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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B-
Mattapan is a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts with a population of 22,592. Mattapan is in Suffolk County. Living in Mattapan offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Mattapan there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in Mattapan and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Mattapan are above average.
About Mattapan...
Population
22,592

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$385,780
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,483
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    60%
  • Own
    40%
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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
    444.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    18.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    263.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    343.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    976.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    267.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$55,561
National
$55,322
Families with Children
30%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%
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Mattapan Reviews

55 reviews
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It needs a lot of work. The conditions are poor in many parts, life is harder and the people struggle more. Transportation is okay however, even the MBTA station locations put us at risk as Mattapan has a high crime rate. The supermarkets are limited and there are mostly convenience stores and liquor stores leaving us with a higher percentage of food insecurity within the population. We need to do better!
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Many people view Mattapan as a very "ghetto" neighborhood in Boston, when that really is not the case. I believe not all parts of this neighborhood are, "dirty," "dangerous," "loud," or "violent." Mattapan is like any another place in the world, some places are safe while others are not the safest.

I live in the area that is closer to Milton and I believe the scenery is nice with the really nice houses, and the convenience of it. You got the bus stops, and trolley, many food places to go, beauty store, dental, gym, eblens and etc.

So, I would just like to say that it truly depends on what part of Mattapan you are in, because there are some stunning houses and apartments to live in where you can feel safe (more in the areas by Milton and little by Ryan Playground)
I’ve lived in Mattapan all my life and I couldn’t think of a better area for me to grow up. Access to public transportation is just steps away, and playgrounds and trails are at our fingertips. This made it nearly impossible to be bored. I could hop on the trolley and find my way in the heart of downtown Boston. Or take a walk on the trail and end up lost in the nature that surrounds us. I was able to experience the best of both worlds, by being connected to the city but not stuck in the middle of it.