Boston may be small, but the diversity of its neighborhoods is vast, and nothing says more about you than the part of Boston you call home...according to some.
But it's the variety that makes Boston what it is. You can walk 5 minutes in one direction and be transported from a yuppie, fast-paced, city street to a yoga infested, peacefully quiet grassy park.
Each neighborhood (yes, I am aware that some of these aren't "technically" part of Boston) has its ups and downs, and I'm not here to say which area is better than the next (not that I could change your mind anyways). And while some of these stereotypes may not be 100% true...there's got to be a reason why they've been branded with this image in the first place, right?
Where do all those Boston students live? Allston-Brighton. Of course the area isn't only packed with university-going youngins, there are plenty of 22-year-olds decked out in skinny jeans, Ramones tee shirts, pulling on cigarettes and discussing plans for band practice. Or where to play beer pong.
Back Bay is known for two things: the shopping (hello, Newbury), and its historical architecture. Both which make it a rather unaffordable place to live. AKA this is where the fancy folk reside. So if you're not one of the tourists swarming the streets of the Back Bay, you're a resident sipping a morning cocktail at Stephanie's, stroking your Shih Tzu.
Beacon Hill is filled with old money, making for an easy stereotype of the area: just plain wealthy. If you live here, your neighbor is probably a politician, your apartment is probably the size of a shoebox, and your wardrobe is probably 80% LL Bean. And you're obsessed with the Paramount. (That French Toast though...)
Quaint, quiet...some would even say...suburban? Brookline is stereotypically for those who are settled with families, and content with staying over in their little bubble - it is on the green line after all.
Hipsters or nerds - take your pick. Actually, I'm sure you could find a few double whammies over there. Feeling a bit intellectual today? Head over to Kendall Square for a craft beer, avo toast and an enthralling conversation about that new VC-backed bot startup.
If you ain't a townie (AKA - have lived in Charlestown for over 15 years), you ain't welcome...because you're probably, you know, a yuppie.
Dorchester has a bad rep for being one of the worst areas in Boston. But just like any city, not every square foot can be all matcha lattes and Prada purses.
It's the home of the green monster - what do you expect? Loud and drunk. Either from tourists or students (the ones who refuse to live in Allston ever again and have somehow convinced mom and dad to pay for their absurdly high rent).
One of the most diverse areas of Boston, if you live in JP you'll likely be assumed to be Latino, a Yogi, or of the LGBT community. And you definitely own a dog.
This stereotype is easy: Italian. If you live in the area, you avoid Hanover St at all costs; you know the secret places to get the best cannoli (ie: at your 65 year-old neighbor's).
The more affordable (and spacious digs) are definitely a plus, and the vivacious and trendy bar scene is starting to rival its neighbor, Cambridge. Overall, stereotypical Somerville? (Aside from the ones who have lived there forever,) lots of young professionals and new families.
Southie is made up of two distinct stereotypes: the old school Irish and the new school bros. Five minutes in to any visit to South Boston and you'll overhear some conversation about Southie pride.
Trendy, upscale, chic...that Boston charm with extra class. Think lots of nice cars, adorable brownstones, expensive boutiques - and the people that come with them.
*Disclaimer: These are not MY views of these areas, just STEREOTYPES collected over time.*