02121 Zip Code Detailed Profile




Estimated zip code population in 2013: 27,093
Zip code population in 2010: 25,978
Zip code population in 2000: 25,057

Houses and condos: 11,094
Renter-occupied apartments: 7,511
% of renters here:

77%
State:

38%
Mar. 2013 cost of living index in zip code 02121: 143.1 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

Land area: 1.7 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 15,523 people per square mile 
 
 (very high).

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Real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2013:
This zip code:

0.7% ($2,284)
Massachusetts:

1.2% ($3,955)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $2,350 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $2,067 (0.7%)

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Males: 12,338  (45.5%)
Females: 14,755  (54.5%)

For population 25 years and over in 02121:

For population 15 years and over in 02121:

Zip code 02121 compared to state average:

  • Median household income significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
  • Races in zip code 02121

  • Zip code 02121 races chart
    • 456White population
    • 16,930Black population
    • 111American Indian population
    • 190Asian population
    • 4Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander population
    • 475Some other race population
    • 705Two or more races population
    • 7,107Hispanic or Latino population

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Estimated median house/condo value in 2013: $311,700
02121:

$311,700
Massachusetts:

$327,200
Median resident age:
This zip code:

30.2 years
Massachusetts median age:

39.4 years
Average household size:
This zip code:

2.8 people
Massachusetts:

2.5 people

Averages for the 2012 tax year for zip code 02121, filed in 2013:

Average Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) in 2012: $28,760 (Individual Income Tax Returns)
Here:

$28,760
State:

$81,425

Salary/wage: $27,915 (reported on 89.6% of returns)
Here:

$27,915
State:

$64,752
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 82.3% for AGIs below $25k, 91.1% for AGIs $25k-50k, 89.5% for AGIs $50k-75k, 87.4% for AGIs $75k-100k, 77.4% for AGIs $100k-200k)

Taxable interest for individuals: $294 (reported on 11.3% of returns)
This zip code:

$294
Massachusetts:

$2,136
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 0.1% for AGIs below $25k, 0.1% for AGIs $25k-50k)

Ordinary dividends: $1,362 (reported on 3.0% of returns)
Here:

$1,362
State:

$9,473
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 0.2% for AGIs below $25k, 0.1% for AGIs $25k-50k, 0.3% for AGIs $100k-200k)

Net capital gain/loss in AGI: +$17 (reported on 1.6% of returns)
Here:

+$17
State:

+$31,437
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 0.1% for AGIs $100k-200k)

Profit/loss from business: +$8,141 (reported on 9.5% of returns)
Here:

+$8,141
State:

+$20,662
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 8.4% for AGIs below $25k, 1.2% for AGIs $25k-50k, 0.5% for AGIs $50k-75k, 1.1% for AGIs $75k-100k, 0.6% for AGIs $100k-200k)

Taxable individual retirement arrangement distribution: $11,437 (reported on 2.4% of returns)
02121:

$11,437
Massachusetts:

$18,892
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 0.6% for AGIs below $25k, 0.5% for AGIs $25k-50k, 1.7% for AGIs $50k-75k, 2.9% for AGIs $100k-200k)

Total itemized deductions: $16,284 (27% of AGI, reported on 12.0% of returns)
Here:

$16,284
State:

$28,907

Here:

26.7% of AGI
State:

18.2% of AGI
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 3.0% for AGIs below $25k, 5.2% for AGIs $25k-50k, 9.1% for AGIs $50k-75k, 10.3% for AGIs $75k-100k, 13.3% for AGIs $100k-200k)

Charity contributions: $3,395 (reported on 9.5% of returns)
Here:

$3,395
State:

$4,208
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 0.4% for AGIs below $25k, 0.9% for AGIs $25k-50k, 1.6% for AGIs $50k-75k, 1.6% for AGIs $75k-100k, 2.5% for AGIs $100k-200k)

Taxes paid: $4,279 (reported on 11.9% of returns)
02121:

$4,279
State:

$13,303
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 0.5% for AGIs below $25k, 1.0% for AGIs $25k-50k, 2.5% for AGIs $50k-75k, 3.3% for AGIs $75k-100k, 4.6% for AGIs $100k-200k)

Earned income credit: $2,354 (reported on 38.8% of returns)
Here:

$2,354
State:

$1,971
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 10.9% for AGIs below $25k, 1.6% for AGIs $25k-50k)

Averages for the 2004 tax year for zip code 02121, filed in 2005:

Average Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) in 2004: $25,603 (Individual Income Tax Returns)
Here:

$25,603
State:

