Best Cities 2010: Boston, MA

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Best Cities 2010: Boston, MA

Home to the country’s first public school, Boston is a center of education, from the Boston Public Library to the many historical buildings.

City: Boston

State: Massachusetts

Best Cities Overall Rank: 30

About Boston: Boston is home to the country’s first public school.

Boston is a center of education, from the Boston Public Library to the many historical buildings. The city has drastically reduced violent crime rates since the 1990s. In 2002, Forbes Magazine ranked the Boston Public Schools as the best large city school system in the country. Some of the important industries are financial services, schools, and high-tech industries. Boston’s unemployment rate is slightly below the national average.

County: Suffolk

Population: 609,023

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Boston Globe

Boston blogs: Boston Mamas, Multitasking Mommy, In the Parenthood 

Boston‘s Facebook page: Follow Boston on Facebook 

Boston‘s Twitter page: Follow Boston on Twitter


Education rank: 3

High School graduation rate 2008: 59.89%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 0

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 24

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 3.94

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 274

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 12.8

Total Expenditures Per Student: $20,458


Health rank: 21

Quality children’s hospitals: 3

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.49

Quality Pediatricians: 25

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 4.1

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 32

Violent Crimes, 2008: 6676

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1096.18

Sex Offenders: 254

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 41.71


Economy rank: 57

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 28.6        

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 9.3      

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 790.41

Median Home Sale Price: $326,300                   

5-Year Home Value Index: -3.33%                       

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 22.34%      


Recreation Rank:  92

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 1934          

Parkland per 100,000: 317.56