Asheville

Boston

Quality of life in boston

One of the oldest and most historic cities in the US, Boston is a center of higher education with some of the top universities in the world. It has also developed a vibrant technology scene and is home to numerous venture captial firms, all supporting high rates of innovation and entrepreneurship. Add its tolerant environment, great quality of healthcare and beautiful New England nature, and you've got an enticing city that attracts talent from around the world.

Boston is one of the top ten city matches for 11.5% of Teleport users.

Sign up to see your personalized city data, salary and cost of living comparisons.

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

5
208/263
Details
Large apartment$2121.50
Medium apartment$1612.39
Rent index [score]0.62
Small apartment$1103.28

Cost of Living

4
211/261
Details
5km taxi ride$1.60
A Cappuccino$4.00
A beer$2.80
A kilogram of Apples$5.20
Bread$3.00
Inflation [score]0.40
Lunch$14.00
Monthly fitness club membership$48.00
Monthly public transport$23.00
Movie ticket$9.10
Price of a meal at a restaurant$72.32

Startups

3
193/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups2
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.20
Coworking spaces [score]0.60
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co5
Meetups [score]0.15
Meetups groups21
Meetups members4157
Number of investors14
Number of startup events in the last 12 months92
Number of upcoming meetup events6
Startup climate scene [score]0.46
Startup events16
Startup events16
Startup events [score]0.45
Startups [score]0.44
Total number of startups32

Venture Capital

N/A
Details

Travel Connectivity

1
235/260
Details
Airport hub8
Airport hub [score]0.11
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.12

Commute

5
160/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.75

Business Freedom

9
67/259
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

5
215/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.60
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year12
Guns per 100 residents107
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.66
Lack of guns [score]0.49
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.58

Healthcare

7
113/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.42
Healthcare quality [score]0.95
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

4
155/230
Details
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)32
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.82
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)24
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07

Environmental Quality

8
41/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.96
Cleanliness [score]0.89
Drinking water quality [score]0.84
Urban greenery [score]0.70

Economy

6
16/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

4
171/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.29
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.07

Internet Access

5
149/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)53.88
Internet access (download) [score]0.80
Internet access (upload) [score]0.18
Upload speed (Mbps)4.16

Leisure & Culture

5
168/263
Details
Art galleries78
Art galleries [score]0.65
Cinemas16
Cinemas [score]0.42
Comedy clubs5
Comedy clubs [score]0.48
Concert venues72
Concerts [score]0.60
Historical sites31
Historical sites [score]0.69
Museums23
Museums [score]0.32
Performing art venues63
Performing arts [score]0.39
Sport venues20
Sports [score]0.34
Zoos7
Zoos [score]0.62

Tolerance

5
199/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index67.58
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.69
LGBT adoption rightsMarried couples only
LGBT age of consentAmbiguous
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.37

Outdoors

2
223/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.40
Median peak in meters1022.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)649.00
Water access [score]0.10
Sign up to get a free city matchscore based on your personal preferences

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

1
257/263
Details
Large apartment$2821.74
Medium apartment$2361.20
Rent index [score]0.11
Small apartment$1900.67

Cost of Living

4
229/261
Details
5km taxi ride$9.50
A Cappuccino$4.70
A beer$2.70
A kilogram of Apples$4.30
Bread$1.10
Inflation [score]0.37
Lunch$13.00
Monthly fitness club membership$67.00
Monthly public transport$76.00
Movie ticket$12.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$84.89

Startups

9
10/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups68
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.89
Coworking spaces [score]0.86
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co48
Meetups [score]0.99
Meetups groups198
Meetups members226348
Number of investors2053
Number of startup events in the last 12 months3154
Number of upcoming meetup events180
Startup climate scene [score]0.93
Startup events330
Startup events335
Startup events [score]0.99
Startups [score]0.99
Total number of startups2471

Venture Capital

10
1/228
Details
Funding accelerator namesTechstars Boston, LearnLaunchX, Healthbox - Boston
Number of funding accelerators4
Venture capital [score]1.00

Travel Connectivity

3
128/260
Details
Airport hub103
Airport hub [score]0.48
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.14

Commute

4
226/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Boston
Traffic handling [score]0.38

Business Freedom

9
67/259
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

8
100/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.73
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year3
Guns per 100 residents39
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.92
Lack of guns [score]0.81
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.87

Healthcare

7
150/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.31
Healthcare quality [score]0.90
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

10
1/230
Details
Best university in rankingMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Best university ranking5
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)13
PISA ranking7
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.94
PISA reading (high school)5
PISA science (high school)8
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07
University quality [score]1.00

Environmental Quality

8
51/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.85
Cleanliness [score]0.79
Drinking water quality [score]0.78
Urban greenery [score]0.86

Economy

6
16/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

4
171/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.29
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.06

Internet Access

5
131/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)30.93
Internet access (download) [score]0.60
Internet access (upload) [score]0.46
Upload speed (Mbps)10.20

Leisure & Culture

9
21/263
Details
Art galleries339
Art galleries [score]0.82
Cinemas198
Cinemas [score]0.77
Comedy clubs131
Comedy clubs [score]0.94
Concert venues284
Concerts [score]0.93
Historical sites211
Historical sites [score]0.87
Museums184
Museums [score]0.84
Performing art venues310
Performing arts [score]0.93
Sport venues184
Sports [score]0.97
Zoos44
Zoos [score]0.84

Tolerance

7
57/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index96.88
LGBT Equality Index [score]1.00
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.47

Outdoors

6
53/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.15
Median peak in meters201.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)12.00
Water access [score]0.98
Sign up to get a free city matchscore based on your personal preferences
Sign up for a free Teleport account to personalize city data.
Budget your housing and living costs, salaries and jobs.
Get started

Costs of living

Costs of living in Asheville are in the most expensive 20 percent of all 261 Teleport cities. Moving to Asheville will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,817$2,426
$2122
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$48
Movie ticket$9
Broadband internet connection$54
Monthly public transport$23
Lunch$14
-17%
compared to
San Francisco

Costs of living

Costs of living in Boston are in the most expensive 20 percent of all 261 Teleport cities and the 11th most expensive in the United States. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Boston will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$2,353$3,291
$2822
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)