7 Best Neighborhoods in Boston for Young Professionals

Posted on Jan 19 2017 - 4:16pm by Extra Space Storage

With a sturdy economy and plenty of opportunities for higher education at nearby institutions like Harvard, MIT, Boston College, and Boston University, it’s no wonder why Boston is a popular destination for young professionals. If you’re planning to move to Boston, check out our list of the best neighborhoods for young professionals based on home prices, crime rates, things to do, and more!

Allston/Brighton

Allston Village in Boston, MA

Photo by Rich Moffitt

Home Price: $1,440 median monthly rent; $292,216 median purchase
Crime Rate: 19% higher than national average

With 64.55% of the neighborhood’s demographics between the ages of 20-34, Allston/Brighton has a young energy. It’s also a diverse area with large pockets of Vietnamese and Russian immigrants, Harvard University students, and young professionals. Though cost of living in Allston/Brighton is 5% higher than the Boston average, the friendly people, green spaces, and mix of bars and restaurants make this Boston neighborhood well worth it for young professionals!

Back Bay/Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill in Boston, MA

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Home Price: $1,545 median monthly rent; $690,728 median purchase
Crime Rate: 58% lower than national average

Known for its gorgeous architecture, beautiful views of the Charles River, and variety of shopping and entertainment options, Back Bay/Beacon Hill is a hot spot for young professionals. Though it’s a more expensive area to live in due to its proximity to Downtown Boston, the neighborhood has some of the best bars and restaurants in Boston, is home to Boston Public Garden and Boston Common, and gives residents a great view of the Boston Marathon each April!

Dorchester

Dorchester in Boston, MA

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Home Price: $1,167 median monthly rent; $315,266 median purchase
Crime Rate: 23% higher than national average

Not only is Dorchester the largest neighborhood in Boston, but it’s also part of the eighth most diverse zip code in the nation! Dorchester Avenue is the neighborhood’s major business hub with awesome local boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, and bars stretching from north to south. The area is also home to University of Massachusetts Boston, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the 527-acre Franklin Park, and more than nine miles of waterfront and community corridors!

East Boston

East Boston, MA skyline

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Home Price: $1,000 median monthly rent; $255,072 median purchase
Crime Rate: 29% higher than national average

Since cost of living in East Boston (or Eastie) is 1% lower than the Boston average, it’s an appealing neighborhood for young professionals who are watching their budgets. Locals enjoy outdoor activities at Constitution Beach or Piers Park and a variety of restaurants that reflect the area’s large Colombian and Salvadoran immigrant population. With Logan Airport nearby, it can be a bit louder than other areas of the city, but young professionals who love to travel may find the proximity worth the noise!

Jamaica Plain

Jamaica Plain in Boston, MA

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Home Price: $1,289 median monthly rent; $327,286 median purchase
Crime Rate: 4% lower than national average

With a growing LGBTQ community and a large Latino population, Jamaica Plain is brimming with cultural diversity. Along Centre Street, you’ll find independent shops, restaurants, and coffee houses, and there’s plenty of green space around Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum, and the Franklin Park Zoo. If you want the excitement of the city but the friendliness of a small community, Jamaica Plain is the neighborhood for you!

South Boston

Street of homes in South Boston, MA

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Home Price: $1,278 median monthly rent; $316,521 median purchase
Crime Rate: 8% lower than national average

South Boston (or Southie) is a working-class neighborhood described as “a young professional’s dream neighborhood.” The area offers affordable rowhouses, great shopping, and a 22-acre waterfront park perfect for outdoor activities. This Boston neighborhood is also home to a large Irish-American population, so it’s an excellent place to be for St. Patrick’s Day parades, events, and shenanigans!

South End

Home Price: $1,268 median monthly rent; $494,278 median purchase
Crime Rate: 49% lower than national average

Home to The Boston Center for the Arts and the largest Victorian residential district in the U.S., the South End neighborhood is an artistic hot spot near Downtown Boston. With art galleries, local boutiques, foodie-approved restaurants, beautiful brick townhouses, a vibrant gay community, and nearly 30 parks, South End is a favorite among young professionals in Boston!

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Data found from AreaVibes, Street Advisor, Trulia, Yelp, Zillow, Boston.gov, and BostonPlans.org.

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