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Boston is the capital city of Massachusetts, lovingly referred to by locals as "Beantown." This world-renowned city lies at the center of Greater Boston, which also includes the cities of Cambridge, Quincy, and Newton, the town of Brookline, and other outlying suburban communities. With an estimated total population of 520,702, Boston is a major cultural and financial center of the U.S.

Boston lies at the center of the Boston-Worcester-Manchester Combined Statistical Area, which is the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. This American city is rich in diversity and history. Boston's many colleges and universities have a major impact on the city and region's economy. They provide employment and help attract high-tech industries in computer hardware and software, and emerging biotechnology.

Boston offers the budding professional an economic landscape rich with opportunities for learning and advancement. The top private employers include:

  • Massachusetts General Hospital Corporation
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Brigham & Women's Hospital, Inc.
  • Boston University
  • New England Medical Center
  • John Hancock Life Insurance Co.


Opportunities for growth in the labor force include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Trade, transportation, and utilities
  • Financial activities
  • Professional and business services
  • Educational and health services

For more information on colleges and universities in Massachusetts, explore our Massachusetts state page.

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Boston, Massachusetts (MA) Colleges and Universities

Note: This list also contains online schools that accept students from this state.
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