Greater Boston is a diverse region of 5 million people that has the feel and charm of a small city thanks to its historic neighborhoods like red-bricked Beacon Hill, ritzy Back Bay, diverse East Boston, hip South End, or the “wait—is this Europe?!” North End. Its surrounding cities including Cambridge and Somerville each offer their own unique cultural vibe as well as culinary scene. Additionally, the city is home to abundant green space including the Emerald Necklace, Charles River Esplanade, Boston Common, East Boston Waterfront, and Rose Kennedy Greenway.
Boston’s large size allows for incredible museums, concerts, professional sports teams, and other cultural experiences. And as one of the leading healthcare and biotechnology clusters in the world, Boston is a truly great place to launch the next stage of your medical career.
Four Seasons of Fun
However, Boston isn’t all about work or its small-town charm, and don’t let people scare you away with “I hear the winters are cold.” As the urban gateway to the surrounding New England region, Boston is an outdoor lovers paradise.
In the summer you can hike the White Mountains of New Hampshire or Green Mountains of Vermont. Classic hikes include Welch-Dickey, Franconia Ridge, Mt. Mansfield, and the ever-challenging Mt. Washington. Too hot and need to cool off? Try kayaking in one of New England’s many rivers or coastal waterways, take up sailing in the Charles River or Boston Harbor, or grab your swimsuit and head out to the beaches of the North Shore, Cape Cod, or one of Massachusetts’s numerous islands.
The fall is all about the colors and you’ll see them everywhere. Top spots include the Blue Hills Reservation in Boston, Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts, or further away in Acadia National Park in Maine or the Adirondacks in upstate New York.
Winter is cold but Boston transforms itself into a winter paradise with Holiday markets and ice-skating rinks. Additionally, she is just a day trip away from numerous ski resorts; in fact, few major cities are this close to skiing.
Spring is a time of transition and rebirth. Grab a picnic along the Esplanade, sample one of the regions many incredible microbrews, or head over to the Arboretum to see its expansive collection in full bloom.
The city of Boston is a minority-majority city and 25% of its population was born outside of the U.S. Venturing across Boston’s many neighborhoods you will encounter the full richness of the Boston experience including its numerous immigrant communities. Massachusetts has also been a leader for queer rights and has a robust system of programs to support the economically disadvantaged, including MassHealth, the Massachusetts program combining Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) into one program where members may be able to get doctor's visits, prescription drugs, hospital stays, and many other important services.