If you were to believe the image portrayed by countless TV shows, living in Boston is an experience entirely influenced by the “Old Country”, Ireland. While there may be a kernel of truth to this — the number of people with Irish heritage is quite high in Boston and many other parts of Massachusetts and New England — the city’s many facets can hardly fit into one single category. Just like most other big cities in the United States, the influences of a multitude of ethnicities and cultures coming together will make your stay in Boston a fascinating one.
If you are a sports buff with particular interest in North American team sports, life in Boston will have your eyes gleaming with childlike joy. The city is home to highly successful teams in all four of the country’s major sports leagues. You needn’t worry, though, if you root for teams other than the Patriots, Bruins, Celtics, or Red Sox; your favorite team will come to town and play the locals sooner or later. Furthermore, Boston has earned an excellent reputation among music lovers of almost any genre.
If you have a soft spot for history, you’ll be able to fill many afternoons and weekends exploring what living in Boston used to be like and which historical events took place in and around the city. Anyone up for a nice walk through the city should follow the Freedom Trail, a walking tour along a red brick path taking you to 16 important historical sites from the time of the American Revolution, including many in the city’s National Historical Park.
Are you interested in discovering other noteworthy cities in the US, or are you looking for relaxation or excitement in the great outdoors? Read up on tourist attractions and national parks in the US for tips on where to spend your next vacation.
As we allude to throughout our various articles on the city, education is one of the biggest assets for expats interested in living in Boston. Boston and neighboring Cambridge are home to more than 250,000 students attending the area’s many universities, colleges, and other institutions of higher education.
Boston’s academic strength does not only rely on higher education, though. Children living in Boston, expat kids included, have the luxury of attending the oldest and one of the most successful public school systems in the entire country. The standards of education are on par with other developed nations. If your children get high grades in school and pass their SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) with an above-average score, they should have a chance to be admitted to colleges or universities almost anywhere in the world.
If, however, you decide against enrolling your child in a public school, there are other options available. The city is home to various international schools of different backgrounds, including French and German, offering bilingual classes. Some also offer the more or less globally accepted International Baccalaureate diploma, which would specifically prepare your child for studying outside the USA.
Boston is generally quite safe for a city of its size. Being confronted with crime in some way or fashion is naturally hard to avoid in big metropolitan areas, even if simply in the local news. But if you adhere to the usual safety measures for large cities, expat life in Boston should be pleasantly uneventful in this respect.
You might have heard stereotypes about Boston being a violent city, but as with most others, those are quite exaggerated, and if you stay clear of certain neighborhoods, or don’t wander around alone by night, you needn’t worry while living in Boston.
For further information on crime and safety in the US, please refer to our detailed guide on the topic.
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