Grew up in LA, moved to Columbus, Ohio and I'm currently in Boston. Boston is terrible. Transportation closes down around 1. Bars at 2. It's a conservative city with almost nothing very interesting to do. Food isn't that great unless you pay a lot. It has some charm as far as history goes, but that's about it. A lot of students (almost a 1/3 of the population). The winters are horrendous. I'm waiting until I graduate and then I'm immediately moving to San Francisco. The weather, the people, the food, etc is far better from my frequent visits there. The above poster was right about Boston people being angry at being irrelevant. It's a city where no one wants to be. You'd rather be in New York or on the other coast is what the consensus is from my friends here.