Boston is Massachusetts’ capital and largest city. Founded in 1630, it’s one of the oldest cities in the U.S. The key role it played in the American Revolution is highlighted on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile walking route of historic sites that tells the story of the nation’s founding. One stop, former meeting house Faneuil Hall, is a popular marketplace.
The area’s many colleges and universities make Boston an international center of higher education and medicine, and the city is considered to be a world leader in innovation for a variety of reasons. Boston’s economic base also includes finance, professional and business services, and government activities.
Just about every town in this state has some building or other landmark that played an important part in the nation’s history—186 overall.
Boston is ranked as one of the most economically powerful cities in the world. It commands a 363 billion dollar local economy, the sixth largest in the USA and twelfth largest globally.
Massachusetts is a New England state known for its significant Colonial history. In Boston, its capital, the Freedom Trail is a walking route of sites related to the American Revolution. The city is home to the Museum of Fine Arts and other world-class institutions. Its Red Sox baseball team plays at Fenway Park, and the Public Garden is known for its swan boats.
The Mass Wine and Cheese Trail has more than 29 wineries and 18 cheese sellers, across the state. And because the Bay State is so fertile, the wine comes from all different fruits like apples, cranberries, peaches, blueberries, and of course grapes.
Moving to Boston
The city has one of the highest costs of living in the United States, though it remains high on world livability rankings. The per capita income in Massachusetts is $33,966 and the median household income is $64,509. It sounds surprising at first but property taxes in Western Massachusetts are slightly higher than the US average and—other than the heart of Boston – the Eastern Massachusetts taxes are slightly below average.
Planes, trains, busses and taxis are readily available in Boston and throughout most of Massachusetts.
No matter if you are moving from another country or cross country within USA, having a reliable moving company is paramount for a successful relocation. Also check out these tips on selecting a mover. Research parking restrictions before moving to find out where you are allowed to unload vehicles. Contact your city or town for information on obtaining a moving permit, or talk to your landlord or property owner.
The Registry of Motor Vehicles provides online services, and is kind enough to let you check out the current wait at nearby branches. If you have a valid license from Canada or the US, converting your license merely requires paying a fee. Otherwise, getting a driver’s license requires the traditional written test and driving test.
The CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore is full of water slides, lazy rivers and a splash pad. It’s also the largest indoor water park in New England, located in Danvers.
Moving with a pet? Contact your town or city for information on local protocols, such as pet licensing. Dog licenses are required by state law.