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  1. Public Schools
    C
  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 27,582. Mattapan is in Suffolk County. Living in Mattapan offers residents an urban 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.
About Mattapan...
Population
27,582

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$323,537
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,316
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    61%
  • Own
    39%
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Mattapan Rankings

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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
$48,297
National
$55,322
Families with Children
30%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%
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Mattapan Reviews

47 reviews
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To start off with the bad, it’s not a safe neighborhood. It’s pretty poor and starting it’s process in gentrification. My home was robbed twice by strangers, and growing up, I’ve seen some tragedies here. As for the good, I love y’all the rich culture of black, Haitian, and Latino people around. While it’s not a safe area, people are always out and about. There’s always familiar faces and the people just don’t seem to ever change. This is the place I grew up in and the place I am somewhat drawn too. While the violence needs to end, the culture and people should remain. Gentrification has played a big role in our Boston neighborhoods, kicking out the good people who can no longer afford to live there. It’s understandable why certain neighborhoods in Boston seem to be “bad.” If we had resource and equality, we too could become better neighborhoods.
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I have lived in Mattapan for my entire life and have seen the various pros and cons in my neighborhood. While Mattapan is not the best, it is not the worst place to live. The people can be nice and humble. We have had an increase of shops lately which is more convenient, and the restaurants are pretty good. I do think that the job opportunities in Mattapan are an issue, it is very hard to find work in this area. As a resident here, I can say that finding work is a huge struggle, especially if you are an individual who does not stand out.
Knowing that I live in the exact same house that my mother grew up in, I've learned to appreciate my neighborhood. Although it isn't the most safe, I have came to realize that this is a part of who I am. Moving to a different neighborhood will not take away from the things that I have seen and experienced. I would love for my community to come together and be a lot more safe. A few months ago, my uncle was shot and killed near my home, and I repeat the night over and over in my head. I just ask myself why does it have to be this way. But I realize that it takes a few young leaders to stand up and fight for change. I know I haven't had the best experiences, but I do have a place to lay my head at night, and food to eat, so the good does out weight the bad.