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: