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Apartment Living in Massachusetts
Nestled by the states of New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island, sits a small New England state of 6.5 million called Massachusetts. Only 190 miles long, this area may be little, but it's copious with plenty of sites and apartments to see. Well-known for its rich heritage, lighthouses, whale watching, wineries, arts and culture, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a popular destination for the rich and famous. One would need to be, with a cost of living in Boston that is 240 percent over the national average.
Massachusetts' economy relies on fresh seafood, shipping and manufacturing, research, finance and trade, higher education, and the electronics and communications equipment fields as key economic contributors. Tourism makes up at least 1/3 of the state's employees with Boston and Cape Cod being the state's leading attractions. Rich in history, Salem, Plymouth and the Berkshires are popular as well for sightseeing and apartment living.
One of the state's favorite pastimes is catching a game. Massachusetts loves sports and is home to some of the nation's leading champions with baseball's Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics in basketball, Boston's ice hockey team, the Bruins, the New England Patriots in football and in soccer, the New England Revolution.
Even with its breathtaking coastlines, heritage trails, and professional sports teams, the "Bay State" is also a strong attraction with its strong economy and low unemployment rate. While Massachusetts has a nice choice of well-paying jobs and apartments to choose from, the cost of living is twice as high as the national average. So, when looking for an apartment, you can expect to pay twice as much, especially in the popular area of Boston-Cambridge.
Want to find an apartment by Fenway Park or the Boston Gardens? Check out the sprawling urban city of Boston. The state capital and its largest city, Boston is the 11th largest metropolitan area in America. Located along the water, Boston is transportation central for the region. While it's large in population, Boston still has a small town feel with eclectic shops, museums, restaurants and apartments all within walking distance to the city's history, culture and beautiful parks like Boston Common, the oldest park in the country. Don't forget about the state's cost of living and plan to pay twice as much for an apartment in this popular city. It is not outrageous to pay over a $1000 for an average apartment in Boston. If the city life price tag is out of your budget, look in the charming areas of Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester and Jamaica Plain for your next apartment instead.
The country's most prominent university, Harvard, is located in the college town of Cambridge. Cambridge also houses MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Harvard Square is one of the city's hot spots and a favorite for apartment seekers. With its popular stores and cafes, this area is popular for faculty and students. While the cost of living is slightly lower than Boston, it is still pretty high. You can get a little more space in an apartment that goes for $1000.