There is a possibility that I could get a job (biotech) in the Boston area. I'm not sure if this is really the best choice of location for me so want opinions from those who are there now (or used to live there)
I was in the area a few years ago but just briefly. My concerns with Boston are: cost of living, traffic, parking, weather, and grumpy people.
The next alternative is Charleston SC which is a better city by all the above but the job itself would likely be better in Boston.
I will spend more time in any city before I move there.
Used to commute 128 for 7 years, lived South and north of Boston.
Nice area, expensive to live in. Have family down there.
where abouts is the job.
From professional standpoint, medical and biotech are probably top notch.
Suburbs are nice but commute into Boston could be [censored]. State Gov is typical Democrat Cluster, Registry Of Motor Vehcichles sucks. State is high tax and high regulation. Roads and infrastructure have not been maintained.
Rents are high and housing costs are high. If your moving I would recommend you get a commitment from your employer, nothing worse than moving and employer leaves you high and dry orphaned with layoffs, scene it happen.
There's a difference between being IN boston and out ten miles on the 128 beltway. There are also nice and nasty parts of urban boston/cambridge.
Since the Big Dig getting in and out is slick-fast in non-rush hour. If you can get a shift like a 7-3 and sneak in early you might cut a decent amount of time.
There is commuter rail out to nice 'burbs. Many are living in southern NH and commuting in every day... nice, except NH has no state income tax but high property tax so you get screwed 2x.
Dang dude I grew up in framingham, next town over.
Everyone gets a ranch house with a 1/4 acre lot. They went for $550k at the peak of stuff.
Metrowest is a nice frantic pace. There are some old timers who are polite and give you the time of day, and a large bunch of people who you think are totally rude, but they are mostly just very busy. Driving is insane until you pick up the pace. I took my drivers license test at the Framingham RMV with a fully armed Mass state trooper all dressed in pilgrim hat and pantaloons with shiny leather boots. Turned corner into the sun and almost hit a jaywalking (riding?) bicyclist. Hit the brakes, he lived to see another day, I got my license.
That close to the 'pike, you can get an apartment out in Worcester or somewhere for a while to see how you like it. Worcester gets more snow than Natick, by a wide margin, and they are laughably terrible at dealing with it: they never enforce parking bans and some cars are simply abandoned dirty white marshmallows when the going gets tough. If you DO live west of your work you will get sun in your eyes for both commutes which, combined with everything else, makes it yet more miserable.
My dad grew up near Youngstown, taught school for a year in Chicago, then moved to Mass and rode a Yamaha 2 stroke motorcycle for years commuting on (treacherous) route 9. He was a fish out of water yet made it in Mass!
Many are living in southern NH and commuting in every day... nice, except NH has no state income tax but high property tax so you get screwed 2x.
NH has property tax, meals and lodging tax, and taxes on vehicles at registation time. We have no general sales tax nor any income tax so we hardly are getting screwed 2X's other states such as MA that the OP is talking about? Or do you mean if you live in NH and commute you have to pay MA income tax and NH property tax? MA still has high property taxes so it isn't as if you get away from that plus they also have a general sales tax so you still pay more in MA if you lived there.
In MA you have all the taxes NH has plus income and sales. You pay FAR more in MA for taxes then you do NH when you look at the big picture. I have family who live in MA and they pay a fortune in taxes each year in that state. My property and vehicle registration taxes are high but it is a drop in the bucket compared to what it would cost in MA. Even if I lived here and worked in MA, so I had to pay MA income tax, it is still less than if I lived in MA by a long shot( been there and done that ).
You couldn't pay me to live in Boston or anywhere close to it. I wouldn't live in the state of MASSconfusion, period, for anything. One of the most screwed up states there is. Right there with CA and NY. NO THANKS! Give me CowHampshire and our high property taxes anyday.
The payscale is far better in MA as are the opportunities for quality jobs. This offsets the taxes/costs. I live in the Seacoast of NH and there have been technology companies come and go. The reason they go is they cannot attract the top talent to NH. There is definitely a high quality of life at least in coastal NH but job opportunities are not the same.
Boston is great for lateral and upward movement. NH not so much. You may want to consider that with SC as I have no idea what its like down there.
my wife is from natick- nice area. MA will get you with all the taxes but for your profession Boston metro area is the place to be in terms of finding good jobs and being where the research is at. Natick is nice but a bit pricey, the towns around it are also nice- there are good and bad parts of framingham. If I were you i would find a place west of natick maybe even find a community off of 495.
If you are single and want to live in the city but do not want to spend an arm and a leg- look at allston/brighton or parts of cambridge or somerville. If you are married and starting a family natick and communites west are great for families.
MA is better than NY, i live in NY state and taxes kill us here- i miss OH.