Roxbury is a dissolved municipality and a currently officially recognized neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. It is one of 23 official neighborhoods of Boston used by the city for neighborhood services coordination.

Lower Roxbury was once the name of the thriving area from Dudley Street to Tremont Street with bustling businesses up and down Ruggles Street. Around 1965, one side of Ruggles Street was small shops and the other side was decorated with tenement style and single family housing. At the corner of Douglas Square and Tremont Street was one notable shop called People's Market; the first supermarket in Boston located in Roxbury.


Current Population: 63,672

Did you know?

  • The population density in Roxbury is 5% higher than Boston.

  • The median age in Roxbury is 7% higher than Boston.

  • In Roxbury 14.76% of the population is Caucasian.

  • In Roxbury 61.65% of the population is African American.

  • In Roxbury 2.02% of the population is Asian.

Today Roxbury is home to a diverse community which includes African American, Hispanic, and Asian families, along with young professionals


  • Dudley Square This is really the heart of Roxbury. Strategic plans dreamed up in the 80's are finally coming to fruition as the city of Boston invests millions of dollars bringing back the Bolling building and other structures in the neighborhood. Longtime residents rub elbows with fresh arrivals taking advantage of the proximity to downtown and access to amenities. With Bartlett Yard under construction and big plans in the works for other parcels, this area of town is viscerally experiencing gentrification.

  • Egleston Square Is it part of Roxbury? Part of JP? This community at a crossroads is a great example of what Roxbury has to offer. A variety of shops and restaurants cater to the locals in the area, while many non-profits have taken root here. Investing in urban youth, here parents can find classes covering everything from baseball, to SAT prep, to creative writing and more.

  • Fort Hill Set on a hill at the western border of Roxbury, Fort Hill is a quiet residential community. There are many interesting architectural gems dotted throughout the one way streets and hillsides just waiting to be discovered. Sometimes called "Highland Park", this neighborhood doesn't have much in the way of shopping and restaurants, but does contain a community college and a mosque.

  • Grove Hall A mostly residential neighborhood largely made up of stately Second Empire and Victorian homes. Access to a bustling commercial district and close proximity to the enormous Franklin Park round this neighborhood out. No trains serve Grove Hall only buses, because of this fact many Bostonians don't even know this neighborhood exists!

Recreational centers

  • The Roxbury YMCA was founded in 1851 in the Greater Boston which is a cause driven nonprofit organization committed to developing youth by informing them about healthy living and promoting social responsibility in the community.

  • The John A. Shelburne community center is a non-profit recreational, educational, and cultural enrichment facility located in the heart of historic Roxbury. The Hattie B Copper Community center served Leadership development for women of color for over 89 years. The Center was named after John A. Shelburne that was a native of Roxbury.

  • In 1916, the Hattie B Cooper Center opened their doors to 69 children at the Fourth Methodist Church on Shawmut Avenue. They have served in the Roxbury community for nearly 100 years that provided programs facilitate growth and development, while creating opportunities for future successes.

  • The Reggie Lewis Center was opened in 1995 which was built by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This center serves as the home for the Roxbury Community College's powerful intercollegiate and intramural athletics. Known as the "Reggie" and one of the fastest tracks in the World.



Students in Roxbury are served by Boston Public Schools (BPS). BPS assigns students based on preferences of the applicants and priorities of students in various zones.

Primary and secondary schools


List of exam school:


Roxbury is also the home to the following Charter public school


Colleges and universities

Roxbury Community College, "Roxbury Community College is a co-educational public institution of higher education offering Associate Degrees and certificate programs. Nearby: Simmons, Emmanuel, Northeastern and Westworth, Massachusetts School of Pharmacy and Massachusetts Art

Public libraries

Boston Public Library operates the Dudley Branch Library in Roxbury. The branch opened in April 1978.

Hospitals Nearby



Dudley Station:is a ground-level bus station located in Dudley Square , Roxbury , Boston MA, United States . It is a transfer point between 17 Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority bus routes, including two Silver Line bus rapid transit lines and 15 local MBTA Bus routes.

Roxbury Crossing is located at 1400 Tremont Street in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston, on the location of a former commuter rail station of the same name.

The Orange Line provides Roxbury with three busy stations located along the Southwest Corridor. Ruggles, Roxbury Crossing and Jackson Square.


What to See?

  • Franklin Park, The crown jewel in Frederick Law Olmstead's Emerald Necklace system of parks, Franklin Park brings together rural scenery, a woodland preserve, and areas for recreation and sports. The park's 485 acres provide thousands of city dwellers with unmatched green space. Take your time and investigate the old stone bridges and ruins scattered along the 15+ miles of rustic walking/hiking paths. Urban explorers shouldn't miss the Long Crouch Woods, site of Boston's first zoo. A grand staircase, deteriorating for a century, arcs up to reveal a long arcade lined with giant bear cages built of iron.

  • The William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park, is an 18 hole award winning golf course.

  • Highland Park This site once contained earthwork fortifications built by the Continental Army during the Siege of Boston, and it’s clearly defendable location still offers sweeping views of downtown Boston. The small park contains the Cochituate Standpipe, also known as Fort Hill Tower, built in 1869.

  • The Museum of the National Center of Afro American Artists  This museum is dedicated to black visual arts heritage worldwide, and presents historical and contemporary exhibitions in many media, including painting, sculpture, graphics, photography and decorative arts.

  • Roxbury Heritage State Park This heritage park is located in the John Eliot Square area of Roxbury, originally the center of town after its founding in 1630.

  • Shirley-Eustis House The house was built in 1747 as a summer home for William Shirley (1694–1771), Royal Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. It is one of the last remaining mansions of royal governors in the United States. Today it is used as a living museum, be sure to check the events calendar for what's new. $7 adults, $5 students/seniors.


Where to Visit?

  • Franklin Park Zoo, founded in 1912, is a 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park. This zoo contains a combined 10,000 sq ft of playground area and uses play to teach children about conservation and wildlife. In addition, it has an Australian bird aviary, a bird world's exhibit, an African lions exhibit, a tigers exhibit, a tropical forest environment, an outback trail, a butterfly tent, barn houses with farm animals, expansive giraffe and zebra savannah, a camel trek, a carousel, a train ride, a stationary jeep ride, picnic areas, a southwestern-themed grill concession stand, and a children's zoo! Adult $20, senior: $17, child $14. Members and children under 2.

  • William J. Devine Golf Course

The First Lady of Roxbury

Melnea Agnes Cass (née Jones; June 16, 1896 – December 16, 1978) had spent nearly half a century working for economic and racial justice. Admired for her selflessness, common sense, and generosity, she was respected by the city's power brokers as a forceful and effective advocate for social change. When she died in 1978, Mrs. Cass had received honorary doctorates and been named "Massachusetts Mother of the Year" and a "Grand Bostonian." The honors did not end with her death. Melnea Cass Boulevard in Lower Roxbury opened in the summer of 1981. Northeastern University, Simmons College, and Boston College all granted her honorary degrees, so that friends took to calling her "Dr. Cass."

Her motto was: "If we cannot do great things, we can do small things in a great way."

Named in her honor in Boston is Melnea Cass Day, May 22nd , outdoor swimming pool and the Melnea A. Cass Recreational Complex in Roxbury.