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Boston Facts & Information

Location Coastal Massachusetts
Climate Four seasons. Mild/rainy springs, hot sticky summers, mild falls, and cold snowy winters.
Land Area 51.9 square miles
Population 581,616
Persons Over 65 10.4%
Female Persons 51.9%
Ethnic Groups 54.5% white, 25.3% black, 0.4% american indian, 7.5% asian
Housing Units 251,935
Median Household Income $39,629
Description of Flag The flag of Massachusetts has a blue shield emblazoned with the image of a Native American on a white field. The flag also has a white star represents Massachusetts as one of the original thirteen states. Around the shield is a blue ribbon with the motto:" By the Sword We Seek Peace, but Peace Only Under Liberty". Above the shield is a arm and sword.
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Boston Culture

A true American city, Boston encompasses various cultures, religions, and social classes. It cannot be characterized in a single definition, but instead must be appreciated for its multifaceted personality. Walking down the street or waiting for the T, you will constantly be serenaded by musicians of all genres. The suburban areas in Boston are cluttered with religious Catholic iconography, and churches are spread throughout the city. Coffee houses on weekend afternoons are always crowded with

diligent students pounding away at laptops. The North End serves up pasta dishes that taste like they came straight from the kitchens of Italy, and China Town will deliver plate after plate of dim sum for brunch. In Beacon Hill, be on the lookout for the likes of former presidential candidate John Kerry, who resides in one of the area’s signature brownstones. Around Fenway Park, you can spend an evening watching the city’s beloved Boston Red Sox - just don’t mention the New York Yankees. Residents born and raised in Boston have a vocabulary of slang expressions and distinct accents, which set them apart from people of any other city.

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Boston Shopping

The city atmosphere makes almost any area of Boston a natural place for shoppers to enjoy an afternoon. Major commercial areas such as Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Newbury Street give Boston a notorious retail reputation, however the two types of shopping are very different. While Newbury Street provides one-of-a-kind boutiques full of original items, places such as Faneuil Hall Marketplace are made up of mostly chain stores. For a satisfying mixture of both

boutique and designer shopping, visit Copley Place and the adjoining Prudential Center. A day spent at these malls is not for the weak at heart, as together they form a crowded shopping compound, and exploring both malls can fill an entire day.

No matter where you shop in Boston, keep in mind there will always be a lot of walking involved. Wear flats or sneakers to get from shop to shop, as the cobblestone sidewalks are almost impossible to maneuver in uncomfortable shoes.


Boston Restaurants
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Boston Travel Guides
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