Dorchester, Boston's largest neighborhood, is also one of its most diverse. Long-time residents mingle with newer immigrants from Ireland, Vietnam, and Cape Verde. The nation's first Vietnamese Community Center is located in Fields Corner, the heart of the Vietnamese community in Boston. Dorchester Avenue anchors the neighborhood business district with a unique mix of ethnic restaurants, beauty salons, electronics stores, and pharmacies. Franklin Park, considered the "crown jewel" of Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace Park System, is located here. The Park features 527 acres of green space and walking paths, a zoo, and an 18-hole municipal golf course. Neighborhood pride is strong in Dorchester, as former residents have been known to wear T-shirts proclaiming "OFD" - "Originally From Dorchester." Bordered by the Neponset River and Boston Harbor, Dorchester residents enjoy the riverfront amenities of Pope John Paul II Park as well as harbor beaches and boating opportunities.

Exploring the Neighborhood

  • My Neighborhood

    Just enter your property address to get detailed information about your community such as the nearest library or community center. You can even find out what day your trash will be picked up or where to vote!

    Find Your Neighborhood »

  • Your Neighborhood Coordinator

    ONS neighborhood coordinators and liaisons facilitate the delivery of services in collaboration with city departments and serve as a primary contact for constituents to communicate with the Mayor's Office.

    Find My Neighborhood Coordinator »

News & Press Releases »


Videos & Multimedia »

  • Zoning Board of Appeal Hearings 10-6-15
    Zoning regulates the use and dimensional boundaries of privately owned buildings and land. The Zoning code is in place to protect the neighborhoods from the construction of buildings or structures that do not fit into the context of a neighborhood. The Zoning Board of Appeal hears appeals for varying the application of the Zoning Code and determines when it is appropriate to grant deviations from code restrictions. Watch Video »
  • Boston Neighborhood Sports - 10/5/15
    This week in Boston Neighborhood Sports, we bring you highlights of the New Mission vs. Latin Academy high school football game, along with other city high school football, volleyball and soccer scores from the weekend. Watch Video »