Boston: The Details

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City Population 574,283

Total Skiable Acreage in a 25-mile radius 250

Ski Areas Within 55 MilesBlue Hills 15-mile drive; 60 skiable acres; 309-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $23; season pass, $385. Ski Bradford 31-mile drive; 48 skiable acres; 248-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $25; season pass, $500. Nashoba 25-mile drive; 59 skiable acres; 240-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $29; season pass, $500. Ski Ward 30-mile drive; 10 skiable acres; 200-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $25; season pass, $325. Wachusett 52-mile drive; 105 skiable acres; 1,000-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $39; season pass, $619.

Big Areas Within 150 MilesMt. Snow, Vt. 127-mile drive; 769 skiable acres; 1,700-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $52; season pass, $1,249; Waterville Valley, N.H. 130-mile drive; 268 skiable acres; 2,020 vertical drop; lift ticket, $49; season pass, $449; Loon, N.H. 130-mile drive; 275 skiable acres; 2,100-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $49; season pass, $329; Cannon Mountain, N.H. 130-mile drive; 275 skiable acres; 2,146-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $42; season pass, $730.

Best On-Slope Event Wachusett's race league draws 120 participants nightly.

Average Annual Income $31,207

Unemployment Rate 3.4 percent

Median Price of a 2,000-Square-Foot Home varies substantially from suburb to suburb: $179,000 to $400,000

Tax Rates Property, 5 percent; income, 5.95 percent; sales, 5 percent

Cool Ski Fact Nashoba has more instructors¿250¿than Killington, Vt.

For Information on relocating to Boston, visit www.boston.com.