The largest neighborhood in Boston is also one of the most diverse. Long-time residents mingle together with new immigrants from Vietnam, Cape Verde, Ireland, and many other countries.
This wonderful mix of residents from all cultures and backgrounds makes it an incredibly vibrant place to live, work, and spend time. Former residents can often be seen and heard claiming to be “OFD” — Originally From Dorchester.
Boston, MA 02121
Other zip codes
02122, 02124, and 02125
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About the neighborhood
Field’s Corner is the heart of the Vietnamese community in Boston. There you’ll find the first Vietnamese Community Center in the country and the best Vietnamese restaurants in the City. Dorchester Avenue is the center of the business district and features restaurants, local small businesses, pharmacies, ethnic stores, and more.
Dorchester is also home to Franklin Park, the “crown jewel” of the Emerald Necklace Park System. The park has more 527 acres of green space, a zoo, and public golf course. Among the dozens of other parks in the neighborhood, recently renovated Pope John Paul II Park offers numerous walking and bike paths, athletic fields, and picnic areas with beautiful views of Boston Harbor and the Neponset River.