$62,877

Salary/wage: $25,759 (reported on 91.3% of returns)
Here:

$25,759
State:

$52,969
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 92.4% for AGIs below $10k, 90.1% for AGIs $10k-25k, 95.1% for AGIs $25k-50k, 93.0% for AGIs $50k-75k, 91.7% for AGIs $75k-100k, 75.6% for AGIs over 100k)

Taxable interest for individuals: $350 (reported on 18.7% of returns)
This zip code:

$350
Massachusetts:

$1,945
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 0.7% for AGIs below $10k, 0.3% for AGIs $10k-25k, 0.2% for AGIs $25k-50k, 0.2% for AGIs $50k-75k, 0.2% for AGIs $75k-100k, 0.4% for AGIs over 100k)

Taxable dividends: $425 (reported on 4.4% of returns)
Here:

$425
State:

$5,323
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 0.2% for AGIs below $10k, 0.1% for AGIs $10k-25k, 0.1% for AGIs $25k-50k, 0.1% for AGIs $50k-75k, 0.0% for AGIs $75k-100k, 0.2% for AGIs over 100k)

Net capital gain/loss: +$8,948 (reported on 2.6% of returns)
Here:

+$8,948
State:

+$20,377
(% of AGI for various income ranges: -0.1% for AGIs below $10k, 0.0% for AGIs $10k-25k, 0.0% for AGIs $25k-50k, 0.1% for AGIs $50k-75k, -0.0% for AGIs $75k-100k, 12.7% for AGIs over 100k)

Profit/loss from business: +$4,834 (reported on 8.0% of returns)
Here:

+$4,834
State:

+$17,837
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 10.0% for AGIs below $10k, 3.6% for AGIs $10k-25k, 0.5% for AGIs $25k-50k, -0.0% for AGIs $50k-75k, 0.1% for AGIs $75k-100k, 0.2% for AGIs over 100k)

IRA payment deduction: $1,540 (reported on 0.7% of returns)
02121:

$1,540
Massachusetts:

$3,100

Total itemized deductions: $14,714 (29% of AGI, reported on 15.0% of returns)
Here:

$14,714
State:

$22,573

Here:

29.1% of AGI
State:

19.5% of AGI
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 5.7% for AGIs below $10k, 4.7% for AGIs $10k-25k, 7.7% for AGIs $25k-50k, 11.8% for AGIs $50k-75k, 13.8% for AGIs $75k-100k, 14.8% for AGIs over 100k)

Charity contributions deductions: $3,177 (6% of AGI, reported on 13.0% of returns)
Here:

$3,177
State:

$3,295

Here:

6.1% of AGI
State:

2.7% of AGI
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 0.4% for AGIs below $10k, 0.7% for AGIs $10k-25k, 1.4% for AGIs $25k-50k, 2.3% for AGIs $50k-75k, 3.1% for AGIs $75k-100k, 3.1% for AGIs over 100k)

Total tax: $3,015 (reported on 58.5% of returns)
02121:

$3,015
State:

$11,494
(% of AGI for various income ranges: 2.2% for AGIs below $10k, 3.0% for AGIs $10k-25k, 6.0% for AGIs $25k-50k, 10.0% for AGIs $50k-75k, 11.5% for AGIs $75k-100k, 15.3% for AGIs over 100k)

Earned income credit: $1,845 (reported on 37.4% of returns)
Here:

$1,845
State:

$1,518

Percentage of individuals using paid preparers for their 2004 taxes: 65.3%
Here:

65%
State:

58%
(% for various income ranges: 62.1% for AGIs below $10k, 68.4% for AGIs $10k-25k, 63.3% for AGIs $25k-50k, 65.5% for AGIs $50k-75k, 72.7% for AGIs $75k-100k, 78.0% for AGIs over 100k)

Estimated median household income in 2013:
This zip code:

$28,238
Massachusetts:

$66,768
Boston, MA (02121) map Nearest zip codes: 02119, 02124, 02120, 02130, 02125, 02126.
Percentage of family households:
This zip code:

53.5%
Massachusetts:

48.3%
Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This zip code:

3.8%
Massachusetts:

6.2%
Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)

Household received Food Stamps/SNAP in the past 12 months: 4,106
Household did not receive Food Stamps/SNAP in the past 12 months: 5,655


Women who had a birth in the past 12 months: 431 (171 now married, 260 unmarried)
Women who did not have a birth in the past 12 months: 7,967 (1,737 now married, 6,230 unmarried)


Housing units in zip code 02121 with a mortgage: 1,759 (166 second mortgage, 260 home equity loan, 25 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 491

