Boston, Massachusetts


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According to the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the area surrounding the modern day city of Boston has been inhabited since as early as 5000 BC.  The first European settlers named it ‘Trimountaine’ (for its ‘three mountains’ – which no longer exist.)  However, in 1630, Puritan colonists from England changed the name to Boston.  This was the name of their home village of Boston, Lincolnshire, England, which in turn was a contraction of the name of a Saxon monk, St. Botolph.  The American city of Boston wasn’t incorporated until March 4th, 1822, however.

Today, Boston is the capital and largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  It is also known as the largest city in New England.  Boston had an estimated population of 645,966 in 2014.  This would make it the 24th largest city in the U.S.  The city proper serves as the hub of a much larger metropolitan area, Greater Boston, which is home to 4.5 million people.  It is the tenth-largest metropolitan area in the country.  Its commuting region, though, has a population of 7.6 million people, which makes it the sixth-largest Combined Statistical Area in the country.

Boston is considered a global city, and the Atlantic Monthly Group ranks it among the top 30 most economically powerful cities in the world.  Greater Boston has an economy encompassing $363 billion, which is the sixth largest in the country and 12th largest in the world.

The city’s colleges and universities have the most significant impact on its economy.  These prestigious institutions include Harvard University, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Emerson College, MIT, Northeastern University, Suffolk University, and Tufts University, among many others.  In total, Boston’s universities and colleges attract more than 350,000 students from around the world.  This contributes more than $4.8 billion to the city’s economy each year.

Tourism is also an enormous part of Boston’s economy.  According to Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, in 2011, the city’s tourist industry brought in 21.2 million domestic and international visitors.  It was estimated that they spent $8.3 billion that year.  One of the most visited attractions in Boston is Faneuil Hall, which brings in over 20 million visitors per year.  Faneuil Hall has been a marketplace and meeting hall since 1742.  It is part of Boston National Historical Park and is the most well known stop along the city’s Freedom Trail.  Faneuil Hall was the site of several speeches by Samuel Adams, James Otis, and other rebels during the American Revolution.

Boston’s Theater District is a bustling hive of culture.  It serves as the home for the Cutler Majestic Theatre, Citi Performing Arts Center, the Colonial Theater, and the Orpheum Theatre.  Symphony Hall houses the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops Orchestra.  The Boston Opera House serves as the home of the Boston Ballet.

Boston has teams in the five major North American professional sports leagues, and has won 34 championships in those leagues.  In 2014, it became one of six major cities to have won championships in all four major U.S. sports.  MLB’s Boston Red Sox, one of the founding members of the league in 1901, play their home games at Fenway Park.  Fenway was built in 1912, and is the oldest sports arena or stadium in active use in the US among major American professional sports leagues.  The Red Sox have won 8 World Series titles.  The Boston Bruins of the NHL, one of ‘the Original Six’ franchises in that league, play their home games in the TD Garden and have won 6 Stanley Cups.  The NBA’s Boston Celtics also play in the TD Garden and they have won more championships than any other NBA team, with 17.  The NFL’s New England Patriots were first called the Boston Patriots, but changed their name in 1971.  They play in Gillette Stadium in nearby Foxborough and have won 3 Super Bowls.  The Patriots share Gillette Stadium with MLS’ New England Revolution.

Are you thinking about starting a small business in the Greater Boston metropolitan area?  Do you already own one?  These resources could prove useful:

Apply for a Business License in Boston

Business in Boston

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

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