Boston (magazine)

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February 2006 issue
EditorChris Vogel
PublisherMetrocorp Publishing
Total circulation
CountryUnited States
Based inHorticultural Hall
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is a monthly magazine concerning life in the Greater Boston area and has been in publication since 1805.[2]


Boston magazine was started in 1805.[2][3]

The magazine is owned by Metrocorp Publishing, a Philadelphia-based publishing company, that acquired the magazine in 1970.[4] The company also owns Philadelphia magazine.[5] The magazine claims a publication of 500,000 issues per month, its percentage of newsstand copies sold is among the highest of any magazine of any kind in the United States, and it has been named among the best city magazines in the nation nine times in the last ten years by the City and Regional Magazine Association.[6]

Former editors-in-chief include Carly Carioli, John Wolfson, and Andrew Putz.[5]

In May 2015, Boston magazine was awarded by the City and Regional Magazine Association.[5]

Best of Boston[edit]

"Best of Boston" is an award given by Boston magazine in an annual issue which is "the definitive guide to the city’s finest". It was first awarded in 1974.[7]

This award is given in various categories that vary from year-to-year. Recent awards include best clam chowder, cookware, day spa, gym, jewelry store, martini, mojito, pizza topping, shiatsu, teeth whitening, thai food, and many more.

Many area businesses display these awards proudly in the form of a certificate or by using the award logo on company materials, store windows, and advertising. Along with the annual awards, Boston magazine also runs feature articles intended to quantify local resources, such as "Top Schools", "Top Restaurants", and "Top Doctors".

Ancillary publications[edit]

Boston magazine produces several ancillary publications:

  • Boston Home is a quarterly publication geared towards readers interested in high-end interior design, home decor, and architecture.
  • Boston Weddings is an annual publication for wedding planners and brides-to-be.

Business relationships[edit]


  1. ^ "Total Circ - Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. June 2016. Archived from the original on January 23, 2017. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Boston by Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce". WorldCat. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  3. ^ Paul Lewis (April 5, 2016). The Citizen Poets of Boston: A Collection of Forgotten Poems, 1789-1820. University Press of New England. p. 223. ISBN 978-1-61168-930-3. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  4. ^ David L. Harris (December 26, 2017). "Owner of Boston magazine dies at 88". Boston Business Journal. Archived from the original on January 16, 2022. Retrieved May 4, 2020. Lipson purchased Boston magazine in 1970.
  5. ^ a b c David L. Harris (December 23, 2015). "Another Boston magazine editor-in-chief out after short tenure". Boston Business Journal. Archived from the original on January 16, 2022. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  6. ^ "About Boston". Boston. via Internet Archive.
  7. ^ Dirk Smillie (August 27, 2009). "Urban Strongholds Resist Magazine Slump". Forbes. Archived from the original on July 27, 2020. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  8. ^ a b c "Boston masthead". Boston Magazine. Archived from the original on November 11, 2006.
  9. ^ "Metrocorp and Philadelphia Magazine Announce Change in Organizational Leadership". PR Newswire. April 22, 2003. Archived from the original on February 6, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2017.

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