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10. Boston

Boston’s brainiac tradition, both in education and in medicine, is leading the city to seek its 21st century fortune not in tea but in tech ­ as in medtech and biotech, giving San Francisco and other tech centers a run for the money. Poster children are medtech companies like Palomar Medical Technologies, which makes cosmetic lasers, and Aspect Medical Systems, which makes brain monitoring systems, whose products are ultra nouveau.

Boston has not one, but two Best Hospital Honor Roll winners (more than any other city except for Los Angeles) ­ Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s. But Boston also has quantity. Like most big cities, healthcare employs the largest number of people.

If you want a job with high growth potential ­ and you can understand or even love a Boston accent (think CarTalk, the public radio series) ­ this is your city.

Biggest Employers

1. Massachusetts General Hospital
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2. Brigham and Women’s Hospital
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3. New England Medical Center
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4. Boston Medical Center
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5. Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
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Fastest Growing Careers

1. Home Health Aide

2. Medical Assistant

3. Physical Therapy Assistant

Earnings and Employment

Healthcare Practitioners
Number Employed: 147,040
Mean Annual Wage: $70,080

Healthcare Support
Number Employed: 65,080
Mean Annual Wage: $29,120


Median Family Income: $49,434
Sales Tax: 5.0%
Job Growth: -4.61%
Median Home Price: $484,648

Number of Colleges, Universities within 30 Miles: 51
Number of Junior Colleges, Technical Institutes within 30 Miles: 22

Move Theaters: 59
Restaurants: 6,492
Bars: 479
Libraries: 209
Museums: 27
Avg. Amount Spent on Vacations per Year: $6,148

Neighborhood Demographics
Median Age: 33.0
Completed at Least Some College: 60.9%
Married: 28.5%
Divorced: 7.1%

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