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Boston is best known for two things: a Puritan history and colleges. It has attracted artists and artsy-types in recent years, possibly as part of a liberating trend in Boston and because of the state’s support for universal healthcare and same-sex marriage. That kind of agenda tends to draw approving artists and low-end hipsters out of the woodwork and into studio apartments in Boston proper and surrounding areas, like Cambridge and Allston. The area also has several museums including the Museum of Fine Arts.
During the school year, the Boston area has a huge influx of youthful college students from all around the country and the world. There are about 52 major educational institutions in the greater area, including Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Boston College, The New England Conservatory and Northeastern, but despite what you would expect of a college town, the students from each institution keep mostly to themselves.
As part of its Puritan legacy, Boston shuts down fairly early. The nightlife is restricted to specific areas—the Theatre District (off of Boylston street between Mass. Ave. and the Commons), Faneuil Hall (more touristy), Allston (microbrew beer aficionados) and Harvard square (not clubby; better for eating and drinking).
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