Brookline

Brookline

A historic urban city just a short drive from Boston

Welcome to Brookline

 

Brookline, Massachusetts is a quintessential study of how a Boston suburb can exude small-town charm. Its combination of historic districts and modern urban amenities gives it an edge over other neighborhoods of its kind. Life seems to proceed at a slower pace in this character-filled community. It attracts young, educated professionals who enjoy an easy commute to the city, proximity to great hospitals and schools, and an abundance of first-class restaurants and shops.

Brookline is the birthplace of John F. Kennedy, as well as other notable figures from the literary, entertainment, and sports world. The town was established in the early 1600s by European settlers, and it became incorporated as Brookline in 1705. Today, Brookline is a cultural hub dedicated to maintaining its rich history through its beloved residential streets and lively downtown area.

 

What to Love

  • Numerous options for public transportation.
  • Walkable neighborhoods
  • A small-town feel 
  • Historic sites
  • Thriving artisan retail shops and 5-star dining opportunities
  • Cultural and recreational venues around every corner
 

Local Lifestyle

Brookline has an interesting mix of real estate, ranging from luxury condos to single-family homes. Many of the districts in Brookline are historic, preserved sites. Brookline is known for its artistic vibe that has shaped its unique character. Though surrounded by metropolitan Boston, Brookline maintains a close-knit community atmosphere. It is the perfect blend of suburban small-town living with big-city amenities just a quick commute away.


Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Brookline's food and restaurant scene are more than impressive for a town of its size. Venues like Bottega di Capri in heart of Brookline Village take authentic Italian-style dining to a whole new level. For craft cocktails and a taste of Thailand, head over to Mahaniyom, where locals gather to share plates and conversation. Barcelona Wine Bar is ideal for an intimate evening of Spanish-centric cuisine. Enjoy a locally roasted coffee at Brothers & Sisters Co. It is a warm and cozy refuge, especially when the weather is cool.

Shopping in Brookline can be an adventurous undertaking. Boston General Store is a must for those who are looking for a quality, high-end gift you won't find anywhere else. Meander over to charming Coolidge Corner, where you will find the award-winning Brookline Booksmith. It is a neighborhood oasis of literary delight. Women looking for exclusive, contemporary clothing and jewelry can stop by Fire Opal to update their wardrobes.

Brookline keeps its ambiance lively with a wide array of entertainment options for those who live there. The Puppet Showcase Theater is a community treasure offering outstanding, original shows and puppetry workshops for all ages. Car enthusiasts will be impressed when they visit Larz Anderson Auto Museum, home to "America's Oldest Car Collection".  Afterward, grab a Guinness at Grainne O'Malley's Tavern on your way home.


Things to Do

Residents of Brookline don't have to wander far to discover a variety of interesting things to do. Established in 1964, the Brookline Arts Center is one of the most prestigious and comprehensive visual art centers in the Greater Boston area. It embraces creative, forward-thinking ideals in an inviting environment designed to allow artists of all levels to thrive. Art connoisseurs also can't go wrong with the art and services offered at Brookline's own Jensen Fine Arts.

For a day of exhilarating outdoor fun in the winter months, head over to Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink. The rink is open to the community for skating, lessons, and hockey events. You can reserve a private rink rental for memorable special occasions with family and friends. In the summer season, the Brookline community can take advantage of the Brookline Farmers' Market. It is a great way to support local growers, artisans, and producers. 


Schools

The Public Schools of Brookline serve the community of Brookline. Top-rated public and private schools include:

 

  • Boston Latin Academy
  • Baker School
  • Michael Driscoll School
  • Dexter Southfield School

Overview for Brookline, MA

62,620 people live in Brookline, where the median age is 35.3 and the average individual income is $83,318. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

62,620

Total Population

35.3 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$83,318

Average individual Income

Schools in Brookline, MA

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The following schools are within or nearby Brookline. 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.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Florida Ruffin Ridley School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
8th - 12th
No rating available
Maimonides School Elementary Section
PRIVATE
K - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
Apple Orchard School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Beaver Country Day School
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 11th
No rating available
St Mary Of The Assumption Elementary School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
New England Hebrew Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Ivy Street School
PRIVATE
8th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5

Demographics and Employment Data for Brookline, MA

Brookline has 26,762 households, with an average household size of 2.28. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Brookline do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 62,620 people call Brookline home. The population density is 9,263.41 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

62,620

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

35.3

Median Age

45.93 / 54.07%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
26,762

Total Households

2.28

Average Household Size

$83,318

Average individual Income

Households with Children

With Children:

Without Children:

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Blue vs White Collar Workers

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White Collar:

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes
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