7 Ways You Know You're From Boston


Boston is a city that is fiercely loved by its citizens. With its rich colonial history and its place as the urban center of New England, it is also a popular destination for tourists, but Boston locals certainly know how to make their presence known. Noted for their die-hard dedication to local sports, their curiously strong accents and an ability to create parking spots out of thin air, Bostonians are a unique sort. If you're from Boston, the items on this list should sound familiar to you.

You avoid the Green B Line like the plague
Bostonians love to complain about the MBTA, and one of the most deserving objects is this branch of the Green Line that runs along Comm Ave from Kenmore Square to Boston College. It's crowded (mostly with college students), it's often late, it stops every other block...really you might as well walk if you're on any sort of schedule.

You haven't been to Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market since high school
Yes, these landmarks are historic, but once you've been to this area you recognize that it's really just an outdoor mall and a glorified food court. If you want to stand in a sea of tourists to watch street performers, go right ahead, but there are better places in town to sample iconic Boston fare like chowder bread bowls and Regina's pizza.

You feel more comfortable when you can see a Dunkin' Donuts from where you're standing
In Massachusetts, we don't have "doughnuts" and "doughnut holes," we have Donuts and Munchkins. This classic coffee and donut chain was founded and is still headquartered in Massachusetts, a fact that seems glaringly obvious when you walk down the streets of Boston and see a familiar orange and pink sign on every corner. If you go into Dunkin' Donuts and know what you're getting when you order a "regular coffee," you must be from Boston.

You use your car horn liberally
When you're regularly driving down narrow one-way streets and sitting in miles of traffic on 93 or Storrow Drive, you become inured to the sound of car horns. While we prefer to think of ourselves as "aggressive" drivers rather than "bad" drivers, it's undeniable that everyone is impatient in their quest to get home, and no one is quiet about it. Out-of-towners may be horrified, but in Boston it's honk or be honked at.

You've saved your parking spot with a chair
Street parking in Boston is an arduous task any day of the year, but during a snowstorm it becomes downright cutthroat. For years, Bostonians who have spent hours digging their car out of a snowbank assert their right to a spot by placing objects — often chairs — in it until they return. The practice is controversial, but many people respect it, and the city officially tolerates it — for up to 48 hours after a storm.

You'll never consider the Charles River clean enough to swim in
In 2013, a major cleanup initiative declared the lower Charles River clean enough to swim in for the first time in over 50 years. However, pollution levels are still closely monitored, and swimming is only allowed on certain days and in certain areas. The river's long history of pollution keeps locals dubious, and I think we'll continue to stay out of the Charles. We love that dirty water, but not enough to jump into it.

You know the words to "Sweet Caroline," even if you don't like baseball...or Neil Diamond
The Red Sox are synonymous with Boston, and "Sweet Caroline" is synonymous with the Red Sox. Most Bostonians, regardless of the rabidity of their fandom, have been to a game at Fenway Park, where the song has been playing since the 90s to rousing singalongs.

Julia is a full-time editor and part-time freelance writer transplanted from Boston to Denver. She is thriving on the transition and has enjoyed the exploration of both cities and everything in between.