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:
- Back Bay-Beacon Hill
- South End
- West Roxbury
- South Boston
- Jamaica Plain
Read on to see how we determined the places around Boston that deserve a little bragging rights. Would you rather live outside of the city? Check out the best suburbs around Boston.
How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Boston?
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
Population: 27,566Median Home Price: $751,420
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,346
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Population: 31,378Median Home Price: $633,500
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,346
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Population: 16,169Median Home Price: $496,786
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,442
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
4. South End
Population: 32,055Median Home Price: $557,308
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,496
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
5. West Roxbury
Population: 30,490Median Home Price: $422,744
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,456
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Population: 67,107Median Home Price: $389,498
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,290
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
7. South Boston
Population: 34,214Median Home Price: $393,110
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,635
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
8. Jamaica Plain
Population: 42,359Median Home Price: $405,008
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,802
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Population: 38,680Median Home Price: $438,935
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,347
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Population: 33,721Median Home Price: $378,056
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,332
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
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:
- East Boston
For more reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Massachusetts
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Massachusetts
- These Are The 10 Most Boring Places In Massachusetts
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Boston
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