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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Charlestown is a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts with a population of 16,303. 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. The public schools in Charlestown are above average.
About Charlestown...
Population
16,303

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$712,111
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,646
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    46%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
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
$116,783
National
$55,322
Families with Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    34%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    11%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
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Charlestown is a pretty small place. Everyone is connected to each other in their own ways. The only downside of this neighborhood is how we're divided into 3 sections of living based on income. The Bunker Hill and Navy Yard areas are known as the rich part of Charlestown. The projects are known for being old and for low-income families. Lastly, there's the area known as the new town where people on the higher end of low-income families live. As much as we are all connected, we are just as divided. I can speak from experience that the "new town" kids all know each other because we all grew up together in the same neighborhood. We share many mutual friends since there are only 5 places that helped built our childhood - the baseball field, track and football field, Old Ironsides and Old Landing Park, and the garden. We're connected with each other based on childhood experiences, but separated by family income. Families always show support to those around them. It's a loving atmosphere.
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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.
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.