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Data: Jamaica Plain Fifth-Most Prideful Boston Neighborhood

Election data about whether you sign your checks "Boston" or "Jamaica Plain" puts us behind Hyde Park, Roslindale, Charlestown and Dorchester.

Do you give your address as Jamaica Plain or Boston?

While reviewing some recent Federal Election Commission data to get a , we noticed a snag: many residents listed their neighborhood instead of Boston on the "city" line of their contribution.

So, we did a little analysis. Of the 574 checks written from the 02130 Zip Code to presidential candidates, only 97 listed themselves as being in Boston. The rest said they lived in Jamaica Plain. That gives JP an 85.5 percent rate of neighborhood pride—enough to make it Boston’s fifth-most prideful neighborhood.

The top spot goes to Hyde Park, where just one check out of 56 from the 02136 Zip Code listed its city as Boston.

Residents of several other neighborhoods opted not to label themselves as Bostonians, but, notably, the entire population of the city's downtown core listed their place of residence as Boston.

Now, this isn’t exactly a comprehensive survey, but it does give us a window into how Boston’s residents think of themselves.

Selected data from the analysis:

Neighborhood

Checks from
“Boston”

Checks from
neighborhood

Checks
Total

Pride
rate

Hyde Park

1

55

56

98.2%

Roslindale

11

162

173

93.6%

Charlestown

14

172

186

92.5%

Dorchester

60

396

456

86.8%

Jamaica Plain

97

574

671

85.5%

West Roxbury

43

158

201

78.6%

South Boston

116

53

169

31.4%

Chris Helms (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Full disclosure here -- When I lived in West Roxbury, I put "Boston" on my mail and resume. Since moving here in 2004, I always put JP. Don't tell anyone in Westie!
Chris Child July 05, 2012 at 12:15 PM
"but, notably, the entire population of the city's downtown core listed their place of residence as Boston." That's not quite an accurate comparison, one of the reasons most of the neighborhoods you cited above do list their neighborhood rather than Boston is because the name of the post office of their zip code is that neighborhood - i.e. 02130 is Jamaica Plain, 02129 is Charlestown, while all the downtown locations are not - 02116 is Boston (not Back Bay or South End), 02115 is Boston (not Fenway or Kenmore), 02114 is Boston (not Beacon Hill), 02111 is Boston (not Chinatown), 02113 is Boston (not North End) ...
Anita Anger July 09, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I moved here (JP) in May 2011. I always use JP--address labels, checks, etc. Can't imagine writing Boston. I'm happy to be living in JP! The one thing you might not be able to check is those of us who always give online, which is what I do--for Warren, Obama, DCCC, etc.

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