Median monthly owner costs for units with a mortgage: $2,322
Median monthly owner costs for units without a mortgage: S764

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2013:
This zip code:

32.3%
Whole state:

11.9%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2013:
This zip code:

13.5%
Whole state:

6.5%
Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.8
State:

6.5
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.2
  • Notable locations in this zip code not listed on our city pages

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  • Notable location: Boston Fire Department Station 24 Grove Hall - Dorchester (A). Display/hide its location on the map

    Churches in zip code 02121 include: First Hatian Baptist Church (A), Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church (B), Saint Mark Congregational Church (C), New Life Resurrection Baptist Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

    Parks in zip code 02121 include: Schoolboy Stadium (1), Franklin Park (2), Franklin Park Zoo (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

    Tourist attraction (not listed on the city page) : Zoo New England (Nature Centers; One Franklin Park Rd).

Year house built

  • 02010 or later
  • 7152000 to 2009
  • 4111990 to 1999
  • 6411980 to 1989
  • 6521970 to 1979
  • 7651960 to 1969
  • 5881950 to 1959
  • 8911940 to 1949
  • 6,4311939 or earlier

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Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses and condos in Boston, MA (02121)

  • 0no bedroom
  • 461 bedroom
  • 6082 bedrooms
  • 9063 bedrooms
  • 3554 bedrooms
  • 3355+ bedrooms

Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Boston, MA (02121)

  • 256no bedroom
  • 1,3991 bedroom
  • 3,0672 bedrooms
  • 1,9343 bedrooms
  • 7114 bedrooms
  • 1445+ bedrooms
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

Cars and other vehicles available in Boston, MA (02121) in owner-occupied houses/condos

  • 295no vehicle
  • 1,0801 vehicle
  • 6402 vehicles
  • 2233 vehicles
  • 124 vehicles
  • 05+ vehicles

Cars and other vehicles available in Boston, MA (02121) in renter-occupied apartments

  • 3,881no vehicle
  • 2,9361 vehicle
  • 5562 vehicles
  • 1223 vehicles
  • 164 vehicles
  • 05+ vehicles

Median gross rent in 2013: $809.


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses and condos in 2013: $1,402,881.

Estimated median house (or condo) value in 2013 for:


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $311,700
02121:

$311,700
Massachusetts:

$327,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $222,800 - $407,800

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $314,517
Here:

$314,517
State:

$401,982

Townhouses or other attached units: $271,111
Here:

$271,111
State:

$361,981

In 2-unit structures: $309,604
Here:

$309,604
State:

$330,410

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $332,901
Here:

$332,901
State:

$354,453

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $193,491
Here:

$193,491
State:

$330,502

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

Housing units in structures:


Unemployment: 23.0%

Neighborhoods in zip code 02121:

Percentage of zip code residents living and working in this county: 74.7%

Household type by relationship:

Households: 26,982

Size of family households: 2,133 2-persons, 1,988 3-persons, 1,070 4-persons, 706 5-persons, 227 6-persons, 157 7-or-more-persons

Size of nonfamily households: 3,046 1-person, 232 2-persons, 112 3-persons, 65 4-persons, 25 6-persons

1,183 married couples with children.
5,148 single-parent households (429 men, 4,719 women).

58.9% of residents of 02121 zip code speak English at home.
25.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (50% very well, 21% well, 22% not well, 7% not at all).
13.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (59% very well, 21% well, 16% not well, 4% not at all).
1.0% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (47% very well, 37% well, 16% not well).
1.6% of residents speak other language at home (56% very well, 27% well, 13% not well, 4% not at all).

Foreign born population: 7,578 (28.0%)
(48.7% of them are naturalized citizens)
This zip code:

28.0%
Whole state:

15.6%

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents

  • 28%Dominican Republic
  • 16%Haiti
  • 8%Trinidad and Tobago
  • 7%Jamaica
  • 7%Cape Verde
  • 4%Other Caribbean
  • 3%Guyana

Most common first ancestries reported in 02121 (%)

  • 69%Other groups
  • 6%Haitian
  • 3%Cape Verdean
  • 3%Jamaican
  • 2%American
  • 2%African
  • 1%West Indian

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 4982010 or later
  • 3,2402000 to 2009
  • 2,0571990 to 1999
  • 3,068Before 1990

Public high schools in zip code 02121 not listed on the city page:

  • BOSTON LATIN ACADEMY (Students: 1,645; Location: 205 TOWNSEND STREET, DORCHESTER, MA; Grades: 07 - 12)
  • JEREMIAH E BURKE HIGH (Students: 859; Location: 60 WASHINGTON STREET, DORCHESTER, MA; Grades: 09 - 12)

