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Bostonians: What did you love most about the city when you first moved here?

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Living here can have it's challenges but we also know that there’s a lot of good that comes with living in Boston.
Living here can have it's challenges, but we also know that there’s a lot of good that comes with living in Boston. John Tlumacki

With fall fast approaching and the moving season in full swing, many Boston residents are marking another year here, reminiscing about how this city turned into their adopted home. 

Recent census data show that the city’s population has grown by more than 58,0oo people, up from 617,594 in 2010 to 675,647. Boston has grown 9.4 percent in the past decade, and part of that population increase was driven by newcomers who stayed. 

The first months in a new city can be a difficult transition until you find the thing that makes you love it. It can be easy to complain about the T, Boston drivers, or the rent prices, but there are also reasons why so many people are flocking to this city and staying. A place with diverse neighborhoods and many things to do, Boston is going to have a different draw for every person. If you moved here and now consider yourself a Bostonian, we want to know the things that first drew you in and what you still love to do today.

We recently asked readers what they thought was the hardest part about being a newcomer to the city, but we also know there’s a lot of good about living in Boston. We want to hear what readers think is the best thing about living in this city. 

Whether you’ve been here for just a couple of years or been in the city for decades, we want to know what about Boston you’d brag about to newcomers. Do you find yourself loving the city for its sports culture, museums and historical sites, or food? Help us put together a guide for new Bostonians by telling us what you loved about the city when you first moved here by filling out the survey below or e-mailing us at [email protected]. Your responses may be featured in a future article.

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