Incorporated in 1630 and annexed by Boston in 1870, Dorchester is Boston’s largest and most diverse neighborhood. The construction of the rails and trolley lines at the turn of the century spurred the area’s transformation to a residential suburb of downtown Boston. Dorchester’s historical diversity has been a well-sustained tradition of the neighborhood. The area’s many close knit communities are further testament to Dorchester’s unique spirit.

Dorchester Avenue, the neighborhood’s main artery, uniquely connects a number of Dorchester’s vibrant business districts. Fields and Uphams Corners, Ashmont Station, Neponset Circle, Adams Village, and Morrissey Boulevard, to name a few, are thriving commercial anchors to a number of the area’s sub-neighborhoods, which include Codman Square, Jones Hill, Meeting House Hill, Pope’s Hill, Savin Hill, Harbor Point, Lower Mills, and Port Norfolk. And still others identify their sub-neighborhood by the name of nearby parish churches, illustrating the area’s community oriented flavor.

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Updated: November 2017