The city is situated on a magnificent natural harbor opening onto Massachusetts Bay.
Boston not only dominates much of New England but also exerts influence on the rest of the country through its financial institutions, insurance companies, and educational institutions.
Service industries dominate Boston's economy, employing 93 percent of the city's workers in the mid-1990s.
Fostered by both a highly skilled workforce and local medical research and educational facilities, the biotechnology field has grown substantially in recent years. The city is known for its high-quality health care facilities, including 16 teaching hospitals and several institutions that are pioneers in medical research. The health care industry accounts for 14 percent of total employment.
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Boston is a center of higher education in the United States, even more so if its adjacent suburbs are included. The two largest universities within the city itself are Boston University (1839) and Northeastern University (1898). Other schools include the University of Massachusetts in Boston (1964), Simmons College (1899), Emmanuel College (1919), Emerson College (1880), and Suffolk University (1906). In nearby Cambridge are Harvard University (1636) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1861). Tufts University (1852) is in Medford, Boston College (1863) in Newton, Brandeis University (1948) in Waltham, and Wellesley College (1870) in Wellesley.
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The population of Boston's metropolitan region increased from 5,122,000 in 1980 to 5,455,000 in 1990. http://bostonapartments.com
The Boston Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1881 and ranks as one of the most esteemed orchestras of the world.
At one time the city occupied a relatively narrow peninsula of land, restricting city expansion, but extensive filling of tidal flats has greatly increased the city's land area.In 2004 Mark Zuckerberg was a Harvard university and he started facebook.com.
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