Location: Massachusetts (MA), northeast USA
Area: 48 square miles / 124 square kilometers
Population: 600,000 in the city, 3.2 million in the metropolitan area
Language: American English
Currency: US Dollar (USD)
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (GMT - 5 hours) (daylight saving time is observed)
Telephone area code: 617 / 781 Country dialing code: +1
Electricity: 110 volts AC, 50 Hz - flat two-pin plugs or third round pin are used
Annual rainfall: 1054 mm (41.5 inches)
Elevation: 10 ft.
When to Visit
Weather in Boston is very changeable and never boring. The summers (June to August) are usually bright and sunny, with some humidity. The winters (November to February) can be quite wet, so at that time of year, be sure to carry an umbrella. One of the best times to visit is in the late spring and early fall (with spectacular autumnal colors throughout new England), when the temperature is warm but not too hot. Whatever the weather, there is always so much to see and enjoy in Boston.
National Public Holidays
1st January - New Year's Day
Third Monday in January - Martin Luther King Day
12th February - Lincoln's Birthday
Third Monday in February - Washington's Birthday
Third Monday in April - Patriot's Day (Massachusetts)
Last Monday in May - Memorial Day
4th July - Independence Day
First Monday in September - Labor Day
Second Monday in October - Columbus Day
11th November - Veterans Day
4th Thursday in November - Thanksgiving
25th December - Christmas Day
A current driving challenge is the "Big Dig." This is a project that is submerging Boston's main highway, the Central Artery and covering it with attractive landscaping, new housing, and retail space. An even more attractive city will be the result.
Located between the academic powerhouses of Harvard and MIT, Central Square is the seat of City government and home to a rich variety of international restaurants and music clubs.
Harvard Square, located around the historic brick walls of the country's oldest university, is a mecca for dining, shopping, book shops, and entertainment.
Historically, Inman Square is a bustling shopping district and is home to a wide variety of unique restaurants offering cuisine of excellence and diversity.
Just a bridge away from Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood, Kendall Square is home to MIT and the heart of Massachusetts' booming high tech and biotechnology industries
In north Cambridge, Porter Square boasts the region's largest concentration of Japanese restaurants and shops, including a popular Japanese bookstore.