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    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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South Boston is a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts with a population of 41,444. South Boston is in Suffolk County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in South Boston offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In South Boston there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in South Boston and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in South Boston are above average.
About South Boston...
Population
41,444

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$481,348
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,580
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    61%
  • Own
    39%
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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
    236
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    155
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    192
    500
  • Theft
    1,080
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    185
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$88,471
National
$55,322
Children
11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    40%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    14%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%
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I moved to South Boston six months ago with my boyfriend, and I love it. Southie has a small town feel to it, but you can also walk or take the train to get anywhere else in the city. I go to Castle Island a lot to go swimming or eat or relax with the view. I'm so glad we moved here!
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The majority of the community is young professionals. There are many new restaurants and shops and lots of new housing in development. Everything is within walking distance if you live in the area with something to do every night. The area used to have a high crime rate but it has changed drastically in recent years and the crime rate has plummeted. There are lots of public transit options if you work in the city and many bike lanes throughout the neighborhood. This is an excellent place to live if you are a young professional, as there is so much to do and it is so close to the city.
Segregation still exists in the neighborhood of South Boston. The only difference is that local law no longer mandates segregation. However, it is very much alive and can be seen by how certain groups of people are localized in specific parts of the neighborhood. De facto segregation is happening in South Boston.