Located across the Mystic River from Boston, Chelsea is the second most densely populated city in Massachusetts after Somerville. Chelsea has an estimated population of 36,828 and a total area of 2.5 square miles. It is known for its high level of industrial activity. In recent decades, after a long period of decline, Chelsea has experienced a significant and sustained period of economic growth. A large part of this growth has involved the city’s housing market.
Since 2005, Chelsea has added over 1,200 homes, many of them condominiums and loft-style apartments. Increasingly, Chelsea is developing a reputation as a vibrant and exciting neighborhood that offers affordably priced homes and convenient access to Boston.
In terms of transportation options, Chelsea is served by the MBTA Commuter Rail. Service runs from Boston’s North Station to the Chelsea Station on the Newburyport/Rockport Line. There are also a number of MBTA bus routes, which provide local service to East Boston, Revere and Everett, among other cities.
In 2014, the MassDOT Board of Directors approved a construction contract extending the MBTA’s Silver Line from East Boston to Chelsea, which will improve the city’s regional connectivity.