About Boston

Boston is the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The largest city in New England, Boston is regarded as the unofficial "Capital of New England" for its economic and cultural impact on the entire New England region. The city proper, covering 48.43 square miles, had an estimated population of 625,087 in 2011 according to the U.S. Census, making it the 21st largest in the country. Boston is also the anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area called Greater Boston, home to 4.5 million people and the tenth-largest metropolitan area in the country.

Town Information

Settled: September 17, 1630
Incorporated: March 4, 1822

Population: 625,087
Density: 12,752/sq mi

Land Area: 48.43 sq mi
Water Area: 41.21 sq mi

Boston History

Boston was founded on September 17, 1630 by Puritan colonists from England and during the late 18th century was the location of several major events of the American Revolution. After American independence was attained, Boston became a major shipping port and manufacturing center, and its rich history helps attract many tourists.


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