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About Boston

Boston, first incorporated as a town in 1630, and as a city in 1822, is one of America's oldest cities, with a rich economic and social history. What began as a homesteading community eventually evolved into a center for social and political change. Boston has since become the economic and cultural hub of New England.

As the region's hub, Boston is home to over 617,000 residents, many institutions of higher education, some of the world's finest inpatient hospitals, and numerous cultural and professional sports organizations. Boston-based jobs are primarily within the finance, health care, educational, and service areas.

Did you know? Boston is a global leader in the healthcare and life sciences industry. This includes everything from research and development to world-renowned healthcare corporations. In fact, Boston joins four other cities in Massachusetts to make up the Life Sciences Corridor; the world's largest life sciences cluster with more than 450 companies.

Almost completely surrounded by water, with the Atlantic Ocean on two sides and the Charles River running around its back, each of the city's neighborhoods has a remarkably different style and tone. From the Back Bay's cosmopolitan streets and ornate Victorian townhouses to the aromas spilling into the narrow and jumbled 17-century streets of Boston's North End to the spirited and funky neighborhood squares of Cambridge-all within easy distance from one another.

Boston is a wonderful blend of stylish sophistication and historic New England charm. You can easily uncover the city's past while enjoying its distinctively modern edge!