BostonCity Guide

The capital of Massachusetts and largest city in New England, Boston is a city with a historic past and vibrant future. The city’s strong job market combined with a lively social scene makes it an extremely desirable location for young professionals.

Local Perspectives

Get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to live in Boston, as told by locals.

Local Perspectives

archetype Anuradha Birch-Desai

Product Manager at Human Care Systems

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City Guide: Moving to Boston - Anuradha Birch-Desai -150x150 Time spent in Boston

Five years and counting.

Why Boston

To be perfectly honest, I moved to Boston because I got a job here right out of school, and it was in a big city — so what else could I want? My sister was already located in Boston, and I loved the atmosphere, the sports teams, and the joie de vivre.

Best neighborhoods, IMO

I live in Back Bay currently, which is a wonderful place to live, with so much space for our dog. But when I first moved to Boston, I lived in the North End for two years and then moved to Beacon Hill, so I feel like I’ve gotten a taste of each part of the city.

I would say, right out of school, the North End is a great place to live. It’s very affordable, it’s really cultural, and it’s right near everything. Where you live really depends on if you’re commuting and where you may want to live in relation to public transportation.

Getting around

Most people use the T (Boston’s subway system), with some caveats. Boston is such a walkable city; you can walk from Fenway to the North End within 45 minutes, so if it’s a nice day out — or, like most of the time, a semi-nice day out — you can walk from one side of the city to the other. Often people use the T to go across the river to Cambridge to go to Harvard, MIT, or wherever. Rideshare services are also incredibly prevalent in the city.

Yes, it snows… a lot!

A lot of Boston-based companies have lenient work-from-home policies because of the snow. It takes a while for people to get into the city if they’re commuting because all the roads are blocked, and it’s definitely an inconvenience. The snow can be a pain — especially when you have a dog to walk five times a day!

City Guide: Moving to Boston - Boston Commons

Boston Common is the city’s 50-acre public park. It dates back to 1634, making it the oldest city park in the country.

After work to-do list

Clery’s in the Financial District, Back Bay Social Club, and, in the summer, Tia’s, an outdoor restaurant, are all popular after-work spots. In terms of restaurants, I would say the best selection is in the South End.

Fun day trips

Weekend getaways from Boston are perfect! Nantucket, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard — they’re all close. Everyone drives to the Cape, so driving down to Cape Cod on a Friday at 5 p.m. is like driving to the Hamptons in New York — kind of a nightmare. There are ferries from Hyannis Port to get to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, which can make it kind of hard to get down there; but you can also fly via Cape Air — I love them.

In the winter, skiing 100%! We’re so close to Vermont; people are always going to Stratton, Killington, Stowe, any of those.

You’re not a local if…

… you haven’t had Regina’s pizza!

Local Perspectives

archetype Kevin Lee

Regional Consultant at State Street Global Advisors

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City Guide: Moving to Boston - Kevin Lee - 150x150Time spent in Boston

Six years, but have spent my entire life in the New England area.

Why Boston

I chose Boston because it’s the finance hub of New England. Plus, after graduating college in the Northeast, you primarily have two big city choices — Boston or New York City. Boston has a great small town feel and, to me, that makes it an incredibly livable city.

Best neighborhoods, IMO

That’s really a question of preference. There’s something like 17 unique neighborhoods in Boston that all offer something different. For any young professional coming to the city, it really depends on how much they’re looking to spend on rent. The most desirable neighborhoods are probably Back Bay and Beacon Hill, but if you’re not ready to give up on the college lifestyle — at least on the weekends — then look into living in Southie.


City Guide: Moving to Boston - Brownstone

A look a historic brownstones, which line the streets from Beacon Hill to Back Bay.

Job scene

The job scene is fantastic. Hospitals, universities, biotech, pharma, asset management, insurance — we have a ton of major Fortune 500 companies headquartered here. So when you’re out and about, you’re constantly bumping into people from all different walks of life and academic backgrounds.

Surprises about Boston

How small it feels. Growing up in New Hampshire, coming into Boston as a kid was a big deal. Now I find it funny that people get nervous to drive through the city. I mean, I get it, but the longer you live here, the more you grow to love it and feel at home.

You’re not a local if…

… you don’t brag about your Boston roots. You’ll probably even reference the latest Affleck, Damon, or Marky Mark movie. True locals are proud … maybe too proud.

Text by Emily Yates