Report: Health care, education dominate local economy

Mission Hill’s business economy is dominated by its health care and educational institutions, according to a new business report by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA).

Released by the BRA in August, “Boston’s Neighborhood Business Patterns” offers statistics on the local economies of various neighborhoods. It does not list Mission Hill as its own neighborhood, but instead breaks it up into rough halves, with one half in Fenway/Kenmore and the other half in Roxbury, making accurate analysis impossible without the raw data.

The Gazette’s analysis of the report found that health care and social assistance; educational services; and leisure and hospitality are the leading industries in Mission Hill. Five Hill employers have more than 500 employees.

Of the 10 largest employers reported in the Fenway and Roxbury neighborhoods, four are in Mission Hill or the Longwood Medical Area: Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Children’s Hospital, Boston; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; and New England Baptist Hospital.

Mission Hill does not appear in the report because of the source of the data analysis: postal ZIP codes. Mission Hill is a relatively small area in two ZIP codes that cover larger pieces of other neighborhoods.

“Mission Hill shares a ZIP code with other neighborhoods, and therefore, we’re not able to tease out Mission Hill using these data,” said BRA Research Manager Kelly Dowd.

Dowd said the report is based on ZIP codes “because the U.S. Census Bureau only releases employment data at the ZIP code level.”

She said a special report with more detailed data—which can be used for a more precise description of Mission Hill—will be prepared.

Mission Hill encompasses parts of the 02120 and 02115 zip codes.

In the map used by this report, Roxbury is defined as the ZIP codes 02119, 02120 and 02121, while Fenway/Kenmore covers the 02115 and 02215 ZIP codes.

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