10 Facts About West Roxbury


West Roxbury is a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts bordered by Roslindale to the northeast, the town of Brookline to the north, the city of Newton to the northwest and the town of Dedham to the southwest.

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West Roxbury is often mistakenly confused with Roxbury, but, by around 6 miles, the two are not connected.

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West Roxbury is separated from Roxbury by Jamaica Plain and Roslindale.

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West Roxbury seceded from Roxbury in 1851, and was annexed by Boston in 1874.

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West Roxbury Main Streets is a local non-profit that works to enhance and promote the business district.

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West Roxbury is home to several places of worship, including three Catholic parishes, churches of various Protestant denominations, and a Jewish synagogue.

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Until the 2000 census West Roxbury's population had been recorded as declining slightly, but it increased at the 2010 census.

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West Roxbury has historically been a heavily Irish Catholic neighborhood.

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When West Roxbury was still part of Roxbury, the town's first burial place was what is today Eliot Burying Ground, near Dudley Square.

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West Roxbury became part of the City of Boston on 5 January 1874.

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