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Data: Charlestown 3rd Most Prideful Boston Neighborhood

The town ranks behind Hyde Park, Roslindale.

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:

Neighborhood

Checks from
“Boston”

Checks from
neighborhood

Checks
Total

Pride
rate

Hyde Park

1

55

56

98.2%

Roslindale

11

162

173

93.6%

Charlestown

14

172

186

92.5%

Dorchester

60

396

456

86.8%

Jamaica Plain

97

574

671

85.5%

West Roxbury

43

158

201

78.6%

South Boston

116

53

169

31.4%

Caitlin Walsh July 03, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I never list my address as Boston. Didn't realize mail could still be delivered to me if I did! It's not like I'm going to change now though - old habits die hard.
Matt M. Casey (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I talked to the post office to try to get some kind of historical perspective on why this rate might be. They couldn't offer any help, but, as it turns out, your city name is the least important part of any written address. As long as the zip, street and house number are right, you could have Timbuktu as your city and it would still get to you.

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