center of the United States. Some of the top cultural institutions in the city include Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston Opera House, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Atheneum, John F. Kennedy Library, Museum of Science and the Institute of Contemporary Art.

The city has played an important role in the hardcore punk movement, with bands such as SSD, Jerry’s Kids, Slapshot, Gang Green and Converge.

Major daily newspapers in Boston, important on the national level too, are The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald.

Boston has a characteristic non-rhotic accent, as well as a rich Boston slang. Regional cuisine is based on seafood (such as the famous New England Clam Chowder).


The city and its area are famous for some of the top universities and colleges in the world, most notably Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, Boston University, Suffolk University, University of Massachusetts Boston, Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory, and many more.


Major professional sports franchises in Boston are the MLB’s Boston Red Sox, the NFL’s New England Patriots, the NHL’s Boston Bruins and the NBA’s Boston Celtics.


The largest airport in the Boston area is Logan International Airport. Major highways include I-95, I-90, I-93, U.S. 1 and Massachusetts Route 3. Urban mass transit is operated by MBTA. Passenger railway transportation is provided by Amtrak. Boston is known as the “walking city” as it has more pedestrian commuters than any other major US city.

Statistical data for the Boston city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
333,03353.92 %
Black or African American alone
150,43724.36 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
2,3990.39 %
Asian alone
55,2358.94 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
2650.04 %
Some Other Race alone
51,8938.40 %
Two or More races
24,3323.94 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
509,67782.53 %
Hispanic or Latino
107,91717.47 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
509,67782.53 %
White alone
290,31256.96 %
Black or African American alone
138,07327.09 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,2270.24 %
Asian alone
54,84610.76 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1820.04 %
Some Other Race alone
10,0781.98 %
Two or More races
14,9592.93 %
Hispanic or Latino
107,91717.47 %
White alone
42,72139.59 %
Black or African American alone
12,36411.46 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,1721.09 %
Asian alone
3890.36 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
830.08 %
Some Other Race alone
41,81538.75 %
Two or More races
9,3738.69 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
116,24446.00 %
Husband-wife family
64,50255.49 %
Other family
51,74244.51 %
Male householder, no wife present
10,44120.18 %
Female householder, no husband present
41,30179.82 %
Nonfamily households
136,45554.00 %
Householder living alone
93,70168.67 %
Householder not living alone
42,75431.33 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Boston city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Boston city center coordinates

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Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Boston city center


  • Boston Globe Heliport [1.81 mi] [2.92 km]
  • Boston City Hospital Heliport [2.69 mi] [4.33 km]


  • Old Harbor [0.92 mi] [1.48 km]
  • Dorchester Bay [0.79 mi] [1.27 km]
  • South Bay (historical) [2.14 mi] [3.45 km]


  • Malibu Beach [1.65 mi] [2.66 km]
  • Carson Beach [1.5 mi] [2.42 km]
  • L Street Beach [0.81 mi] [1.3 km]


  • Boston Fire Department Station 21 Uphams Corner - Dorchester [2.4 mi] [3.85 km]
  • Bayside Exposition Center [1.44 mi] [2.32 km]
  • Boston Fire Department Station 14 Roxbury [3.18 mi] [5.12 km]
  • L Street Bathhouse [0.79 mi] [1.27 km]
  • Long Island Head Light [3.2 mi] [5.15 km]
  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Transit Police Department [2.29 mi] [3.68 km]
  • Perkins Elementary School Library [1.56 mi] [2.5 km]
  • Boston Fire Department Headquarters [2.53 mi] [4.07 km]
  • John D O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science Library [3.62 mi] [5.83 km]
  • South Boston High School Library [1.26 mi] [2.03 km]
  • Roxbury Community College Learning Resources Center [3.65 mi] [5.87 km]
  • Boston EMS Headquarters [2.76 mi] [4.44 km]


  • Columbia Point [1.58 mi] [2.54 km]
  • Columbia Point [1.5 mi] [2.42 km]
  • Dorchester Penninsula [1.08 mi] [1.73 km]
  • City Point [0.24 mi] [0.39 km]


  • Saint Augustine Burying Ground [1.49 mi] [2.4 km]


  • Nubble Channel [3.62 mi] [5.82 km]


  • Saint Mark Congregational Church [3.53 mi] [5.69 km]
  • Presbyterian Church of Roxbury [3.43 mi] [5.52 km]
  • Church of Christ in Roxbury [3.38 mi] [5.44 km]
  • First Church of Roxbury [3.53 mi] [5.67 km]
  • Saint Augustine Chapel [1.51 mi] [2.42 km]


  • City of Boston [0.18 mi] [0.29 km]
  • Suffolk County [3.2 mi] [5.15 km]


  • Long Island Head [3.26 mi] [5.25 km]


  • Western Way [1.71 mi] [2.76 km]


  • Radius Specialty Hospital Boston [3.8 mi] [6.12 km]
  • Long Island Hospital [3.01 mi] [4.85 km]
  • Boston Medical Center Menino Campus [2.75 mi] [4.43 km]


  • Thompson Island [1.29 mi] [2.08 km]
  • Sculpin Ledge [2.27 mi] [3.65 km]
  • Long Island [2.86 mi] [4.61 km]
  • Spectacle Island [1.76 mi] [2.83 km]
  • Head Island [0.24 mi] [0.38 km]


