Explore Boston

City of Boston

Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the most historic cities in the United States. This vibrant, dynamic metropolis offers an exciting mix of educational, cultural, financial, and high-tech scientific activity that attracts thousands of scholars each year from all over the world. Conveniently located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, the Boston University campus is close to all of the cultural and recreational attractions that the city has to offer.

Boston is famous for its neighborhoods, many of them fun, interesting, and easy to get to. Check out the Nearby Neighborhood Guide, which provides helpful lists of where to eat, shop, and hang. A compact city, whether you walk, bike, or ride the “T”—part of Boston’s comprehensive public transportation system—you’ll find it easy to find your way around town.

Quick Facts

  • City of Boston Population (per 2010 census): 617,594
  • Greater Boston population: 4.5 million
  • Student population: over 250,000 in Boston and Cambridge alone
  • Over 80 colleges and universities in the Boston metro area
  • In 2017, QS Best Student Cities placed Boston 8 in the world, and number one in the U.S.
  • In 2014, the City of Boston reported that over 75% of Boston’s 53 largest private employers are involved in higher education, health care, and financial services
  • In 2013, Investopedia® placed Boston among the top ten cities in the world for a career in finance.