Where people are most likely to work in each Boston neighborhood

According to a new report from the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

The BRA analyzed 2013 Zip Code Business Patterns
(ZCBP), published by the U.S. Census Bureau to make the report.
The BRA analyzed 2013 Zip Code Business Patterns (ZCBP), published by the U.S. Census Bureau to make the report. –(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

If you live in East Boston, there’s a good chance you or someone you know works at Logan Airport, while Dorchester dwellers are more likely to work in health care and social assistance, according to a new report from the The Boston Redevelopment Authority Research Division.

The report, released this week, looks at the most popular industries and employers of the residents in each Boston neighborhood.

Health care and social assistance were by far the most common industries among Boston dwellers, with those fields seeing the greatest share of employment in 9 out of 15 areas studied. But even within those industries, the major employers varied by neighborhood.


The BRA created the employment maps for each neighborhood using the 2013 Zip Code Business Patterns (ZCBP), published by the U.S. Census Bureau. The ZCBP data included private sector payroll jobs only, excluding government and non-payroll (self-employed or working in family business) employment.

Here were the most popular industries and employers in each neighborhood:

Allston/Brighton: In Allston/Brighton, the biggest share of residents is in health care and social assistance, with an estimated 6,657 working in this field. St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center is one of the most common employers, along with Harvard University Business School, New Balance, WGBH, and Genzyme.

Back Bay/Beacon Hill: In Back Bay and Beacon Hill, the greatest share of residents work in the professional, business services, and information sectors, with roughly 35,616 workers. Some of the largest employers for this neighborhood are John Hancock, Liberty Mutual, Deloitte, Pearson, and New England Financial/MetLife.

Central Boston: Residents of Central Boston often work in finance, insurance, and real estate, with around 64,661 workers in these fields. Major employers include Massachusetts General Hospital, State Street Bank & Trust Co., Tufts Medical Center, Putnam Investments, and Tufts University Graduate Schools.

Charlestown: Over 45 percent of those living in Charlestown work in professional, business services, and information sectors, working for organizations like the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston, RSM International, Keane Inc., Delta Dental of Massachusetts, and Costa Fruit and Produce.


Dorchester: In Dorchester, over 24 percent of residents work in health care and social assistance, and major employers include Boston Globe Media Partners, Carney Hospital, College Bound Dorchester, Stop and Shop, and the University of Massachusetts Boston.

East Boston: Eastie residents often work in wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, with a whopping 60 percent of residents working in these fields. People living here generally don’t have to travel to far to get to work, since JetBlue, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, and United Airlines are the largest employers at Logan Airport.

Fenway/Kenmore: In Fenway/Kenmore, an estimated 47,627 residents work in health care and social assistance, with major employers including Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston University, Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, and Northeastern University.

Hyde Park: Those living in Hyde Park often work in retail trade, and major employers are Shaw’s, P. Gioioso and Sons, and Stop and Shop.

Jamaica Plain: In JP, around 56 percent of residents work in health care and social assistance, often at places like Faulkner Hospital, VA Boston Healthcare — Jamaica Plain, Angell Animal Medical Center, Sherrill House, and Brookside Community Health Center.

Mattapan: The biggest share of Mattapan dwellers work in health care and social assistance (28 percent), followed closely by retail trade (27 percent). Major employers include Star Market, Rosscommon Extended Care Center, Mars Farmers Market, Mattapan Community Health Center, and Rite Aid.

Roslindale: In Roslindale, health care and social assistance provided the greatest share of employment, with an estimated 39 percent of residents working in these sectors. Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Gourmet Caterers, Home for Little Wanderers, Rogerson Communities, and Stop and Shop are major employers.


Roxbury: The largest share of Roxbury residents also work in health care and social assistance, and major employers include New England Baptist Hospital, Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, and Central Boston Elder Services.

South Boston: About 38 percent of South Bostonians work in professional, business services, and information, and major employers are Fidelity, Gillette, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

South End: In the South End, the health care and social assistance sector again provided the greatest share of employment, with an estimated 48 percent of its residents working in these sectors. Major employers include Boston Medical Center, Boston University (Medical Campus), and Pine Street Inn.

West Roxbury: Once again, health care and social assistance provided the greatest share of employment in this Boston neighborhood, with an estimated 24 percent of residents working in these industries. Prominent employers include VA Boston Healthcare — West Roxbury, Roche Brothers, Home Depot, and the German Centre for Extended Care.

Read the BRA’s full report here.

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