In the city of Boston, no neighborhood is more densely populated than Chinatown, which is the only historically Chinese area in New England. Nearly 13,000 residents call this neighborhood home. While the Chinese culture is definitely seen and felt throughout their neighborhood, the population is very racially diverse and everyone is welcome. Also in the vicinity is the Leather District, which go its name from the dominating leather industry of the 19th century. Thinking of making Chinatown…
As soon as you step foot into Chinatown, the culture of China surrounds you. There are traditional Chinese architecture, stores, and restaurants all around you. Between hearing people speaking their native language vibrantly and seeing some of the strange and unique things you can purchase in stores, this small (yet densely populated) neighborhood brings you right into the heart of the Chinese culture.While there are many old and traditional Chinese buildings, statues and other landmarks (such as the famous Chinatown Gate that greets visitors), there are also modern buildings going up all the time such as high-rises and condo complexes. The neighborhood is extremely energetic and always crawling with something to do or see. Chinatown is a very cool place to visit as you can see first-hand how Chinese immigrants have made a life for themselves and work hard to keep their American dream alive and well.
Despite being a much smaller neighborhood, the Leather District still as its own slightly unique identity. Despite often being lumped with the Chinatown neighborhood, this neighborhood can be classified by its large and old buildings that used to house leather manufacturers. Leather District was even listed on the National Register of Historic Places back in 1983.
Less and less Asians are living here than ever before. Less than half of the neighborhood’s near 13,000 residents are Asian. The Leather District has retained a bit more. One of the main reasons cited for this decrease in the neighborhood is the cost of living and possible gentrification. While the cost of living in terms of groceries and other necessities isn’t too excessive, the main culprit is the rent. Due to the neighborhoods proximity to the downtown area and the increased demand for rent, the median rent of the neighborhood is high. So if you decide to rent in this area, make sure it is financially viable to you before you do it.
Being that this neighborhood is in a central location and is right near downtown Boston, it is very common to see people walking and it is very well served by public transit. You will see dozens and dozens of people walking throughout the day but if that is not your style, public transit is a breeze in this neighborhood. The Green, Orange and Red Line subway systems all make various stops throughout the neighborhood, as does the Silver Line bus system. You will never be more than a few minutes away from access to the subway. However, but if you have a car and prefer to drive, that is also quite easy in Chinatown as opposed to other neighborhoods in Boston. While the streets are narrow and most of the street parking requires a permit, there are a few parking garages in or near the neighborhood.
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Chinatown - Leather District is located within 02111. This area currently has 7,564 residents in 3,217 households. Out of the total population, 25.75% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this zipcode are currently unmarried and have a median age of 33.
When looking at residents older than 25, around 17.27% have graduated from high school, 28.13% have a bachelor's degree, and 24.46% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 56.9% and the median income in this zipcode is $39,670.
At least 74.79% of those living in this zipcode are renting their homes. Most residents will commute to work by walking with an average commute time of 22 minutes.
Geographically, 02111 is a part of Suffolk County, Massachusetts. This county is currently home to 767,719 residents, or 299,658 households with a median income of $57,439. Residents in Suffolk County, Massachusetts have a median age of 32 and 64.20% are currently renting their homes in the area.
Finally, Suffolk County, Massachusetts is a part of the greater Boston, MA - NH - RI Urban Area. For those unfamiliar with the area, The Boston, MA - NH - RI Urban Area is currently home to a population 4,343,828 across 1,635,254 households. Those living in this urban area have a median income of $77,009 and median age of 38. In general, at least 40.37% of the residents are currently renting their homes in this area.