The Greater Boston region is a unique mix of historic culture and modern change. A vibrant and diverse business sector, prestigious colleges and universities, unrivaled hospitals, world-renowned museums, rich history, and close proximity to the beaches of Cape Cod and the White and Green Mountains, are just some of the characteristics that define Greater Boston.

Cities and Towns in Greater Boston Region:  Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Cohasset, Dedham, Everett, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Milton, Needham, Newton, Quincy, Randolph, Revere, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Weston, Weymouth, Winchester and Winthrop.

Boston Communities in Greater Boston Region: Allston/Brighton, Back Bay, Beacon Hill/West End, Charlestown, Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Fenway/Kenmore, Financial District, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, North End, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston and South End/Bay Village.

The region's economy is concentrated into several industry segments of interrelated companies and institutions.

  • Financial Services: Both new and established businesses in Greater Boston benefit from Boston's expertise in the venture capital industry, mutual fund business, and institutional investing.
  • Information Technology: The region benefits from a strong presence of company headquarters, research, and manufacturing facilities in a diverse group of industries including computers, software, peripherals, information services, communications, and electronics.
  • Health Care & Life Sciences: Greater Boston is the nation's largest center of health research and is one of the premier patient-care centers in the world. Teaching hospitals, such as Brigham & Women's Hospital, Children's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Massachusetts General Hospital, serve as training grounds, research centers, and important sources of innovative technologies.
  • Manufacturing: The manufacturing base in Greater Boston is concentrated in instruments, industrial machinery, electronics, and printing and publishing.
  • Tourism: Greater Boston is host to conventioneers, business travelers, and vacationers, who are attracted by the region's business opportunities, scenery and rich history.

Education and Training
Greater Boston is home to the world's largest concentration of colleges and universities, including world-renowned institutions such as Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. An unparalleled level of university-related advanced research helps firms in the Greater Boston area grow and compete. Entire industries, as well as many of the region's most successful companies, were created by ideas and people emerging from Greater Boston's educational institutions.

Infrastructure and Permitting
Boston, the state capital and the seventh largest metropolitan area in the United States, offers companies the advantages of a strategically located transportation hub. Logan International Airport is among the largest in the world and is serviced by more than 50 air freight companies. The Port of Boston is one of the nation's oldest trading centers, and more than $7 billion worth of cargo passes through the port annually. Direct rail service exists between the Port and points west as a result of a partnership between the extensive network of commuter rails, subways, streetcars, and buses run by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Quality of Life
Greater Boston is an excellent place to live, work and visit. The region benefits from a rich history, excellent recreational resources, and world-class cultural amenities. Major tourist attractions in Boston include Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the USS Constitution, the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Science, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The region compares favorably to other major U.S. metropolitan areas when considering nearly every significant quality of life factor. World class health care facilities, excellent public transportation, and a relatively low crime rate are among the region's many superlatives.

Helpful Links


Massachusetts Office of Business Development
10 Park Plaza, Suite 3730
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617-973-8600
Fax: 617-973-8554

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