Information about Boston, Massachusetts
Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country. The city proper covers 48 square miles, and the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Boston at 655,884 in 2014, making it one of the country's 25 biggest cities, based on population.
Boston is a mecca of cultural arts, with performers including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra and Boston Ballet, among many others. Boston also has an extensive Theater District and was a pioneering city in hardcore punk music. History buffs will find numerous points of interest in Boston National Historical Park and along the Freedom Trail, while sports enthusiasts can cheer on Boston's major league sports teams, including the Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins.
In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Boston-based Boston University and Northeastern University 41st and 47th, respectively, among national universities. The publication also rated the city's Emerson College 10th among regional universities in the North and Simmons College 16th in the same category.
Other prominent schools in Boston include Suffolk University, Wheelock College, the Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music and a campus of the University of Massachusetts. Students seeking a certificate or associate's degree might choose to attend Bunker Hill Community College.
While one might assume Boston College is located in the city, it's actually found in nearby Chestnut Hill. This private school also is nationally ranked, at No. 30 in 2016.
Economy and Employment
With so many colleges and universities located in the city, it's no surprise that education is one of the leading industries in Boston. Biotechnology is another top employer, along with tourism, state and federal government, and financial services. Major companies headquartered in Boston include Fidelity Investments, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, John Hancock Financial, Liberty Mutual and Putnam Investments.