Mission Hill

Welcome to Mission Hill, Boston

Mission Hill is an exceptional neighborhood that is part of Roxbury. The neighborhood is within walkable minutes of Boston's most special places, such as Fenway Park and Kenmore Square. Populated with historic brick row houses and triple-decker homes that date back to the 19th century, the Victorian vibe in Mission Hill is captivating and quite conspicuous.

The original name of this neighborhood was Parker Hill — after the area's notable geographical features, grassy fields with distant views of towering city buildings. In 1870, the name was changed to Mission Hill, after the opening of the Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (the Mission Church).

Mission Hill covers less than a square mile, but what it lacks in area, it makes up for in character. Surrounding the neighborhood are schools and hospitals, but this small community has quiet spots filled with green spaces like the Back of the Urban Wild and the Iroquois Woods, perfect for outdoor relaxation. 

What to Love

  • The annual commemoration at Roller Disco Party on City Hall Plaza of Donna Summer–the Queen of Disco 
  • Boston's exquisite Roman Catholic Basilica–Our Lady of Perpetual Help, serves as the neighborhood's stronghold.
  • Family-friendly and student-oriented community
  • Surplus of luxury properties available for the investment savvy

People and Lifestyle

Mission Hill in Suffolk County is the perfect combination of picturesque charm and modern life. As a walkable urban area, you can take strolls to see luxurious shopping centers, condominiums, and Victorian-style homes. 

This neighborhood is ideal for students, working professionals, and couples with small residential properties. It is also a perfect fit for people who consider themselves history buffs, love the city setting, and desire access to what Boston has to offer.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Thanks to its physical location, you can enjoy scenic views of Boston from various spots, like the Mission Hill Playground on Tremont Street. The playground's new renovations include a basketball court and a softball field.

For food lovers, you can serve your palates tasty delights from a variety of newer restaurants in the neighborhood. Enjoy an authentic Thai menu at Laughing Monk Cafe served by renowned chef Nick Korboon, and have brunch at the all-American restaurant Milkweed or traditional and modern Mexican meals at Chilacates. You can also revel in delicious handmade pasta at Lily’s Gourmet Pasta, or peruse the menu at The Underground Cafe and Lounge, offering extensive options for any appetite or preference.

For a shopper who seeks an elevated shopping experience, Copley's Place is a leading purveyor of the world's most luxurious items. The center has over 50 iconic luxury brands, including Louis Vuitton, Dior, Gucci, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Tiffany and CO, Burberry, Yves Saint Laurent, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Neiman Marcus.

In addition, this upscale center includes two levels of shopping, access to two exquisite hotels–The Boston Marriott Copley Place and The Westin Hotel, a 1,400-square foot parking space, and four office buildings. The center is open from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Things to do

Mission Hill neighborhood bustles with activities from the various architectural, historical, and entertainment spots. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, provides visitors exclusive views of impressionist art and Egyptian treasures, while Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum showcases art treasures in a Venetian-style palace.

For outdoor lovers, McLaughlin Park is the perfect place to walk your dog, enjoy beautiful views, go for a jog, or people-watch. Mission Hill neighborhood offers its residents fresh local produce at the Mission Hill Farmers Market at Roxbury Crossing or Brigham Circle. The market at Brigham Circle opens every Thursday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.


Mission Hill is home to some of the best schools in Boston, Massachusetts. The leading educational institutions include:

O'Bryant School of Math and Science (Grade 7-12)
Mission Hill K-8 school (K-8)
Mission Grammar School (K1-6)

Overview for Mission Hill, MA

15,944 people live in Mission Hill, where the median age is 29 and the average individual income is $34,771. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Mission Hill, MA

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The following schools are within or nearby Mission Hill. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Roxbury Preparatory Charter School
5th - 12th
Our Lady Of Perpetual Help/Mission Grammar School
PreK - 6th
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Maurice J Tobin
PreK - 8th
No rating available

Demographics and Employment Data for Mission Hill, MA

Mission Hill has 6,366 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Mission Hill do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 15,944 people call Mission Hill home. The population density is 39,099.568 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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