Boston

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The region’s concentration of colleges and universities give it a third-place ranking on the share of the population with a BA. Tech majors may be weighing destinations that offer great internship opportunities, like Boston, San Francisco and San José, which all score high for employment in the innovation sector. However, Boston offers higher labor-force participation and lower rents, reflecting a somewhat better economic climate. Boston ranks third highest in its category for commuting alternatives to the car, thanks in large part to the T (subway system), numerous bike paths, and its pre-car-era downtown street patterns. However, Boston ranks near the bottom on our score of racial and ethnic diversity.

#2 Boston

POPULATION: 4,426,634
STUDENTS: 403,778
RANKING DETAIL:
#3 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#13 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#3 CITY ACCESS
#7 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#6 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#4 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#3 LABOR FORCE
#1 INNOVATION
#10 RENT

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