These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Boston, MA For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Boston are the best of the best.

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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:

  1. Back Bay-Beacon Hill (Homes)
  2. Central (Homes)
  3. West Roxbury (Homes)
  4. Charlestown (Homes)
  5. South End (Homes)
  6. South Dorchester (Homes)
  7. South Boston (Homes)
  8. Jamaica Plain (Homes)
  9. Roslindale (Homes)
  10. 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

Population: 28,472
Median Income: $89,036
Median Home Value: $690,728

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2. Central

Population: 32,335
Median Income: $88,233
Median Home Value: $495,250

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3. West Roxbury

Population: 32,318
Median Income: $89,072
Median Home Value: $382,652

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4. Charlestown

Population: 16,916
Median Income: $88,581
Median Home Value: $395,300

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5. South End

Population: 33,842
Median Income: $70,286
Median Home Value: $494,278

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6. South Dorchester

Population: 65,577
Median Income: $52,158
Median Home Value: $315,266

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7. South Boston

Population: 36,275
Median Income: $75,794
Median Home Value: $316,521

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8. Jamaica Plain

Population: 44,519
Median Income: $72,222
Median Home Value: $327,286

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9. Roslindale

Population: 35,472
Median Income: $71,782
Median Home Value: $281,449

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10. Hyde Park

Population: 34,381
Median Income: $63,651
Median Home Value: $297,552

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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:

  1. North Dorchester
  2. Mattapan
  3. Fenway-Kenmore

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Boston

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Back Bay-Beacon Hill 28,472 $690,728 1,143 3.5%
2 Central 32,335 $495,250 1,143 4.4%
3 West Roxbury 32,318 $382,652 2,311 4.5%
4 Charlestown 16,916 $395,300 1,584 4.4%
5 South End 33,842 $494,278 1,371 6.6%
6 South Dorchester 65,577 $315,266 3,323 10.4%
7 South Boston 36,275 $316,521 2,479 4.9%
8 Jamaica Plain 44,519 $327,286 2,607 5.9%
9 Roslindale 35,472 $281,449 3,174 6.7%
10 Hyde Park 34,381 $297,552 3,284 7.9%
11 Allston-Brighton 64,061 $292,216 3,215 4.4%
12 East Boston 41,683 $255,072 3,478 8.1%
13 Roxbury 61,727 $288,077 3,658 10.7%
14 Fenway-Kenmore 38,161 $270,562 3,352 5.9%
15 Mattapan 37,166 $234,000 3,904 11.3%
16 North Dorchester 26,867 $303,227 3,340 7.0%

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