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Mayor Menino Announces MyNeighborhood Census Viewer

Nov 10, 2011

Today Mayor Menino announced the launch of the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s MyNeighborhood Census Viewer.  The web-based application developed by the BRA’s Research Division allows users to interact with demographic data from the 2010 Census. “This innovative tool empowers residents to explore their neighborhoods in new ways, and makes available to the public a wealth of community information in an easily accessible format,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Users can draw boundaries on a map that is part of the application, using several different built-in tools, and then view 2010 Census information for the selected area such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, household characteristics, and housing occupancy.  In addition to being able to view the data in the application, it can also be downloaded. BRA Research Division The BRA's Research Division compiles and analyzes current, historical, and comparative data on Boston's economy, population and commercial markets.  Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and many other secondary sources, as well as proprietary databases, the Research Division produces quality research to inform residents, government, and community and business leaders. Boston’s Population Boston’s population is 617,594 residents, a 4.8% increase over the 2000 Census or 28,453 people.  Comparatively, Boston’s population grew by 14,858 between 1990 and 2000, or 2.6%.  This marks the first time since the 1970s that Boston’s population exceeded 600,000.  Boston continues to be a majority-minority city with 53% of the population non-white or Hispanic.  In 2000, racial and ethnic minority groups made up 51% of Boston’s total population.

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