  • Uphams Corner Station [2.65 mi] [4.27 km]
  • Dudley Street Station (historical) [2.66 mi] [4.28 km]
  • Crescent Avenue Station [1.86 mi] [2.99 km]
  • John F Kennedy-University of Massachusetts Station [1.81 mi] [2.92 km]
  • Washington Park Shopping Mall [3.69 mi] [5.93 km]
  • Washington Park Shopping Mall Shopping Center [3.62 mi] [5.82 km]
  • Long Island Light [3.2 mi] [5.15 km]
  • Pleasure Bay Jetty Light [0.28 mi] [0.46 km]
  • Roxbury Station (historical) [3.83 mi] [6.16 km]
  • Loyds Wharf (historical) [1.73 mi] [2.78 km]


  • Eustis Playground [2.55 mi] [4.11 km]
  • Thomas Park [1.33 mi] [2.14 km]
  • Dorchester Heights National Historic Site [1.3 mi] [2.09 km]
  • Madison Park [3.34 mi] [5.38 km]

Populated Place

  • Uphams Corner [2.32 mi] [3.73 km]
  • Roxbury [3.87 mi] [6.23 km]
  • Roxbury Crossing [3.63 mi] [5.84 km]
  • South Boston [1.5 mi] [2.42 km]
  • Dorchester Heights [1.22 mi] [1.96 km]

Post Office

  • Roxbury Post Office (historical) [3.59 mi] [5.77 km]


  • Blue Hill Avenue Early Childhood Learning Center [3.22 mi] [5.18 km]
  • William Monroe Trotter School [3.66 mi] [5.89 km]
  • David A Ellis School [3.88 mi] [6.25 km]
  • Henry L Higginson School [3.82 mi] [6.14 km]
  • Paul A Dever School [1.55 mi] [2.49 km]
  • John Winthrop School [3 mi] [4.83 km]
  • William E Russell School [2.11 mi] [3.4 km]
  • John W McCormack School [1.53 mi] [2.47 km]
  • Little House Alternative School [2.12 mi] [3.42 km]
  • Thompson Academy (historical) [1.15 mi] [1.86 km]
  • Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center [1.15 mi] [1.86 km]
  • Saint Margaret Elementary School [2.09 mi] [3.37 km]
  • Lewis Middle School [3.44 mi] [5.54 km]
  • Roger Clap School [2.08 mi] [3.35 km]
  • Roxbury Charter High School [3.5 mi] [5.63 km]
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson School [2.78 mi] [4.47 km]
  • Expulsion Alternative School [2.64 mi] [4.25 km]
  • Community Academy [2.64 mi] [4.24 km]
  • Nathan Hale School [3.65 mi] [5.88 km]
  • Mason School [2.65 mi] [4.26 km]
  • Girls High School [3.14 mi] [5.05 km]
  • Phyllis Wheatley Middle School [3.13 mi] [5.03 km]
  • Paige Academy [3.73 mi] [6.01 km]
  • Dearborn School [2.98 mi] [4.79 km]
  • James P Timilty Middle School [3.64 mi] [5.86 km]
  • Orchard Gardens School [2.98 mi] [4.8 km]
  • Boston Adult Academy [3.52 mi] [5.67 km]
  • Madison Park High School [3.56 mi] [5.72 km]
  • Oliver Hazard Perry School [0.5 mi] [0.81 km]
  • O'Bryant School of Math and Science [3.62 mi] [5.83 km]
  • South Boston High School [1.27 mi] [2.05 km]
  • Monument High School [1.26 mi] [2.03 km]
  • Odyssey High School [1.27 mi] [2.04 km]
  • Patrick F Gavin Middle School [1.58 mi] [2.54 km]
  • Gate of Heaven Elementary School [1.07 mi] [1.73 km]
  • Joseph P Tynan School [0.99 mi] [1.59 km]


  • Telegraph Hill [1.3 mi] [2.09 km]

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City Alias ZIP Codes
BostonBank Of America02212, 02211, 02241
BostonBoston02210, 02206, 02205, 02204, 02203, 02201, 02199, 02196, 02163, 02211, 02298, 02297, 02295, 02293, 02284, 02283, 02266, 02241, 02222, 02217, 02215, 02212, 02133, 02113, 02112, 02111, 02123, 02127, 02109, 02128, 02118, 02114, 02115, 02108, 02110, 02116, 02117
BostonBoston City Hall02201
BostonBoston Financial Data Servic02266
BostonBoston University02215
BostonCash Management02297
BostonE Boston02128
BostonEast Boston02128
BostonFidelity Service Company02293
BostonFleet Bank Boston02241
BostonJohn Hancock Mutual Ins02295
BostonJohn Hancock P O Box 50502217
BostonMass Tax02204
BostonMassachusetts Tax02204
BostonSoldiers Field02163
BostonSouth Boston02127
BostonState Street Corporation02206
Chestnut HillBoston Clg02467
Chestnut HillBoston College02467
DorchesterBoston02122, 02125, 02121
Dorchester CenterBoston02124
East BostonBoston02228
East BostonEast Boston02228
Hyde ParkBoston02136
Jamaica PlainBoston02130
Roxbury CrossingBoston02120
South BostonS Boston02127
West RoxburyBoston02132

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