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South End, Boston

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The South End is a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. It is bordered by Back Bay, Chinatown, and Roxbury. It is distinguished from other neighborhoods by its Victorian style houses and the many parks in and around the area. The South End is the largest intact Victorian row house district in the country, which is made up of over 300 acres. Eleven residential parks are scattered around the South End. In 1973, the South End was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The construction of the South End began in 1849 when the neighborhood was built on tidal marshes.It is home to many diverse groups, including immigrants, young families, and professionals, and it is very popular with the gay and lesbian community of Boston. Since the 1880s the South End has been characterized by its diversity, with substantial Irish, Lebanese, Jewish, African-American, and Greek populations. In 2010, the population was 55.2% white, 13.3% Hispanic, 12.5% Black or African American, 16.2% Asian, and 2.7% other; 55.2% of its residents had a bachelor's degree or higher; the median household income was $57,699; the median age was 36; 65.6% were primarily English speakers; and 12.9% were primarily Spanish speakers.The South End has five primary and secondary schools that offer education from kindergarten to grade 12. It has a diverse selection of restaurants, bars, art galleries, and boutiques, as well as banks and ATMs. It is conveniently located within the radius of three libraries which offer many different programs for children and adults.GeographyThe South End lies south of the Back Bay, northwest of South Boston, northeast of Roxbury, north of Dorchester, and southwest of Bay Village. Despite the name, it is not directly south of the center of downtown Boston.
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  • July 14, 2017
    We walk this area almost every time that we fly into Boston. I prefer walking this district in the evening (no matter the weather). The shops may be closed but the windows are usually charming, the pu...  more »
  • July 14, 2017
    I am not a city person but the south end is just great. Beautiful old churches, food restaurants on every corner, theater on Tremont Street. I was in Blackstone Square the other night and they had a s...  more »
  • June 10, 2017
    This is the neighborhood with more Victorian houses of United States and epicenter of the Bostonian gay community. The first Friday of every month check out galleries of Harrison Street to see new exhibits and then dinner at any of the restaurants in Tremona Street.
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