Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Boston, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.
Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Boston neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Boston are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.
Here are the best neighborhoods in Boston for 2018:
- Back Bay-Beacon Hill (Homes)
- Central (Homes)
- West Roxbury (Homes)
- Charlestown (Homes)
- South End (Homes)
- South Dorchester (Homes)
- South Boston (Homes)
- Jamaica Plain (Homes)
- Roslindale (Homes)
- Hyde Park (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Boston that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Boston.
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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Boston for 2018?
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Boston, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.
Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 16 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Boston.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Back Bay-Beacon Hill.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Boston has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
1. Back Bay-Beacon Hill
Median Income: $89,036
Median Home Value: $690,728
Median Income: $88,233
Median Home Value: $495,250
3. West Roxbury
Median Income: $89,072
Median Home Value: $382,652
Median Income: $88,581
Median Home Value: $395,300
5. South End
Median Income: $70,286
Median Home Value: $494,278
6. South Dorchester
Median Income: $52,158
Median Home Value: $315,266
7. South Boston
Median Income: $75,794
Median Home Value: $316,521
8. Jamaica Plain
Median Income: $72,222
Median Home Value: $327,286
Median Income: $71,782
Median Home Value: $281,449
10. Hyde Park
Median Income: $63,651
Median Home Value: $297,552
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Boston
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Boston where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Boston:
- North Dorchester
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Boston
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