About Mission Hill
Mission Hill is a one square mile neighborhood located approximately one mile from Boston’s downtown business district. Approximately three quarters of the neighborhood is residential, made-up of privately owned one to three family buildings and a number of multi-family buildings. Mission Hill’s population of 18,722 people is racially and economically diverse.
The neighborhood was named in March 2008 as one of 25 "Best Zip Codes in Massachusetts" by the Boston Globe, citing increased value in single-family homes, plentiful restaurants and shopping, a marked racial diversity and that 65% of residents walk, bike or take transit to work.
Atop the hill is New England Baptist Hospital and McLaughlin Playground, which extends from the hospital grounds down Parker Hill Avenue. McLaughlin Playground is one of the highest points in the city where you can observe a panoramic view of downtown Boston, Boston Harbor, and the Blue Hills.
The Longwood Medical Area (LMA) makes up the other one quarter of the neighborhood. Within the LMA are 21 institutions focusing on health care, research, education and cultural activities. These institutions are responsible for the largest concentration of jobs in City of Boston outside of the central business district employing 37,000 people with more than 52,000 people working or studying in the LMA on a typical weekday.