Moving to The Walking City
Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, which explains the city’s rich history and culture, and its European spirit. Among some of the Historical Outings are the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, Paul Revere’s House, and Longfellow’s Wayside Inn — the oldest inn in the States that is still operating.
With a population of 687,584 in 2017, Boston is the capital and most populous municipality of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. Boston’s humid continental climate is similar to New York with warm and humid summers and cold and stormy winters. July is the hottest month, while the coldest is January which is filled with snow most of the time.
Economy and living costs
Boston is one of the top 30 most powerful cities in the world in terms of economy. The Greater Boston metropolitan area is ranked in the sixth position in the United States, and in the 12th position worldwide. The city attracts over 350,000 college students from all over the world with its top colleges and universities which play a significant part in Boston’s booming economy.
Compared to the national average, living in Boston can be 47% more expensive. But since you are going to move from New York, you are already used to high costs of living, and moving to Boston will actually be a relieve.
Overall, Boston is 6% cheaper than New York with 14% cheaper housing. The average rent for a studio apartment in Boston is $2,318 while the median home value is $569,500. Among some of the key factors that define the cost of living in Boston are housing costs, healthcare, utilities, and transportation.
Housing and neighborhoods
Finding housing in Boston can be really tough given how short its supply of homes for sales is. Finding a good place to rent is no piece of cake either. Avoid looking for housing during the month of September as the real estate market in Boston is based on the school-year schedule and prices can go pretty high starting September 1st.
July and August are two of the best months if you want to find great apartment deals. Just make sure you find a great neighborhood that fits you first because that’s where you will spend most of your free time. Picking a neighborhood that is close to your work would be ideal, to avoid commuting altogether. Beacon Hill, South Boston, and Back Bay are some of the best neighborhoods you can pick from.
Job market and unemployment rate
Often called “The Hub”, Boston is literally a hub of job opportunities especially in higher education, technology, biotech, life sciences, finance, and the medical sector. If you are moving to Boston and will soon be on the lookout for a new job, check out the Boston Career Center and Monster — some of the best sites to apply for jobs. There are plenty of startups offering job positions in different areas every day. It is after all the home of Harvard University, MIT, Boston University, Liberty Mutual, Massachusetts General Hospital and many more.
As of November 2017, Boston unemployment rate is only 3.0%, way lower compared to the national average, and 1% lower compared to New York.
Looking very much like a European city, Boston is packed with things to see in almost every corner and offers plenty of opportunities for weekend getaways thanks to its favorable location. Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Cape Cod, and Newport are just some of the best spots you can pick for short weekend, trips preferably during the summer season.
Lakes and mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont, Boston Harbor Islands, and the rocky coastlines of Maine are also a must visit and easily accessible. Make sure not to miss Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Freedom Trail, Boston Public Garden, Quincy Market, and the Skywalk Observatory once you settle too.
Moving to Boston with a car
If you are going to move to Boston with your car, you need to register it with the RMV within 30 days after you become a resident. Depending on the type of vehicle you own, you may also need to transfer your certificate of title to Massachusetts. Just like in New York, the car insurance is mandatory in order to register your car, and it is attached to your licensed plate, so plan accordingly. As per your out-of-state driver’s license, you need to transfer it as soon as you can once you move to Boston, as well as visit your local Massachusetts RMV office in person to submit the needed documents and turn over your out-of-state license.
We hope our guide was helpful in walking you through the process of shipping your car from New York to Boston. And learning a bit about the beautiful city of Boston. If you still have question please call or email us. Thank you!