Welcome to Boston

Boston is one of the most historic cities in the United States, tracing its roots to colonial America. Founded in 1630, Boston was designed by its Puritan settlers to be a morally superior society: a “city on a hill” for the world to emulate. The shipbuilding, whaling and fishing industries flourished in colonial Boston, and the forty miles of piers and docks along the waterfront attest to Boston’s continuing importance as a trade city. Boston is the site of America’s first public school, founded in 1635, and it has been an educational hub ever since. Several major events of the American Revolution occurred in Boston, including the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, and the Battle of Bunker Hill. Because of this rich history and colonial architecture, the city is a popular vacation spot, attracting 12 million visitors annually.

Boston is the anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area called Greater Boston, which as a commuting region includes parts of Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine. As the largest city in New England, Boston is the regional center for the insurance, banking, finance, and publishing industries. It is a noted hub of biotechnology, home to such globally known companies such as Sanofi Genzyme and Novartis, as well as many innovative smaller firms. Boston is also renowned for its medical research facilities and state of the art hospitals. After Silicon Valley in California, Boston is the United States’ second most prominent center for venture capital and high-tech entrepreneurship, fed by graduates of the area’s many universities. The Boston-Cambridge area boasts over eighty colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northeastern, Boston University, Boston College, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Other prominent locally-headquartered organizations include Partners in Health, Oxfam America, City Year, and Citizen Schools.

Aside from business and education, Boston boasts a rich and growing cultural life. It is a thriving center for the arts, home to the world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Ballet Company. The city also contains outstanding museums and art galleries, including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum with its magnificent new wing. Public parks, particularly the Boston Common, and the Public Garden, and the city’s many libraries are popular with Boston residents. Bostonians enthusiastically support professional sports.  The city is home to Fenway Park, the oldest major league baseball park still in use, and many avid fans of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. Other local favorites include the Boston Celtics basketball team, the New England Patriots football team, and the Boston Bruins hockey team -- all recent national champions.

Boston has also been home to WorldBoston since 1949. Our mission is to foster engagement in international affairs and cooperation with peoples of all nations. Every year WorldBoston provides people from all over the world – and people right here – hundreds of opportunities for learning and connection. Our community includes professionals in every field, including government, business, media, education, science, and the arts; young people; and citizen diplomats.