Boston can be a favorable city for older adults to live in, but the suitability can vary depending on individual preferences and circumstances. Here are some factors to consider:
ContactsEmily Shea, Commissioner on Elder Affairs
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 20108
It's a top notch town. I have lived here for 50 years. I don't even need a car. Not sure about working because my husband who I met here worked and luckily for me I did. It need to. There is lots to do here. I love going to the Boston public library. Everyone is so friendly there.
Would like to see a patio homes. You see them all throughout the south where my mother lives. There are starter homes and finisher homes all in the same neighborhood near Jackson, MS. Everyone looks out for each other. Everything is close.
Bedroom community. No hospitals. Everyone goes to mass general. It's an average town. Opioids are making a mess of a simple neighborhood. Crime is up.
In Boston it is all over after 45 where work is concerned.
Too cold and snowy in the winter.
As long as one is in good health, Boston offers it all. Walkable city, cultural opportunities abound, dining is great. Expensive city, however.
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How did Massachusetts earn the grade of C? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Massachusetts has a state sales tax of 6.25%. Of particular interest is that Massachusetts does not have taxes on social security. There are estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Massachusetts has an effective property tax rate of 1.21%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Massachusetts earned its state tax grade of C.
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