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Boston, Massachusetts

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Welcome to Boston ...

The coastal city of Boston is located in Suffolk County<1>. It is the County Seat and the capital of Massachusetts.

When the people of Boston refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Bostonian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Boston has a population of 692,600 people<3> (see below for details).

Boston was settled in 1625.

The community of Boston is near sea level<4>.

Time Zone: Boston lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for Boston: (617) and (857)<5>

The ZIP codes for Boston: 02101-02125, 02127-02128, 02133, 02163, 02196, 02199, 02201-02212, 02215-02217, 02222, 02241, 02266, 02283-02284, 02293, 02295, 02297<6>

Websites for Boston ...

Official Website:

Junior League:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Boston had an population of 692,600 people. This is an increase of 12.14% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 17.56% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Boston had a population of 617,594 people (which is 85.54% of the total population of Suffolk County). This makes Boston the county's most populous community.

The population of Boston represents 9.43% of the population of Massachusetts (which has 6,547,629 people), making it the state's most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 617,594 people, the population of Boston increased 4.83% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 589,141 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Boston.

Adding Boston to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Boston in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Boston elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Boston on a George F. Cram Map (1901).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Boston on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Boston ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 37 communities that are also named Boston - they are located in Alabama (2), Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana (2), Kansas (2), Kentucky (5), Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri (4), New York, Ohio (5), Ontario (2), Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia (3) and Washington.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Boston.

Communities near Boston ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Boston.

  • Brockton [Plymouth County]
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    • Brockton [Plymouth County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the south of Boston
    • Estimated population in 2019: 95,708 people
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  • Quincy [Norfolk County]
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    • Quincy [Norfolk County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<7> to the south of Boston
    • Estimated population in 2019: 94,470 people
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  • Lynn [Essex County]
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    • Lynn [Essex County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<7> to the northeast of Boston
    • Estimated population in 2019: 94,299 people
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  • Newton [Middlesex County]
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    • Newton [Middlesex County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<7> to the west of Boston
    • Estimated population in 2019: 88,414 people
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    • Framingham [Middlesex County]
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      • Framingham [Middlesex County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the west of Boston
      • Estimated population in 2019: 74,416 people
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    • Waltham [Middlesex County]
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      • Waltham [Middlesex County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<7> to the west of Boston
      • Estimated population in 2019: 62,495 people
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    • Weymouth [Norfolk County]
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      • Weymouth [Norfolk County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<7> to the southeast of Boston
      • Estimated population in 2019: 57,746 people
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    • Peabody [Essex County]
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      • Peabody [Essex County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the northeast of Boston
      • Estimated population in 2019: 53,070 people
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    • Arlington [Middlesex County]
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      • Arlington [Middlesex County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<7> to the northwest of Boston
      • Estimated population in 2019: 45,531 people
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    • Billerica [Middlesex County]
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      • Billerica [Middlesex County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the northwest of Boston
      • Estimated population in 2019: 43,367 people
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To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Boston. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Boston.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Boston. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Boston.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Boston. Our list includes 1,157 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Boston.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Boston ...

Looking for more information about Boston? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Boston, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Boston.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Suffolk County

About Massachusetts

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Boston:

The official website for State of Massachusetts:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Massachusetts' counties, including Suffolk, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Boston refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Boston may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Boston.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Boston - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (857) is an overlay for area code (617).
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Boston). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Boston or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Boston includes: 02101, 2102, 2103, 2104, 2105, 2106, 2107, 2108, 2109, 2110, 2111, 2112, 2113, 2114, 2115, 2116, 2117, 2118, 2119, 2120, 2121, 2122, 2123, 2124, 02127, 02133, 02163, 02196, 02199, 02201, 2202, 2203, 2204, 2205, 2206, 2207, 2208, 2209, 2210, 2211, 02215, 2216, 02222, 02241, 02266, 02283, 02293, 02295 & 02297.
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Boston) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Boston. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Boston

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Boston. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.3611, Longitude: -71.0573    






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