Back Bay

Welcome to Back Bay

Along the Charles River Bay and the heart of Boston lies Back Bay. This leafy neighborhood features a mixture of sophisticated urban and residential landscapes inspired by Paris. Back Bay has grown from reclaimed land in the Charles River Basin to a beautiful Boston neighborhood, featuring Victorian Brownstone homes and architectural marvels such as the Boston Public Library and the Prudential Center. 

Life in Back Bay presents a modern life with a bit of old-fashioned charm. The expansive Copley Square showcases Back Bay's history, with the Boston Public Library and Trinity Church as the main attractions. Newbury Street features beautiful brownstone homes set among sidewalk cafes, art galleries, and designer boutiques. Commonwealth Avenue taps its inspiration from Paris with beautiful trees aligned on the street. 

What to Love

  • Picturesque strolls along the Newbury, Marlborough, and Beacon Streets  
  • Biking or running along the Charles River Esplanade 
  • Access to outdoor space together with the beautiful historic building 

Local Lifestyle

Residents in Back Bay enjoy a cosmopolitan and polished lifestyle backed by upscale shops, charming nightlife, and historic architecture. Newbury, Commonwealth Avenue, Marlborough, and Beacon Streets are the epicenter of Back Bay's lifestyle. They have outdoor cafes, boutiques, and an array of Victorian brownstone homes that maintain an ever-bustling atmosphere. You cannot miss residents savoring snacks at outdoor cafes, walking their dogs, or perusing items from the retail shops any time of the day. 

For a change of scenery, locals head out to one of Back Bay's beautiful parks. You cannot miss finding residents reading a book on a bench in Copley Square or picnicking at the Charles River Esplanade. Visit the Boston Public Library or the Old South Church to learn about Boston's architectural history. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Back Bay dining, entertainment, and shopping scenes are second to none. There are plenty of options to satisfy all your desires, making it one of the most desired destinations in Boston. 

Their food scene is completed with a variety of restaurants. This includes Select Oyster and Grill, offering a wide selection of seafood, Ramsay's kitchen, which serves a variety of dishes inspired by Chef Gordon Ramsey's culinary experiences; and La Voile, which offers a classic French Brasserie and catering. 

Your shopping therapy cannot be completed without a visit to the Prudential Center, Copley Place, or108 Newbury Center. Here, you can treat yourself to luxury apparel from renowned brands such as DIOR, BALENCIAGA, TIFFANY & CO, and Club Monaco. 

The Back Bay entertainment scene is also a thing to adore. Back Bay Event Center is the center of many exciting activities that will entertain you. It features a spacious ballroom and a 1,100-seater theater that hosts different events throughout the year. Apart from attending events at the Back Bay Event Center, locals gather at the Boston First Nigh to celebrate the beginning of a new year. This festival features artistic performances, light displays, and fireworks at Copley Square.  

Things to Do

  • Get your next watch for your collection at Shreve, Crump, and Low 
  • Enjoy Boston's stunning view at the Skywalk Observatory at Prudential Center 
  • Enjoy a picturesque stroll the Newbury Streets.
  • Picnic at the Copley Square 


Back Bay has one of the most excellent schools in Boston. Some of the top schools offering quality education opportunities include:
  • The Learning Project Elementary School: This non-sectarian school offers high academic
  • and behavioral standards in an inclusive community. 
  • Kingsley Montessori School: This is a premier middle school with cutting-edge programs. 
  • Boston Latin School: The number 1 high school in Massachusetts and 26 nationally. 

Overview for Back Bay, MA

19,041 people live in Back Bay, where the median age is 33 and the average individual income is $118,003. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

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Schools in Back Bay, MA

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The following schools are within or nearby Back Bay. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Learning Project Elementary School
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Kingsley Montessori School
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Snowden International School at Copley
9th - 12th
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Kingsley Montessori School
PreK - 6th
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Demographics and Employment Data for Back Bay, MA

Back Bay has 10,677 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Back Bay do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 19,041 people call Back Bay home. The population density is 41,147.626 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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46.56 / 53.43%

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