Mattapan was named by the Native American tribes that once lived in this area. It means “a good place to be” or a “good place to sit”, perhaps because the Neponset River runs through it and at the time it must have been so rife with nature that it provided plenty of natural resources while inviting people to sit and contemplate the beauty of the place.



Current Population: 39,010

  • The population density in Mattapan is 8% lower than Boston.

  • The median age in Mattapan is 12% higher than Boston.

  • In Mattapan 9.98% of the population is Caucasian.

  • In Mattapan 83.54% of the population is African American.



The Mattapan-Ashmont trolley line of the MBTA serves Mattapan as well as several bus routes. In the beginning of 2016, the Mattapan trolley was in danger of being derailed and being transformed into bus routes instead; which would be more cost effective than keeping the trolley as rail line., However, Boston officials have fought to cancel this transformation because although this would be more cost effective, property values would decrease and would "most importantly, torpedo a mixed-use, mixed-income residential-retail project slated for the Mattapan station parking lot". At this point in time, the project to convert the Trolley into buses will not be carried out.

The Fairmount Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail also serves Mattapan at Morton Street, providing service to downtown Boston and the suburbs. The Fairmount Corridor Commuter Rail Line currently runs from South Station south through the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan and terminates in Readville section of Hyde Park. It consists of approximately 9.2 miles of track, four stations (Uphams Corner, Morton Street, Fairmount, and Readville) and forty-one bridges. It is the only Commuter Rail Branch that exclusively serves the City of Boston and MBTA’s Urban Core.



  • Harambee Park was built in 1961, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the famous American Landscape architect. Originally known as Franklin Field, named after Benjamin Franklin.

  • The Franklin Park Zoo founded in 1912, "Is considered the crown jewel of the Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace Park System.

  • The Boston Nature Center and Wild Life Sanctuary is a hidden gem and pride of Mattapan spreading across 67 acres. It is home to over 150 species of bird, 40 species of butterflies and more than 350 species of plants. It has Clark-Cooper Community Garden providing options of fresh food and green spaces to over 250 local families. It also has two miles of trails through meadows and woodlands.

  • The Forest Hills Cemetery is a prime example of rural garden cemetery. It has both historic and culture significance of Boston. Founded in 1848 to, "provide a magnificent park-like setting to bury and remember family and friends. It has been added to the National register of Historic Places in 2004.



Primary and secondary schools

Boston Public Schools (BPS) operates public schools in Mattapan. Ellison/Parks Early Education School is in Mattapan. Elementary schools include James J. Chittick, Mattahunt,  and Charles H. Taylor. Mildred Avenue K-8 School is located in Mattapan. The Young Achievers Science and Mathematics Pilot K-8 School, a BPS school, occupies the former campus of Solomon Lewenberg Middle School, which closed in 2009.

Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston operates the Mattapan Square Campus. (Formally the Saint Angela Merci elementary school)

In Mattapan there are seven schools ranging from preschools to middle schools. There are five public schools and two private schools located in the Mattapan neighborhood. There are twenty one preschools, eight elementary schools, and three middle schools. The five public schools are all part of the Boston Public School system.



Mattapan Community Health Center, located in heart of the Blue Hill Avenue, has been providing community and public health services to the Mattapan and Hyde Park communities for more than 40 years and it is also the only healthy center in the city. It is the primary source of care and resource for its residents and community members. Its mission is to, "Improve the quality of life for residents of Mattapan and surrounding communities by providing comprehensive, accessible, affordable and culturally appropriate community health care services, including primary and preventive health care services". It is also the founding partner of the Boston HealthNet and it is affiliated with Boston Medical Center and Brigham & Women's Hospital.

Mattapan Adult Day Health Program Founded in 1980, it has been providing day health services to senior living in Boston areas.




Mattapan Station Mixed-Use Development

Proposed mixed-use development project located adjacent to the Mattapan MBTA Red Line station that would consist of two new buildings with a total of 144 residential units and 10,000 square feet of retail. Phase One of the proposed project would construct a five-to-six-story building featuring 135 mixed-income apartment residences, 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and a 2,000-square-foot community room.

51% of apartments (69 total) would be designated affordable; 54 apartments would be rented to households earning no more than 60% of Area Median Income (AMI), 7 apartments would be rented to households earning no more than 50% of AMI and 8 apartments would be rented to households earning no more than 30% of AMI. Two apartments would be townhouses with at-grade entrances, with the remaining 133 apartments located above. Apartments would include studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms and three-bedrooms.


Olmsted Green Condominiums

42-acre, $200 million multi-phased, mixed-income development that will revitalize the former site of Boston State Hospital with approximately 500 homeownership and rental residences. To date, a total of 229 residences have been constructed at Olmsted Green, including 159 rental residences in the development’s East section and 70 residences, including 51 rental and 19 homeownership, in the development’s West section.

The next phase of Olmsted Green will construct 268 residences in the development’s West section in four phases. The first phase, 41 homeownership residences, broke ground in March 2017. Subsequent phases will include a 100-unit rental phase, an 80-unit homeownership phase and a 47-unit rental phase.