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Place Matters - Allston/Brighton

Allston/Brighton Community Assets

Allston-Brighton is a set of two interlocking Boston neighborhoods, Allston and Brighton.  First founded in 1646, Allston-Brighton was known as Little Cambridge for the better part of the 18th century. Once it became part of Boston, it received one of the earliest street car lines both in the city and in the nation, thus making it home to many of Boston’s moderately wealthy classes. Today, approximately 21,000 of the 70,000 people residing in this neighborhood are college students, many of whom attend Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, or Boston College. This neighborhood is one of the most diverse in the city, with a large number of Korean, Vietnamese and Brazilian residents as well as a large community of Jewish Russian immigrants. 69% of its residents are White, 14% are Asian, 9% are Latino and 4% are Black. The median annual income here is about $22,000.

 Community Statistics

Data presented in the Boston Public Health Commission's Health of Boston report routinely demonstrates that Boston's Black and Latino residents experience higher levels of chronic disease, mortality, and poorer health outcomes than White residents. These persistent health disparities are driven by the interaction of several factors including racism, living conditions, physical environment, socioeconomic status, food security, lifestyle, available health services, and existing health policies. The data provided offers a broad picture of the health experience of our city, identifies individuals and communities at greatest risk for certain conditions, and stimulates discussion among individuals within our communities. Understanding the city's diversity is essential to developing policies and strategies that address health equity in Boston.

 Population by Race and Ethnicity

  Allston/Brighton Languages Spoken Allston/Brighton Countries of Birth


Boston Public Health Commission 2010 HOB Report
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