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Expats moving to Boston – the capital and largest city of Massachusetts – will find that the city has an American appeal with distinctly European undertones. This duality is perfect for expats who, in moving to Boston, get to enjoy vibrant American culture with a European quality of life.
Boston is one of America's oldest cities and has retained the colonial roots of its British founders. Cafés, museums, bookstores and pubs line the walkable and quaint city neighbourhoods, meaning that there's a lot to see and do in Boston.
While Los Angeles has the fun, New York the money and Washington DC the power, Boston has the brains. This incredibly academically driven city is home to some of the country's best hospitals, research centres and universities, including Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As Boston's population is highly educated, technology and research industries seek to take advantage of its workforce.
While accommodation in Boston is difficult to find and on the expensive side, expats will find a range of different options to choose from. However, it is recommended that new arrivals find a place to live with good access to public transport as most Bostonians opt to utilise public transport rather than brave the congested roads each day.
The lifestyle in Boston is varied, and expats will find there is plenty to keep them busy in their free time. In Boston, one can sample food from across the world or indulge in traditional Bostonian cuisine which centres on seafood. Those looking for a night out on the town will find that nightlife in Boston is made up of cozy bars and exciting live music venues. Active expats will appreciate the many running, hiking or biking trails around the city, while sports enthusiasts can join in and support local teams such as the Celtics, Patriots and the famous Boston Red Sox.
Ultimately, moving to Boston is ideal for expats looking to engage with the forefront of science, technology and industry. Yet, for all of its innovation, Boston is rooted in well-established institutions coupled with an old-world ambience.