South Boston

There's a wide range of appeal when it comes to homes in this area.

Welcome to South Boston

An up-and-coming community, Boston’s hottest market
South Boston is a traditional neighborhood in Boston, with much to offer. It's recognized for its expansive waterfront and is considered the fastest growing market in terms of price growth and new construction homes. While many of the homes are traditional Boston-style properties, there's also an emerging, more modern trend in new construction here. Newer home developments, along with a growing area of restaurants and shops, makes South Boston attractive to many.
There's a wide range of appeal when it comes to homes in this area. Historic brick homes line some streets. In others, triple-decker properties that have been divided into condos and apartments are also present. There's also the development of modern luxury homes with elevators, concierge services, and parking garages. 

What to Love

  • The easy commute to the downtown Boston.
  • Walks along the waterfront.
  • A strong sense of community pride.

Local Lifestyle

South Boston is an emerging area. While it’s been densely populated for a long time, the community has seen a significant transformation in recent years, with new commercial developments and modern, beautiful homes. There's a distinct divide in the city. The West Side offers larger, newer homes with more modern features. The East Side offers more of the traditional style housing much of Boston is known for, including brownstones.
Yet, the area has a strong community vibe, no matter which side residents live on. It’s easy enough to walk along the water or in one of the parks and feel welcomed and right at home. At the same time, sophisticated and elegant dining and restaurants help create a more modern vibe.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

South Boston features numerous dining establishments, perhaps most noted for Fox & The Knife, a traditional Italian destination for handmade food and good drinks. The Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant is a true American tavern, right down to the wood-flanked rooms. Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar is a funky neighborhood establishment and the ideal place for nightlife. Or, for those looking for sushi with their cocktails, check out Fat Baby. The Broadway is a notable bar with comfort food on Broadway. Consider Publico Street Bistro & Garden with its weekend brunch and bistro atmosphere for more modern fares.
The city is home to numerous shopping areas, many of which are locally owned, like Neatly Nested, the perfect location for unique gifts and home décor. Sweet Cee’s Shops on Main is another place to buy a special gift. Distinct Impressions and Southern Frills Clothing Boutique are fabulous shops for clothing.

Things to Do

Many people take to Castle Island on the weekends for its fantastic beaches and history. It's home to Fort Independence and a great place to visit if you want to brush up on this unique bit of Boston’s past.
Other outdoor experiences include Telegraph Hill and M Street Beach. Telegraph Hill is a historic neighborhood with beautiful architecture that got its name for being a lookout during various times of strife. M Street Beach allows for swimming, picnicking, and sunbathing. For more of a local playground and park, check out Medal of Honor Park.
It’s impossible not to note the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that travels through the city each March. It’s a day celebrated by most of the city, often leading to music, laughing, and a green beer or two.


South Boston students are served by Boston Public Schools. Some of the schools located here include Excel High School, Joseph P. Tynan Elementary, James Condon Elementary, and Oliver Hazard Perry. In private schools, South Boston Catholic Academy is one of the larger schools here, along with Gates of Heaven Elementary and Saint Peter's Academy.
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Overview for South Boston, MA

27,168 people live in South Boston, where the median age is 38 and the average individual income is $104,221. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

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Demographics and Employment Data for South Boston, MA

South Boston has 14,321 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in South Boston do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 27,168 people call South Boston home. The population density is 42,037.506 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.77 / 51.23%

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Around South Boston, MA

There's plenty to do around South Boston, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Walker's Paradise
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Bake & Bloom, The VU, and Ouimillie.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 3.51 miles 15 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 2.53 miles 35 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.27 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.58 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.31 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.95 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

Schools in South Boston, MA

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The following schools are within or nearby South Boston. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Cathedral High School
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