I’m not telling you anything new by suggesting that Charlestown residents don’t think of themselves as Bostonians—not primarily, anyway—but now I have data to back it up.
When reviewing some recent Federal Election Commission data to get a , I noticed a snag: many residents listed their neighborhood instead of Boston on the "city" line of their contribution.
So, I did a little analysis. Of 186 checks written from the 02129 zipcode to presidential candidates, just 14 said they lived in Boston. The rest said they lived in Charlestown. That gives Townies a 92.5 percent rate of neighborhood pride—enough to make it Boston’s third-most prideful neighborhood.
The top spot goes to Hyde Park, where just one check out of 56 from the 02136 zip code listed its city as Boston.
Residents of several other neighborhoods opted not to label themselves as Bostonians, but, notably, the entire population of the city's downtown core listed their place of residence as Boston.
Now, this isn’t exactly a comprehensive survey, but it does give us a window into how Boston’s residents think of themselves.
Selected data from the analysis: