Milton – Voted in 2007 and 2009 as a top- ten “Best Places to Live” by Money Magazine, Milton is as close as you can get to living in upscale, southwest Boston without living in Boston. Milton is the most affluent town in our study with a mean household income of over $120K. Located desirably on the I-93 Expressway, it borders Mattapan and Hyde Park, the city of Quincy, and the town of Canton. The population of Mattapan (predominantly Caribbean) is migrating into the northern section of Milton. The total population reachable from the town is over 100,000.
One of the most challenging planting scenarios in Boston, Milton will need a planter who can afford to live in the town and blend into the culture. Someone with a Northeast education who has worked in Corporate America would likely be able to relate to a town that is 50 percent Catholic and has only a highly liberal representation of evangelicals. The planter for Milton would for one, get the whole Irish thing and second, would have to learn how to minister to people who have little financial needs. A ministry for kids, youth and college students would also have great opportunities here.
- Population – 25,600
- Household mean income – $122,000
- Median age – 40.6
- College degree – 52.1 percent
- White – 82.5 percent
- Black – 11.2 percent, Asian 4.9
- Irish heritage – 38 percent, giving claim to the moniker “Most Irish Town in America”
- SBC churches – 0
Get the US Census Data
- Community Facts – Use this US Census search to find a number of different demographic reports that should be very useful
First View 2010 for Zip 02186 – Church-specific research from PreceptGroup reflecting People and Place, Faces of Diversity, Community Issues, and Faith Preferences.
Moving to Milton
Rental opportunities of any kind in Milton are next to none. The planter for Milton could either purchase a home in the $500K range or be forced to live just across town lines in Mattapan, Dorchester or Quincy. – see www.rent.com.