North Allston is one of the most affordable areas in all of Boston, a great place to live while being close to everything that you need. North Allston is part of the Allston neighborhood which sits east to the rest of Boston and borders the neighborhood of Brighton. While Allston is known for its student population, North Allston (also known as Lower Allston) is a smaller neighborhood and also a neighborhood where fewer students choose to live. The neighborhood is close enough to the heart…
Allston is jam-packed with small businesses and restaurants that serve a ton of different purposes. While geographically close to the hustle and bustle of Boston, Allston is cut off from the main city of Boston and is bordered by the Charles River. The buildings are often older and made of brick, which gives the neighborhood a lot of personality. There are also a few parks and the view of the Charles River if you are more into lush scenery than buildings and homes.
North Allston, or Lower Allston, got its name due to its lower elevation. The neighborhood is located north of the Massachusetts Turnpike and, compared to Allston, it's not packed with students. The population is largely made up of young professionals, homeowners, and long-term residents. There is a wide variety of cuisine available in the neighborhood to satisfy the people who call this area home. The neighborhood is known as a quiet neighborhood with a low crime rate.
Allston was originally an eastern section of the former town of Brighton. In 1867, a new railway opened in the area and it and the post office near it (and eventually the whole neighborhood), was given the name Allston. It was named after a painter that lived and worked across the Charles River. The community originally developed around livestock and railroad operations. Eventually, those gave way to the numerous different businesses and residences that are currently in the neighborhood. Despite all of the great things going for the neighborhood, it has still managed to maintain a fairly low cost of living. While those coming from the Midwest or other, cheaper, areas of the country will scoff at the prices, it is one of the most affordable neighborhoods in the Boston area. In fact, the rent is an average of $1,000 cheaper than the Boston average and the overall cost of living is around 50% of the state average, which makes it extremely attractive to those looking for affordability.
While driving around is definitely an option, it is not the best option for this neighborhood (or for any in Boston, really). The option that most people opt for in the city is public transportation, as about 50% of the people use it, which is about 25 times the national average. There are several different bus lines that operate throughout the neighborhood and the neighborhood also plans for a commuter rail station. In addition to public transit, the flat area of the neighborhood makes it perfect for walking and biking as well.
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North Allston is located within 02134. This area currently has 17,598 residents in 7,530 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 26.8.
When looking at residents older than 25, 14.08% have graduated from high school, 34.09% have a bachelor's degree, and 28.09% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 67.3% and the median income in this zipcode is $47,485.
At least 86.11% of those living in this zipcode rents their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 32.8 minutes.
Geographically, 02134 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. Suffolk County, Massachusetts residents have a median age of 32.4 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 38.2. In general, at least 40.37% of the residents are currently renting their homes in this area.