Grove Hall Boundaries
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The center of the Grove Hall area is commonly understood to be the intersection of Blue Hill Avenue with Washington Street and Warren Street. For the purposes of this study, we will define the Grove Hall neighborhood to include the area of the five U.S. Census tracts that surround that central crossroads. These five census tracts are 820, 821, 901, 902, and 903. The overall boundaries follow Seaver Street from Blue Hill Avenue to Humboldt Avenue and then follow Humboldt Avenue to Townsend Street. The boundary follows Townsend Street and Quincy Street across Warren Street and Blue Hill Avenue to Columbia Road. It then follows the railroad tracks down to Harvard Street, following that street until it turns right on Glenway Street for several blocks. It then goes along Bradshaw Street until turning up McLellan Street. The boundary follows McLellan Street to Blue Hill Avenue and then to the intersection with Seaver Street again.
Poverty rates in Grove Hall are higher than they are in the City of Boston overall, in the state, and in the nation. In Grove Hall, 29 percent of individuals live below the poverty level compared to 20 percent in the city overall, nine percent in the state, and 12 percent in the nation. Additionally, a higher percentage of young people are living below the poverty level than in the general population. While 29 percent of the population in Grove Hall lives below the poverty level, 37 percent of youth under the age of 18 live below poverty level.
While the majority of children in Grove Hall live with at least one parent, only 23 percent live with their parent(s) in a married couple family.64 The majority of children (55 percent) live with their mothers with no husband present. This is much higher than the proportion of children living with their mothers with no husband present nationally, statewide and in the City of Boston overall. In census tracts 902 and 903, over 60 percent of the children who live in households live with their mothers with no husband present.
The adult population of Grove Hall is less likely to hold formal educational degrees than the adult populations in the City of Boston, in Massachusetts, and across the nation. Statewide, while 85 percent of adults are high school graduates, in Grove Hall only 72 percent have graduated from high school. And while a third of Massachusetts adults have bachelor’s degrees, only 12 percent of the adults in Grove Hall have bachelor’s degrees. The Grove Hall census tract with the least formal education is census tract 821, where only 65 percent of the population has a high school degree and only seven percent of the population has a bachelor’s degree.
Households in Grove Hall are more likely to be linguistically isolated than households across the nation and households across the state. Approximately nine percent of households in Grove Hall are linguistically isolated, which means that no person age 14 and over speaks only English, and no person age 14 and over who speaks a language other than English speaks English “very well.” Of the 555 linguistically isolated households in Grove Hall, 67 percent speak Spanish and 29 percent speak another Indo-European language. In census tract 902, 14 percent of the households are linguistically isolated, which is higher than the other Grove Hall census tracts and higher than the city overall.
Jewish Institutions in Grove Hall