Dorchester (colloquially referred to as Dot) is Boston's largest neighborhood and one of its most culturally diverse. Its historic neighborhood comprising more than 6 square miles (16 km2) in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The neighborhood is named after the town of Dorchester in the English county of Dorset, from which Puritans emigrated on the ship Mary and John, among others.



Current Population: 160,691

It has a very diverse population, which includes a large concentration of African Americans, European Americans (with large Irish American and Polish American immigrant populations), Caribbean Americans, Latinos, and East and Southeast Asian Americans. Dorchester also has a significant LGBT population, with active political groups and the largest concentration of same-sex couples in Boston after the South End and Jamaica Plain. Most of the people over the age of 25 have completed high school or obtained a GED.



The neighborhood is served by five stations on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Red Line (MBTA) rapid transit service, five stations on the Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed Line, Savin Hill, Fields Corner, Shawmut, and Ashmont. At Ashmont station, the city of Boston and the state of Massachusetts partnered with private investors to create The Carruth, one of the state's first Transit-oriented developments (TOD).



• The University of Massachusetts Boston is an accredited urban public research university and the second largest campus in the University of Massachusetts system. It is located on Columbia Point in Dorchester.

Labouré College is a Roman Catholic co-educational college offering associate degrees in nursing and the health sciences. It is located on the Carney Hospital campus near the Lower Mills section of Dorchester.

Boston College High School (also known as BC High) is an all-male, Jesuit, Roman Catholic, college preparatory secondary school founded in 1863 with historical ties to Boston College. It has an enrollment in grades 7-12 of approximately 1,600 students and is located on a 40-acre (160,000 m2) campus on Morrissey Boulevard in the Dorchester section of Boston.

Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy (Neponset and Columbia Campus) was formed in 2008 under the direction of Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley as part of the Archdiocese of Boston’s plan for revitalizing inner-city Catholic education. Educating 1,250 students, the Academy is the largest accredited Catholic elementary school in New England. Campuses

Mother Caroline Academy, founded in 1993, is a small private, tuition free school serving girls from families with limited financial resources in grades four through eight. The Academy offers a well-balanced education program, which includes English, math, science, and social studies

Yawkey Konbit Kreyol Center Catholic Charities Greater Boston is a community service center of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston. Catholic Charities Greater Boston provides direct service in Dorchester at the Yawkey Center, in Somerville, and in other Boston neighborhoods through an array of programs and services including Basic Needs Services, parenting programs, an after-school program for teens, a summer camp for inner-city children, elder social services, and a variety of residential programs.

Notre Dame Montessori School is a Large Group and School Age Child Care (Group Child Care) in DORCHESTER MA, with a maximum capacity of 24 children.




Carney Hospital is located on 2100 Dorchester Avenue. Carney Hospital provides over 500 physicians with primary care and specialist physicians. They provided services like behavior health, cancer care, cardiac & vascular, gynecology services, neurology, orthopedics, rehabilitation and physical therapy, along with many more services. Carney Hospital aims to provide the Dorchester community with health and wellness

Codman Square Health Center is a community based outpatient healthcare located on 637 Washington Street. They have been a functioning clinic since 1979 with the dream "To build the best urban community in America". They employ about 280 multi-lingual staff members whom most of them reside in the neighborhoods surrounding Codman Square.



1: The Dorchester Historical Society. Go to an open house there. Very cool. The inside of the barn is amazing.

2: Go on the Ashmont Hill house tour this June. You'll be able to go into a bunch of cool old homes. You'll be blown away. It's a great way to see these old houses from the late 1800s.

3: Walk the Neponset River Reservation. Great birds. Beautiful river. Many people that live here don't know it's here or have never walked it. Walk it.



1. Big City Living

Despite losing all that land, if Dorchester were its own city, it would be one of the largest by population in Massachusetts. The 2010 census puts the neighborhood’s population at 92,115, which makes it bigger than all 296 towns and at least 47 of the 55 cities in Massachusetts.

2. Sweet History

The first chocolate factory in the United States was built in the Lower Mills section of Dorchester. It was part of Walter Baker & Co., which was established in 1780. The factory functioned all the way until 1965. Baker’s chocolate is still around today, but it is owned by Kraft Foods.

3. Not ‘The Dot’

Perhaps you’ve heard Dorchester called ‘The Dot.’ But ‘The Dot’ is NOT short for Dorchester, at least according to people who are OFD. The Boston-centric website Universal Hub, relying on some help from long-time Dorchester residents, explains in its Wicked Good Guide To Boston English, Dot is “an adjective referring to something or somebody from Dorchester,” but it’s not a synonym for Dorchester. Only “people from Southie” use it that way, the definition explains. Instead, it only works in phrases like “Dot Rat” and “Dot Ave.” OFD, by the way, is short for “originally from Dorchester.” But you didn’t hear that here.



• The oldest surviving home in Boston is located in Dorchester. The James Blake House is located at Edward Everett Square.

• Chocolate was first introduced to the United States in Dorchester in 1765. The first chocolate mill, The Walter Baker Chocolate Factory was located in the Lower Mills section of town.

• Dorchester was considered a country retreat in the 19th century and John F Kennedy’s grandparents lived in the Ashmont Hill area of Dorchester.

• Dorchester was the home of Lucy Stone. Lucy Stone was the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree and outspoken advocate for voting rights for women.

• Dorchester has always been a diverse community which welcomed many immigrants from locations such as Ireland, Canada, Poland, Italy and many migrant Americans from the south. This influx of people prompted the building of the famous triple decker apartment buildings.

Martin Luther King, Jr. lived in Dorchester while he attended Boston University.

• The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is located in Dorchester.                          



• Expansion of the South Bay Shopping Center, which will add 500,000 square feet of mixed-use hotels, theatres, restaurants and residences. The South Bay Shopping Center currently has 700,000 square foot of retail space.

Dot Block - The ginormous development will unfold over several buildings (more than 10, totaling nearly 400,000 square feet) and will include 362 apartments, plus retail. That retail could include a grocery store. Dot Block's developer, the Atlas Investment Group, won approval for its Rode Architects-designed plans from the city in mid-May 2016.


Dorchester, Massachusetts has welcomed new residents since its founding. This beautiful community merges old and new homes with a seamless neighborhood feel. During its long history, Dorchester has been a popular location for home buyers. Immigrants and vacationing elite have enjoyed this area which merges its historic roots with a thriving contemporary lifestyle.