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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    D
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Roxbury is a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts with a population of 48,287. Roxbury is in Suffolk County. Living in Roxbury offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Roxbury there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Roxbury and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Roxbury are above average.
About Roxbury...
Population
48,287

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$428,891
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$998
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    79%
  • Own
    21%
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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
    670.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    18.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    429.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    453.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,765.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    344.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$34,655
National
$55,322
Families with Children
27%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    23%
    13%
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Roxbury Reviews

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For what it's worth, I would say the only thing acceptable about Roxbury is the location itself. You're surrounded by everything. Rather is the grocery store, library, or a bus stop. It's easy to get around. It's quiet around here. Sometimes. I gave my review three stars because violence can happen in this area, but where else doesn't violence happen? It happens everywhere. Most people, specifically people who live in a town, or suburbs get the wrong idea of living within the city of Boston. It's urban living. This isn't the suburbs, so you're going to hear sirens, there's going to be all types of things going on all at once because it is a city. People need to see that Roxbury isn't what the news views it to be and that's "constant shootings". That's not the case. You need to visit the neighborhood yourself and not be judgemental. It's not all bad as some people may put it.
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Roxbury is my home, and has been for most of my life. It is quickly and shamelessly being gentrified! My concern is that if affordable housing goes away, so will the diversity. The houses here reach up to the millions in costs, and rents are way out of control. These things put me a little on edge.

Also, I rated the schools, but my children are not in Boston Public Schools, because they have a record of being very poor. I am also not certain about the job market in Roxbury, because it's been years since I have worked right in my own neighborhood.
I lived here for a year and this area is very convenient! Bus stops, shopping areas and recreational buildings are very close. There is a lot of construction but life is easier since everything is around the corner.