South Boston

Welcome to South Boston

An urban oasis with history and charm near the beach
South Boston, or “Southie” as residents lovingly refer to it, is a historical Irish-American neighborhood set in Boston, Massachusetts. South Boston has a rich heritage and is a dense residential neighborhood filled with Irish-American influence and a long history of hosting the working class. Classic brownstone architecture lines the streets with beautiful brick faces and ornate windows. 
Residents love the great coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and classic diners filling South Boston's streets. There are also many parks and lovely waterfront areas at Carson Beach and Castle Island. South Boston offers the best of urban living but with the beauty of the ocean right around the corner.
South Boston is just a few steps away from downtown Boston. Connected by bike paths, public transit, or car, it’s easy to find yourself in the Financial District or Seaport in minutes when you live in South Boston. South Boston is also just a few minutes' drive from the Boston Logan International Airport and the Amtrak Station at South Station.

What to Love

  • Easy access to beachfront parks
  • A rich history and historical architecture
  • Lots of restaurants and bars
  • A great location close to downtown Boston

Local Lifestyle

South Boston living is authentic and historical, yet rich in luxury amenities. The homes are classic and carry on the beautiful tradition of brownstone homes in Boston and are renovated to include luxury amenities. In addition to the classic New England diners, there are also high-end, upscale restaurants. It’s the perfect blend of old and new that honors Irish-American traditions while embracing luxury and renovation.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

South Boston has many excellent dining options, from classic Irish pubs and diners to high-end international fare. Publico Street Bistro and Garden offers a Latin-inspired menu with creative cocktails. The centerpiece is a stunning atrium garden that surrounds the bar. Fat Baby serves Pan-Asian fare in a stylish and hip dining room. With an industrial feel, Fat Baby has a modern take on Japanese decor with Geisha murals and a copper top bar.
The Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant elevates the classic pub ambiance to luxury. With a hip interior, the bar serves a wide selection of beer, wine, and creative cocktails. The unique drinks complement a New American menu. Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar has a rustic yet upscale interior with a stylish vibe. Serving Mexican dishes with a creative flare, the establishment boasts a menu focused on creating delicious seafood entrees with fresh ingredients.

Things to Do

South Boston is located minutes from all Boston has to offer, as well as the surrounding areas of the White Mountains and Cape Cod. There are also many options to enjoy the neighborhood near home. 
Castle Island is a state park and the site of Fort Independence. Visitors can tour the fort in the summer and explore the walking trails and the public beach. Castle Island is also the perfect spot to enjoy views of the Harbor and downtown Boston skyline.
Carson Beach is one of several beaches in South Boston located along the Old Harbor. Carson Beach is a popular spot in the summer, largely due to its swimming, sunbathing, and outdoor recreation opportunities.
Dorchester Heights is one of the most important Revolutionary War memorials in Boston. With historical graves and a tower that is accessible to climb, there’s lots of history to be found in this park.
In winter, strap on your skates and visit the Murphy Memorial Skating Rink. The skating rink offers public skate times, lessons, and practice time for hockey teams. It also features a restaurant serving Boston classics when you need a break from the ice.


South Boston is served by Boston Public Schools and is also home to many private options.

Overview for South Boston, MA

36,941 people live in South Boston, where the median age is 32.2 and the average individual income is $69,140. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

32.2 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for South Boston, MA

South Boston has 17,109 households, with an average household size of 2.14. 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. 36,941 people call South Boston home. The population density is 14,009.25 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Median Age

48.26 / 51.74%

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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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PreK - 8th
9th - 12th
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UP Academy Charter School of Boston
6th - 8th
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South Boston Catholic Academy
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Boston Collaborative High School
9th - 12th
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PreK - 8th
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