Top Boston Neighborhoods for Young Professionals

by c21commonweath_ldowling 15. May 2015 12:57


Perhaps you’re moving to the Boston area for a new job or you’re graduating from college and looking to escape a rowdy, fraternity environment that still offers lots of entertainment options for singles in your age group. Besides the student-occupied Allston neighborhood, most Boston neighborhoods aren’t broken down by age group, but rather income, history and personality. Here will point you in the right direction to begin your search.


Somerville, located just northwest of Cambridge is a great area for a young, working professional to consider renting an apartment or buying a home. In recent years, the business sector has been booming with a strong support for local businesses. There is plenty to do for entertainment and commuting is easy. Somerville is much more affordable for those starting out than nearby Cambridge or Boston proper. An added bonus- you can find some great views from homes or apartments located on hills in Somerville. The only downside is that parking can be a problem depending on where you decide to live.

South Boston  

South Boston was formerly a rough neighborhood for Irish immigrants, but it has undergone a dramatic change in recent years. Rents are more affordable here, but steadily rising. This neighborhood is great for 20-30 somethings with an abundance of bars, restaurants, and access to public transportation. The area has gone from being called “Southie” to “Sobo”. South Boston also offers waterfront views and beach access.


Due to its proximity to Allston, quite a bit of students do reside in the Brighton area. However, Oak Square & Brighton Center are great for working professionals, not quite as populated with college students. Here you’ll find plenty to do with an abundance of bars and restaurants and access to public transportation with a little less noise.

North End

Boston’s North End was formerly mostly an Italian neighborhood, but Boston’s little Italy now consists of a mix of Italian Americans, young professionals, and people from a variety of other cultural backgrounds. The North End is one of the oldest Boston neighborhoods and has a lot of European character and interesting architecture.  You’ll also be near the waterfront and close to the Harbor Walk.