Charlestown

Welcome to Charlestown

A historical town with lots of charm and character
 
Charlestown is a historic Boston neighborhood located along the Boston Harbor and the Mystic River. The historic Freedom Trail winds through its streets, lined with triple-decker homes and brick townhouses. While it is part of the greater Boston area, Charlestown boasts a small-town feel. An incredible array of activities, shops, and restaurants are nestled in its bustling downtown area. The community of Charlestown is strong and still pays homage to its working-class Irish roots.
 
There are a variety of home options in Charlestown, from luxury condominiums and townhomes to single-family homes and newly-constructed properties. The architecture in the area is mainly historical, but many properties have undergone updates to include luxury amenities. 
 

What to Love

  • Small-town feel steeped in history
  • Just minutes from Boston and the Boston Logan International Airport
  • Beautiful views of the Boston Harbor

Local Lifestyle

Charlestown is hip and charming but still retains its historical character from bygone eras. Much of the architecture and city planning is preserved, allowing residents to step back in time and appreciate the colonial nature of the city. Locals are active community members, patronizing nearby eateries and retail spaces, attending local festivals and events, and exploring natural green spaces and parks. Charlestown’s central location close to Boston’s city center attracts families seeking a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life, young professionals who can easily commute for work, and retirees looking to enjoy a plethora of amenities. 
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

There are many great locally-owned options for dining and shopping in Charlestown. Waverly Kitchen and Bar is a New American restaurant boasting the perfect rustic atmosphere. The restaurant has a warm and welcoming vibe with soft lighting, friendly service, and a rich wood interior. Monument Charlestown Restaurant and Tavern is another classic and elegant restaurant in the area. Inside a beautiful brick and wood interior, the restaurant serves classic wood-fired pizza, gastropub options, and a full bar menu. 
 
For a taste of history, residents can stop by Warren Tavern. This bar was known to be a local haunt of Paul Revere and has served patrons since 1780. This historical venue’s expansive drink menu and classic pub fare are not to be missed.
 
Brewer’s Fork is another upscale option for pizza and craft beer. Set in a stunning brick building with rustic, stylish decor, the restaurant is famous for its wood-fired pizza and creative brews.
 

Things to Do

Charlestown is filled with historical and educational things to do, as well as lots of green space to enjoy the outdoors and the sparkling harbor. Bunker Hill Monument is a 221-foot granite sculpture commemorating the Battle of Bunker Hill. Visitors can walk the 294 steps to the top for sweeping views of Boston and the Boston Harbor. The park also features a green space with benches. The Freedom Trail starts in downtown Boston and winds its way to Charlestown to the Bunker Hill Monument. The trail is marked by bricks and follows a swath of significant historic sites from the Revolutionary War. 
 
Residents and visitors love visiting the U.S.S. Constitution, a renowned warship and museum located in Charlestown. Built in 1797, the ship is open for the public to explore and learn more about America’s naval history. For more educational experiences, Charlestown Naval Shipyard Park I is located nearby and features a beautiful green space for residents to enjoy. Well-maintained landscaping, intricate monuments, and views of the Harbor make this stunning space ideal for picnic lunches and memorable moments in nature. 
 

Schools

Charlestown is served by Boston Public Schools, as well as several high-excelling private options. 
 
 
 

Overview for Charlestown, MA

20,504 people live in Charlestown, where the median age is 35.8 and the average individual income is $77,481. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

20,504

Total Population

35.8 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$77,481

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Charlestown, MA

Charlestown has 9,390 households, with an average household size of 2.17. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Charlestown do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 20,504 people call Charlestown home. The population density is 11,163.11 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

20,504

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

35.8

Median Age

47.64 / 52.36%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
9,390

Total Households

2.17

Average Household Size

$77,481

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Marital Status

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Single
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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Charlestown, MA

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The following schools are within or nearby Charlestown. 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.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Clarence R Edwards Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
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