South Boston

Residents revel in the residential vibes, with tree-shaded streets, parks, and green spaces.

Welcome to South Boston

Urban Charm and Coastal Vibes
Welcome to the vibrant neighborhood of South Boston, a dynamic blend of urban charm, community warmth, and coastal elegance that beckons residents with its sociable atmosphere and bustling energy. Residents revel in the residential vibes, with tree-shaded streets, parks, and green spaces, while still enjoying convenient access to the big-city life of Downtown Boston, the South End, and the Seaport District. The neighborhood is poised for exciting developments with projects like The Edison Project, Washington Village, and Pappas Way, ensuring that South Boston continues to evolve while maintaining its unique character.

What to Love

  • Strong Community Spirit: South Boston is a close-knit community where neighbors become friends. Enjoy a neighborly vibe as you stroll through the streets, fostering a sense of camaraderie that defines Southie living.
  • Convenient Lifestyle: Everything you need is at your doorstep. From grocery stores to farmers' markets, yoga studios to gyms, and private to public schools, South Boston offers various amenities that cater to all lifestyles. Residents have easy access to the endless energy of Boston.
  • Beautiful Shoreline: M Street Beach comes alive in the summertime, offering a picturesque backdrop for runs and leisurely walks. Castle Island, a local gem, remains a year-round destination for waterfront enjoyment.
  • Fantastic Schools: Young families have flocked to the area due to the exceptional schools, including Perry Elementary School, South Boston Catholic Academy, and St. Peter Academy.
  • Accessible and Vibrant: With quick access to Downtown via public transit, including buses and the MBTA subway (“the T”), the neighborhood is full of life, especially in the evenings. Quick public transportation makes commuting easy for work or adventures. Explore the buzzing bars and restaurants, creating an exciting nightlife scene.
  • Recreation Galore: South Boston is home to various parks and green spaces, with many featuring tennis and basketball courts, baseball and softball fields, walking paths, playgrounds, soccer fields, and picnic spaces. The neighborhood is also home to several dog parks for your fuzzy best friends.

Local Lifestyle

South Boston's lifestyle is defined by a perfect blend of urban energy and coastal leisure. It offers a tranquil, close-knit residential atmosphere with easy access to the Seaport District, Downtown Boston, and the South End. Experience the joy of community events, impromptu gatherings at local hotspots, and the freedom to explore the historic streets, all while enjoying the presence of the ocean.

Dining and Shopping

Located in the heart of South Boston, Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant is a chic American tavern offering a diverse menu of comfort food with a modern twist — plus creative cocktails. As a vibrant Baja-style Mexican eatery, Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bay captures the essence of South Boston's energy.
A local hotspot, The Broadway is a contemporary American restaurant known for its creative dishes and craft cocktails. Its trendy setting and excellent menu cater to South Boston's dynamic diners. Another beloved institution, Sullivan's Castle Island, is a classic beachside eatery that has been serving seafood and comfort food since 1951. With its iconic brick facade, Sullivan's captures the essence of South Boston's coastal charm.
For inventive Italian-inspired dishes and a welcoming atmosphere, look no further than Bar Volpe, Capo Restaurant & Supper Club, or Fox & the Knife. A gourmet market and specialty grocery store, American Provisions caters to South Boston's discerning food enthusiasts. With its curated selection of fine cheeses, local produce, and artisanal products, it's a haven for those in pursuit of culinary delights.
A gastropub with character, Local 149 offers a great menu and a selection of craft beers. Meanwhile, Petula's delights South Boston residents with its menu of small plates, house salads, Mediterranean bowls, and more. If it’s pastries, coffee, cupcakes, or coffee you seek, head to Annie’s Bakery + Cafe.
For retail therapy, head to The Point Clothing Lounge to find everything from jackets and sneakers to scarves and swimwear. Don’t miss Lovechild for a creative offering of wine, spirits, unique gifts, and more. A chic boutique, Luxe Leisure caters to South Boston's fashion-forward residents with its curated selection of clothing and accessories. A stylish consignment store, Covet brings a touch of elegance to South Boston's retail landscape. Finally, the beloved Stapleton Floral promises beautiful bouquets and flower arrangements for those special occasions.

Entertainment and Things to Do

South Boston offers an array of coastal escapes and entertainment options. Steeped in history, Castle Island is a picturesque waterfront park with the iconic Fort Independence as its centerpiece. A favorite for locals, it offers walking trails, green spaces, and panoramic views of Boston Harbor, making it an ideal spot for a leisurely day out.
As a tribute to the nation's heroes, Medal of Honor Park provides South Boston residents with a beautifully landscaped recreational space. With its sports facilities, playgrounds, and walking paths, the park is a vibrant community hub for outdoor activities and gatherings.
Nestled atop Dorchester Heights, Thomas Park provides a serene escape with its tree-lined paths and stunning vistas. This elevated park offers a peaceful retreat, making it a cherished spot for residents to unwind while enjoying sweeping views of the Boston skyline.
A sandy oasis along the shoreline, M Street Beach invites sun-seekers and beach enthusiasts to its glorious shores. With views of the Boston Harbor Islands and a relaxed atmosphere, it's a popular destination to soak up the sun, take a refreshing dip, or enjoy a leisurely seaside stroll.
Boasting a long stretch of sandy shores, Carson Beach is a beloved destination for both recreation and relaxation. Offering picturesque views of Boston's skyline, it's a go-to spot for beachgoers and joggers, providing a coastal haven within the bustling city.
An annual celebration of community spirit, the South Boston Street Festival brings vibrancy to the streets. Packed with local vendors, live performances, great food, and fun-filled activities, the festival fosters a sense of togetherness and showcases the dynamic character of South Boston.


  • South Boston Catholic Academy
  • St. Peter Academy
  • Perry Elementary School

Overview for South Boston, MA

35,266 people live in South Boston, where the median age is 32.3 and the average individual income is $76,469. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for South Boston, MA

South Boston has 16,799 households, with an average household size of 2.08. 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. 35,266 people call South Boston home. The population density is 17,138.68 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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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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South Boston Catholic Academy
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Perry Elementary School
PreK - 6th
9th - 12th
No rating available
UP Academy Charter School of Boston
6th - 8th
PreK - 6th
Perkins Elementary School
PreK - 6th
Boston Collaborative High School
9th - 12th
No rating available
PreK - 8th
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