Butchers Hill, Baltimore

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Butchers Hill Historic District
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The corner of Chester and Pratt Streets, March 2012
Butchers Hill, Baltimore is located in Baltimore
Butchers Hill, Baltimore
Butchers Hill, Baltimore is located in Maryland
Butchers Hill, Baltimore
Butchers Hill, Baltimore is located in the United States
Butchers Hill, Baltimore
LocationRoughly Bounded by Patterson Park Ave., Fayette, Pratt, Chapel, Washington, and Chester Sts., Baltimore, Maryland
Coordinates39°17′29″N 76°35′13″W / 39.29139°N 76.58694°W / 39.29139; -76.58694Coordinates: 39°17′29″N 76°35′13″W / 39.29139°N 76.58694°W / 39.29139; -76.58694
Area57 acres (23 ha)
Architectural styleLate Victorian
NRHP reference #82001582 [1]
Added to NRHPDecember 28, 1982

Butchers Hill is a neighborhood in Southeast Baltimore, Maryland, United States. It is north of Fells Point, east of Washington Hill, and northwest of Patterson Park. It is south of Fayette Street, west of Patterson Park Avenue, north of Pratt Street, and east of Washington Street. It is in the 21231 zip code.

As its name suggests, Butchers Hill was once home to butchers and poultry preparers, many who were German American and Jewish American. It was a village prior to the Civil War. Although today it is considered to be less affluent than Fells Point, it was once the more prosperous community of the two. This is reflected in the larger size of the rowhouses. Butchers Hill is in proximity to more gentrified sections of Fells Point, the draw of Patterson Park, and the employment center on Johns Hopkins Hospital. Many artists reside in the neighborhood. A portion of it is a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

Many of the homes in this area have recently seen extensive renovations and urban development, and as a result, the neighborhood is increasingly popular among young professionals. Butchers Hill is a popular residence for students, residents, and staff at the nearby Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Hospital, and is one of the neighborhoods eligible for the Johns Hopkins "Live Near Your Work" grant incentive program toward down payments for full-time employees to purchase a home in the neighborhood.

Laura Lippman's novel Butchers Hill tells the story of a private investigator working in this part of Baltimore.


As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 1,967 people residing in the neighborhood. The racial makeup of Butchers Hill was 51.9% White, 25.4% African American, 3.3% Native American, 2.6% Asian, 3.4% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.7% of the population. 43.6% of occupied housing units were owner-occupied. 24.6% of housing units were vacant. Butchers Hill is a popular neighborhood for students from the nearby Johns Hopkins medical campus.

74.6% of the population were employed, 2.3% were unemployed, and 23.1% were not in the labor force. The median household income was $36,636. About 23.9% of families and 23.5% of the population were below the poverty line.

Butchers Hill is home to many Irish-Americans, Polish-Americans, and Ukrainian-Americans, as well as African-Americans, Lumbee Native Americans, and a growing Hispanic and Latino population.[4]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ William J. Pencek, Jr. (August 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Butchers Hill Historic District" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "When questions of urban living steer their way into our vision". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2015-04-17.

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