Brookline is an affluent town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, in the United States, and part of the Boston metropolitan area. Brookline borders six of Boston's neighborhoods: Brighton, Allston, Fenway–Kenmore, Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, and West Roxbury. The city of Newton lies to the west of Brookline.
As of 2019, the population of the town was 59,180 based on Census Bureau estimates. It is the most populous municipality in Massachusetts to have a town (rather than city) form of government.
In its 2020 list of best places to live, Niche, the ranking and review website, placed Brookline as the best place to live in Massachusetts and the 10th in America.
Brookline was first settled in 1638 as a hamlet in Boston; it was incorporated as a separate town in 1705.
Brookline was the birthplace and hometown of John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States.
Once part of Algonquian territory, Brookline was first settled by European colonists in the early 17th century. The area was an outlying part of the colonial settlement of Boston and known as the hamlet of Muddy River. In 1705, it was incorporated as the independent town of Brookline.