The Boston Area

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Incorporated as a town in 1630 and as a city in 1822, Boston has retained its historic charm and identity while thriving as a cosmopolitan city and port that is home to many of the world's leading technology, biotech, health care, and financial services companies.

The heart of Boston is its distinctive neighborhoods. These include Beacon Hill, a compact 19th-century enclave known for its steep brick sidewalks, gas lights, window boxes, and hidden gardens; The Back Bay, composed of broad, tree-lined boulevards and brownstone mansions, many of which have been converted to multi-unit apartments; and the North End, a network of narrow streets and small squares with an Italian ambience of sidewalk cafes and trattorias, religious festivals, and boisterous street life.


The MathWorks is headquartered in Natick, a suburban commercial center on the upper basin of the Charles and Concord Rivers just 18 miles southwest of Boston. Established in 1651, Natick has become a Boston-oriented suburban community with a population approaching 32,000. A range of housing options is available, from modern condominium complexes to suburban single-family homes.

Surrounding Towns and Communities

The cities and communities in the Boston metropolitan areas cater to a variety of lifestyles and offer many housing options, from urban apartments to suburban single-family homes and cottages. They include Brookline, known for its exceptional schools; Cambridge, a lively, diverse city that is home to Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Framingham, a dynamic community that offers some of the most comprehensive shopping facilities in the state; Newton, designated one of ten All-American Cities; Wellesley, offering beautiful homes and extensive recreational amenities; and Dover, a quiet, rural town that is a well-known equestrian center.

New England

The compact geographical area known as New England contains some of the best schools, most thriving enterprises, and varied scenery to be found anywhere in the country and provides numerous recreational and professional opportunities.

To give you some idea of the richness and variety of New England, here is a sampling of what you could be doing within a two-hour drive of Boston:

  • Eating fresh-caught lobster at a seafront restaurant in Gloucester, America's oldest seaport
  • Biking the dune trails in Provincetown on the Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Skiing on Mount Wachusett in Central Massachusetts
  • Discovering the covered bridges and fall foliage of southern Vermont
  • Boarding a ferry to the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard
  • Riding one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the world at Six Flags New England
  • Shopping at L.L.Bean and other major outlet stores in Freeport, Maine
  • Exploring Victorian mansions along Ocean Drive in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Standing on the deck of the Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that brought the pilgrims to New England, in Plymouth harbor


Boston is the place where the world comes to learn. There are more than 50 universities and colleges within 50 square miles of the city, including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, Boston University, Bentley College, New England Conservatory, and the Berklee School of Music.

Health Care

Boston enjoys an international reputation for medical science, research, and applied technology. A mecca for medical research and treatment, it is home to some of the most prestigious research hospitals in the world, including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Lahey Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, Children's Hospital, Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, and the New England Medical Center.

Arts and Entertainment

The Boston area is known worldwide as a center of culture and the arts. Boston is home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Ballet, and the Handel and Hayden Society, the oldest choral company in the country. The city hosts several annual festivals, including First-Night, a citywide New Year's Eve celebration of the arts, and a July 4 extravaganza featuring a fireworks display choreographed to music played by the Boston Pops Orchestra.

For theatre, there are pre-Broadway productions, the highly respected American Repertory Theatre, or experimental drama and street theatre. You'll also find world-renowned museums and art galleries, including the Museum of Science, the Museum of Fine Arts, the USS Constitution Museum, and the Children's Museum.

Sports and Recreation

Boston is home to five major-league sports teams:

  • The New England Patriots football team
  • The Boston Red Sox baseball team
  • The Boston Celtics basketball team
  • The Boston Bruins hockey team
  • The New England Revolution soccer team

Several national and international sporting events take place here, including the Head of the Charles Regatta, the Boston Marathon, and the US Pro Tennis Championship.

The area also provides plenty of resources for physical recreation. These include an extensive network of urban and rural bike trails; lake, river, and ocean sailing; mountain and cross-country skiing; hiking (from easy rambles through conservation land to rugged treks along sections of the Appalachian Trail); whitewater rafting; ice skating; and horseback riding.

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