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What It’s Like Living In… Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts is undoubtedly a city you have heard of and may have considered living in.  It’s one of America’s most historically rich cities, home of the iconic Fenway Park, many colleges and universities, and so much more. It was listed by as one of the best places to live in 2020 and fell at #7 in Best Cities for Young Professionals in America. It holds a population of about 679,413. The median home value is approximately $487,300 with the median rent being about $1,539. So what is it like living in Boston, Massachusetts?

If you have been considering a move to Boston, MA but are not sure as to whether or not it’s for you, we’re here to help. I chatted with GenTwenty’s own Jessica Litraswho lives in Boston and can give us a first-hand account.

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What It’s Like Living In… Boston, Massachusetts

How long have you been living in Boston, MA?

4 months! Just moved back to the East Coast from San Mateo, CA. I’m originally from New York, so it’s been so nice to get somewhat back to my roots as an East Coast girl.

Why is it a good fit for twenty-somethings to live?

Boston is an amazing city for twenty-somethings because it’s extremely historic, cultural and has a small-town feel to it. The seasons here are absolutely beautiful and it has a great food, community and sports teams spirit!

The winters are brutal but if you love cozy vibes and magical winter sceneries, you will absolutely love it here. It also gives you a lot to look forward to once summer rolls around. There’s nothing like Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard in the summer.

What is your favorite part of living there?

I love how at-home I feel and how there’s always something to do. The city is small enough to explore and learn your way around quickly, but is also right near the water and just miles away from nature. It really is the best of both worlds in the northeast.

What is one thing that may surprise people about the area?

There are no happy hours in Boston! It was banned from the city in 1984 due to a drunk driving incident. Happy hour is one of my favorite things on Fridays, so New York will always still be my go to for that 🙂

Anything else you’d like to add?

I truly believe Boston is an extremely well-rounded city when it comes to quality of life. We have delicious restaurants, stunning architecture, beautiful parks, shopping and art. There’s something for everyone!

Share your favorite spots to visit and restaurants to eat at!

Due to COVID I haven’t been able to explore many restaurants in the area yet, but I will say I absolutely love Yard House right near Fenway Park. Perfect place for food and drinks right before a game! – Go Yankees 😉

About the Author

Michelle Ioannou

Michelle graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelors of Arts '13 and a Master of Arts '14. She's currently working in corporate America with a side of freelance writing. She wants you to learn from her experiences and mistakes so your 20s can be your best decade. When she's not working, she's likely planning her escape to a tropical island.