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Place Matters - Roslindale

Roslindale Community AssetsThe neighborhood of Roslindale has undergone one of Boston’s most dramatic demographic transformations over the last 20 years. Between 1990 and 2000 alone, Roslindale’s population grew by 5%, with particularly large increases in Black and Latino residents. In 1980, just 9% of this neighborhood was made up of people of color. The 2000 census tells us that today close to 56% of this neighborhood’s 35,000 residents are White, 19% are Latino, 15% are Black and close to 4% are Asian. Rather than precipitating a period of economic instability or the kind of cultural clashes that can happen as the result of large population shifts, the influx of newcomers has increased stability and economic revitalization in this neighborhood.

Before the boom of shopping malls, Roslindale’s business district, affectionately called “Rozzy Square,” was one of the leading shopping areas for Bostonians and included grocery stores, movie theaters and department stores. In the 1970s and 1980s, Roslindale’s downtown lost many of its storefronts and suffered from vandalism.  Through the cooperation of many dedicated residents, business owners and property owners, Roslindale Village “Main Streets” was established and worked to reestablish the community with 33 façade changes, 43 commercial building rehabilitations, 29 net new businesses, and 132 net job gains- totaling over $5 million in new investments. Currently, the community’s economy has blossomed with 90% of its businesses being independently owned and less than 5% of building vacancies.

 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.

 Roslindale Population by Race and Ethnicity

Roslindale Languages Spoken Roslindale Countries of Birth


Boston Public Health Commission 2010 HOB Report
Wicked Local- Roslindale
Roslindale Main Streets
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