Introduction to Boston, Massachusetts
Boston, also known as “Beantown” or “The Hub”, is the 24th largest city in the United States with a population of nearly 600,000 people. The Boston metropolitan area is the eleventh largest in the United States with a population of over 4.4 million people, according to U.S. census estimates. It is the largest city in Massachusetts and New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut), and the capital of the The Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Boston is located on the eastern Massachusetts coast, at the mouth of the Charles River which separates Boston from Cambridge, and is on Boston Harbor. The Boston Metropolitan area is home to many Fortune 500 company headquarters, including well-recognized names such as Raytheon, Staples, TJX, and EMC. The Boston economy is founded on the education, healthcare, finance, and technology (information technology and biotechnology) industries. Some of the nation’s most well-regarded teaching hospitals are based in Boston, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Boston is also home to mutual fund giant Fidelity Investments.
Boston is one of 11 U.S. global cities (world city or world-class city) and is ranked a “Gamma World City” by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group & Network (cities get ranked as Alpha, Beta, or Gamma World Cities).
Boston is a city of neighborhoods, from Allston to Roxbury, with the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, the North End, and more in between. Each has its own unique character, history, and charm. Boston is physically a relatively compact city and it is a good walking city. It is relatively easy to walk from one of the neighborhoods all the way to the Boston waterfront on Boston Harbor.
Boston Arts and Culture
Boston is a major center for arts and culture. Boston offers museums, the performing arts, and much more. Some of Boston’s more notable museums include:
- The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
- The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
- The Museum of Fine Arts
- The Museum of Science
- The New England Aquarium
For patrons of the performing arts, Boston has many wonderful attractions. Some of the more notable include:
- The American Repertory Theatre in nearby Cambridge
- The Bank of America Pavilion, home to world-class acts of all musical genres every summer on Boston Harbor
- The Boston Ballet
- The Boston Chamber Music Society
- The Boston Children’s Museum
- The Boston Lyric Opera
- The Boston Pops
- The Boston Symphony Orchestra
- The Colonial Theatre
- The Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
- The Wang Center for the Performing Arts
- The Handel & Haydn Society
- The Huntington Theatre Company
- The Shubert Theatre
- The Wilbur Theatre
The Boston area also plays host to numerous festivals every year, including First Night Boston, the Boston Arts Festival, the Boston Blues Festival, the Boston Wine Festival, Boston Harborfest, the Boston Pops 4th of July Concert and Fireworks, St. Patrick Day Parade, and much more.