Boston is one of America’s oldest cities, with a rich economic and social history. What began as a homesteading community eventually evolved into a center for social and political change. Boston has since become the economic and cultural hub of New England. As the region’s hub, Boston is home to over 636,000 residents. Boston has consistently ranked number one among the 25 largest cities in the U.S. in the percentage of the total population between the ages of 20-34. A full 35% of Boston’s population falls in this age range. Boston-based jobs, primarily within the health care, educational, and service areas, numbered nearly 690,000 in 2013.
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