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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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Charlestown is a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts with a population of 18,901. Charlestown is in Suffolk County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Charlestown offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Charlestown there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Charlestown and residents tend to be liberal.
About Charlestown...
Population
18,901

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$523,805
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,457
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    138.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    99.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    132.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,306.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    132.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$95,691
National
$55,322
Families with Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    31%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    12%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%
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Charlestown has a wonderful location in relation to downtown Boston. It has a Whole Foods for health food and it has waterfront sites which are beautiful. A large portion, specifically near Bunker Hill, is extremely rich, seemingly isolated and not very diverse; it's a lot of rich white folk. While I myself am white, the million dollar houses are a lavish unneccesity. Regardless, Bunker Hill is a beautiful area, probably because of the money. The juxtaposition between the rich and the poor is interesting as well, as the rich practically live on top of the poor. Since they live at the top of the hill it is indeed quite literal as well. All in all Charlestown is a wonderful example of the dichotomous, privative culture that we live in with a mixture of beauty and ugliness that is almost poetic.
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Charlestown is a wonderful place to live. There are beautiful homes and delicious restaurants. I love the historical feel here, cobblestone roads and old gas lamps. The views of the city skyline are amazing from the any roofdeck or from Bunker Hill. The people here are friendly. I always feel safe here. The best part of Charlestown in my opnion is the location. You can walk to so many different areas of Boston and its close proximity to 93 makes it easy to travel outside the city. I plan to be here for a long time.
I live in the Navy Yard with a panoramic view of the city. Lovely. Nice, gentrifying (sp?) neighborhood: no longer is Charlestown the city of Ben Affleck's bank robberies, nor is Boston Whitey Bulger's town anymore. It is educated (Harvard, MIT, etc), cultured, exciting, active ... skiing, rowing, running (marathon), sailing; Logan airport is a quick hop away. Winters are hard, though; gotta deal with it.