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Boston
Boston
Massachusetts
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Member of the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities

Making Boston Age Friendly: The Age-Friendly Boston project works with the City’s public agencies, businesses, cultural, educational, and religious institutions, and community groups

“We are dedicated to making Boston the best city in the world for older adults. We keep this goal in mind with every planning effort we embark on, and we share a responsibility to ensure opportunities reach everyone in our City, across all ages and abilities.”

What is the Age Friendly Action Plan?
What does it mean to be an age-friendly city? It means a city that adapts its structures and services to be accessible and inclusive to residents of all ages and abilities. The Age-Friendly Boston Action Plan is our City’s blueprint to make Boston the best city to live and age in. The plan details 75 concrete action items the City will take to become even more age friendly.

Intersecting Initiatives
The Age-Friendly Action Plan is part of comprehensive planning efforts on the part of the City and will be integrated into the other processes. These plans are re-enforcing and reflecting each other where there is synergy.

Our Philosophy and Process
The age-friendly process has been a grassroots effort and a bottom-up approach. Our action items came directly out of the diverse voices from Boston’s neighborhoods, ages 50 and over. Since this is a three-year Action Plan, we have included action items that we are confident can be completed within this time with interdepartmental support and community partners. We will continue to refine and build on other ideas generated through this process.

ContactsEmily Shea, Commissioner on Elder Affairs
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 20108
617-635-4366
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How did Massachusetts earn the grade of C? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Massachusetts has a state sales tax of 6.25%. Of particular interest is that Massachusetts does not have taxes on social security. There are estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Massachusetts has an effective property tax rate of 1.21%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Massachusetts earned its state tax grade of C.

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we have been here for 30 + years the neighborhood is just starting to change to a younger family neighborhood small school and young families are moving in close to the major high way and lots of shopping

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Flat area with no obstacles along the parth. Easy access to transport n shops. People in this area are friendly n helpful. Close to park with great water views

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Rural country living great water front lake homes party's all the time drinking

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My town is small and historical. I've lived here most of my adult life and my 3 kids grew up and went to school here. Very expensive to live here but schools are worth it

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Neighborhood has many residents around the same age as myself. As I do, many of them have pets and are seen walking them in the area. Most of them will stop and talk with you. Several of them are available if assistance of some kind is needed.

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Lots of senior housing makes it and friendly. There is a Council on Aging nearby. It provides a brown bag food program for those in need. Police are very responsive.

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conservative values makes it age friendly. we live in an area where the residents care for the property ownership. comprised of muti-generations and backrounds.

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The city has made improvements to safety on sidewalks and crosswalks. The city operates and maintains an active senior center. The city offers low income senior housing

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Not a lot of sidewalks to walk for elderly. Friendlier for younger families. No public transportation.so one has to drive everywhere. Small downtown area.

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Small town living is always welcoming for all. I dont think there is anywhere in this town that would discriminate either of elderly people or young adults or children

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Taxes

C

How did Massachusetts earn the grade of C? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Massachusetts has a state sales tax of 6.25%. Of particular interest is that Massachusetts does not have taxes on social security. There are estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Massachusetts has an effective property tax rate of 1.21%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Massachusetts earned its state tax grade of C.

Learn more about taxes in Massachusetts

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