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Overview of Burlington

Burlington is the ideal Massachusetts community for those seeking a town with rural charm, easy access to the state highway system and close proximity to Boston. It's easy to see why this growing community attracts new residents and has become a successful town in Northern Massachusetts.

Those interested in relocating to the area will find that the community has a variety of housing options, and Burlington apartments for rent can be found in different neighborhoods across the town.

Living in Burlington, MA

Like much of the East Coast, Burlington's history dates far back into the early days of settlers in America. The area is thought to have been visited first by Europeans in 1621. They settled in the area, and the local population grew steadily. Burlington officially separated from other communities nearby and was incorporated in 1799.

There has been much speculation surrounding the choice of the name Burlington for the new town. The area had been called Shawsin, the Native American name for the area, which may have been a more logical choice. Locals have debated the origin of the town's name, but no substantial evidence has been discovered to pinpoint a reason behind it. Whatever the history of Burlington's name, locals are proud of their hometown and love to wonder about its origination.

Burlington has a population of about 24,500 residents. The small community has grown since its early colonial beginnings, but retains its unique small-town charm and quaint atmosphere.

Burlington Work and Study

Some Burlington residents choose to attend Bay Path College, which has a branch located in town. This university offers programs for women who wish to obtain their undergraduate degree, or graduate degree paths for both sexes. The Burlington campus offers students flexible learning options. With its impressive history dating back to 1897, it is an established school that builds on its past. Students who don't mind a short commute can attend Northeastern University in nearby Boston. With a variety of degree options in addition to a vibrant campus life, Northeastern is an institution that combines classroom learning with the traditional college experience. Boston University is another option for those who want to earn their degree from a large school with a diverse student body and a variety of degree programs.

Because Burlington is so close to Boston, it is an ideal commuter suburb. Many residents find employment in Boston with organizations such as Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston University, Children's Hospital and Liberty Mutual Holding Company.

Rentals in Burlington, MA, and Cost of Living

Most residents in search of Burlington apartments can expect to pay rent that is somewhere between $1,500 and $2,000 per month. The median gross monthly rent in the town is $1,586, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Burlington residents who commute to Boston for work may find Burlington's suburban charm and close proximity to the city are worth the cost of living.

Burlington Attractions and Special Events

Some of Burlington's most popular attractions surround its long history. The Marion Tavern at Grand View Farm is an architectural gem in the area. It is the only remaining connected farm complex built in the 19th century in the area. The property's name is believed to be derived from the "grand view" the farm had of the White Mountains.

Outdoor lovers will find the Landlocked Forest is a great place to get out and explore nature. With trails to hike, wildlife to watch and a new boardwalk to wander, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Some may even find arrowheads during their time here, as Native Americans occupied the area before European settlers came and developed the land. Discovering Burlington's history deep in the forest with friends and family or on a solo trek - either way you're bound to have a good time.

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