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What are the Pros and Cons of Living in Boston?

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We know there are a lot of blog posts about the pros and cons of living in Boston, but here’s my take anyway. Living in Boston can be a wonderful experience whether you are a student or a professional. Like any other city, Boston has its share of good and bad but in our opinion, getting an apartment in Boston will prove to be one of the best decisions you ever made.

Pros of Living in Boston

Restaurants

Some of the best food around Massachusetts is available in Boston. While living here, you can be sure that any cuisine from anywhere in the world is just a block away from your apartment. Due to the city’s proximity to various educational institutions and companies, students and professionals from all over the world flock to Boston creating a melting pot of cultures and traditions. And once they get here, they rarely leave! You will find Arabian food at Falafel King and Café Jaffa, Mexican at Casa Romero and authentic Thai cuisine at Lemon Thai and Brown Sugar Café. And these are just some names off the top of my head.

Culture, History, Education and Oh So Much Music

Boston is probably the richest city in the US in terms of history and culture. The city with its surrounding suburbs is the hub of American history with many places listed on the National History Register. Follow in the footsteps of America’s civil war revolutionaries in Boston, the city where it all began. Museums, art galleries and guided tours take you back to the days when Boston was home to men and women who shaped the nation’s history.

One of the pros of living in Boston and perhaps the reason why it attracts so many people is the top-notch schools, colleges and universities.

And the music. Home to one of the best music scenes around the state, Boston also has a budding underground scene where musicians and singers from all genres can be found crooning, exploring and creating new avenues in music.

Boston has something for everyone, from music to food and education, the city is a hotbed of activity.

Transport

The MBTA transport system of buses, subways and rails makes commuting a breeze. It can be difficult for new comers to understand but once you get the hang of it, you can travel anywhere in Boston and its suburbs in a few minutes.

The Cons of Living in Boston

Expensive

One of the biggest problems of living in the city is the high cost of living. Rents in Boston tend to be higher than the suburbs as do restaurants and retail outlets.

Parking and Traffic

Boston is a highly walkable city and you can get to almost any place within the city or nearby using the MBTA. However, if you own a car, it can get rather difficult to navigate your way through the busy streets or to find parking. The city is overcrowded and parking is one of its biggest drawbacks.

Despite its flaws, Boston is a great city to call home. Many people prefer to walk or use the public transport to get around faster and more conveniently than using a car. In terms of costs, you can always find a nice affordable apartment or home in one of the nearby suburbs which are hardly a few minutes commute away from Boston.

 

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