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America’s oldest big city is ready to own the future.

With a rich history laid into its cobblestone, a thriving economy, diverse neighborhoods and legacy of arts, culture and education, Boston has something for both locals and visitors. Indeed, each year the city welcomes more than 18 million business travelers, convention delegates and tourists.

In Resonance’s ranking, Boston nabs the #6 spot for People, which looks at the subcategories of Education Attainment, Foreign Born and Languages Spoken. An innovative city with a strong and growing economy, Boston offers access to parks and open space, walkability, commercial fiber connectivity, energy efficiency and, with 29 percent of the population being foreign born and representing over 100 countries, a vibrant global community. Boston, which is home to the highest concentration of young adults of any of the 25 largest cities in the country, produces a highly educated workforce and steady stream of new talent. The higher education capital of the world, the Boston region is home to 75 institutions of higher learning (including Harvard University, Boston University and MIT) with a collective enrollment of 300,000 students.

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An annual event called Hubweek, sponsored by the Boston Globe, Harvard, MIT and Hubspot, brings together more than 100 companies from around the area to discuss new technological breakthroughs. According to Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing editor of the Globe, Boston is now the nucleus of innovations in art, science and technology. Projects like Hubweek, which Henry helps run, are helping draw top national talent to the area.

Unsurprisingly, Boston was one of 20 cities that made the cut for Amazon’s HQ2. In the city’s proposal to the tech giant, Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust was quoted as saying, “Our universities provide the intellectual infrastructure—the ideas, solutions, technologies, and talent that fuel growth, and attract startups and established companies—that makes our region a competitive place for Amazon’s next venture, and for the future generations of thinkers and creators who will live, study, and work here.”

And those thinkers—and their entourages—are pouring into town.

The Ray and Maria Stata Center designed by Frank Gehry for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Boston is experiencing an economic and population boom, with approximately 724,000 residents projected to live in the City of Boston by 2030. “Moving to Boston means moving to a city with unique neighborhoods and a passionate, innovative, and active community,” says Matt O’Toole, brand president for Reebok. “Boston is a city that moves, and that movement brings the city to life.” Reebok moved their headquarters to Boston in 2017. In the last four years, the city added more than 60,000 new jobs, and the annual unemployment rate fell from 6.1% in 2013 to 3.4% in 2016. Last year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation ranked Boston as the best city for fostering entrepreneurial growth.

In July 2017, the Mayor’s office released Imagine Boston 2030—the first citywide plan in more than 50 years. Shaped by more than 15,000 voices, the plan lays the framework and vision for the city’s future. “Boston is in a unique point in our history,” Mayor Martin Walsh writes in the plan’s opening letter. The responsibilities of the city are expanding as it strengthens its role as a safe harbor for immigrants and a national leader in preparing for climate change. Boston is well on its way to becoming a thriving waterfront city for generations to come.