Zip code 02121 topographic map

Public primary/middle schools in zip code 02121 not listed on the city page:

  • JOHN P HOLLAND (Students: 764; Location: 85 OLNEY STREET, DORCHESTER, MA; Grades: PK - 05)
  • NEW BOSTON PILOT MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 678; Location: 270 COLUMBIA ROAD, DORCHESTER, MA; Grades: 06 - 08)
  • WILLIAM MONROE TROTTER (Students: 556; Location: 135 HUMBOLDT AVENUE, DORCHESTER, MA; Grades: PK - 05)
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING JR MID (Students: 431; Location: 77 LAWRENCE AVENUE, DORCHESTER, MA; Grades: 06 - 08)
  • SARAH GREENWOOD (Students: 390; Location: 189 GLENWAY STREET, DORCHESTER, MA; Grades: PK - 08)
  • BOSTON MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMY (Students: 23; Location: 2 MCLELLAN STREET, DORCHESTER, MA; Grades: 06 - 08)
  • QUINCY E DICKERMAN (Students: 226; Location: 206 MAGNOLIA STREET, ROXBURY, MA; Grades: PK - 05)

Private primary/middle schools not listed on the city page:

  • MOTHER CAROLINE ACADEMY (Students: 59; Location: 515 BLUE HILL AVENUE, DORCHESTER, MA; Grades: 5 - 8; Girls only)
  • DR JOHNSON CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 24; Location: #9 OTISFIELD ST, DORCHESTER, MA; Grades: KG - 3)
  • BUSY BEE DAY CARE CENTER (Students: 27; Location: 100 HUTCHINGS STREET, ROXBURY, MA; Grades: KG - KG)
There are 82 Medical Specialists in Zip Code 02121.

Major facilities with environmental interests located in this zip code:


Zip code 02121 marital status for males
Zip code 02121 marital status for females

Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1.8%
Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4.0%

Most commonly used house heating fuel

  • 59%Utility gas
  • 25%Electricity
  • 15%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1%No fuel used

Population in 1990: 25,602. Population change in the 1990s: -545 (-2.1%).

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


60% of the 02121 zip code residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 84% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 50% lived in Massachusetts.

84% of the 02121 zip code residents lived in the same house 1 year ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 71% moved from this county.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 19% moved from different county within same state.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 5% moved from different state.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 5% moved from abroad.

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Private vs. public school enrollment:

Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 161
Here:

4.5%
Massachusetts:

9.2%
Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 137
Here:

7.4%
Massachusetts:

10.8%
Students in private undergraduate colleges: 591
Here:

27.7%
Massachusetts:

45.6%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Class of Workers (%)

Occupation by median earnings in the past 12 months ($)

  • 76,492Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations
  • 65,962Computer and mathematical occupations
  • 63,194Business and financial operations occupations
  • 56,818Law enforcement workers including supervisors
  • 54,766Legal occupations
  • 49,732Management occupations

Companies with federal contracts located in this zip code:

Top industries in this zip code by the number of employees in 2005:


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

People in group quarters in 2010:

  • 33 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 12 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 11 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 3 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)

People in group quarters in 2000:

  • 35 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 25 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 14 people in halfway houses
  • 14 people in nursing homes
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 5 full and 10 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED55$271,793117$165,889114$232,36813$114,0193$729,06747$211,160
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED4$303,29316$196,54320$253,11810$57,9350$06$219,668
APPLICATIONS DENIED33$294,60481$133,763133$252,09432$56,1370$023$269,467
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN15$285,66231$151,95557$247,6699$152,7840$013$225,845
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS8$227,6449$191,95428$272,3482$43,3950$05$196,668
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 8 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
NumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED4$126,555
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED2$325,465
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN2$39,440
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in zip code 02121 among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John16370.7 years
James13069.7 years
Mary12674.9 years
William11272.6 years
Robert8066.2 years
Joseph7672.3 years
George6669.9 years
Charles6670.9 years
Elizabeth4274.9 years
Arthur4175.2 years
Most common last names in zip code 02121 among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Williams9471.6 years
Jones7166.6 years
Smith6274.5 years
Johnson6271.2 years
Brown4873.1 years
Jackson4873.2 years
Harris4271.7 years
Davis4063.1 years
Thomas3373.1 years
Wilson3072.7 years
Businesses in zip code 02121
NameCountNameCount
Ashley Furniture1Dunkin Donuts1
Burger King1Stop & Shop1
CVS1

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