USA - Boston
Boston anchors a regional economy of more than five million people that extends from Southern New Hampshire to Worcester and Cape Cod, making up the nation’s 7th largest metropolitan area. The city had a population of 617,594 according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Boston is the 22nd largest US city, yet it has one of the nation’s highest concentrations of jobs and income, doubling its population each day as commuters flow into the city to work. Among US cities with populations between 500,000 and one million, Boston ranks 2nd in its ratio of jobs to residents.
With its historic character, world-class museums, extensive public transit system, new Convention and Exhibition Centre, beautiful natural surroundings, international airport and deep-water port, Boston is a destination for tourists and business visitors alike, and the gateway to New England. The City is probably best known for its unparalleled concentration and quality of institutions of higher education. According to the most comprehensive world listings of universities, Harvard University is ranked number one, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in tenth place.
Boston is a centre of finance, health care, life sciences, and high technology. The industries that thrive in the region are those that depend on and leverage the intellectual capital available.
Boston is considered one of the top places in which to do business in the United States. In the last 30 years, city employment has shifted from traditional labour intensive manufacturing jobs to technology and service jobs. The economy of metropolitan Boston now primarily rests on high technology, finance, professional and business services, defence, education and medical institutions.
Boston is one of the country’s top 10 tourist attractions with over 60 historic sites to visit.