Research Publications

Explore the BPDA Research Division publications below by keyword, neighborhood, or topic. If you have questions about these documents, or are looking for specific information, please review the Frequently Requested Information page. This page features publications covering the most requested economic and demographic data for Boston.

A Prosperous Boston for All: Community Economic Impact Series

N/A Neighborhoods

Jan 09 2020 Publication Date

Throughout 2019, the Mayor's Office of Economic Development hosted a series of discussions exploring the economic contributions and challenges facing different communities in Boston. The thumbnail image provides a pdf of all the presentations given to date, while the following links provide access to individual community presentations.

Topics: Population & Demographics
Methodological Differences in Census Programs

N/A Neighborhoods

Nov 26 2019 Publication Date

This white paper reviews the three following census programs: Decennial Census, Population Estimates Program’s (PEP) Annual Estimates of the Resident Population, and the American Community Survey (ACS). The paper examines the differences between the programs and how their methodologies affect Boston population estimates.

Topics: Population & Demographics
Brazilians in Massachusetts

N/A Neighborhoods

Nov 21 2019 Publication Date

With a Brazilian population of 111,224 in 2017, Massachusetts was home to 16% of all Brazilians in the United States. This report provides a demographic profile of Brazilians living in Massachusetts, including those who were born in Brazil and others who claim Brazilian ancestry.

Topics: Population & Demographics
Neighborhood Profiles 2019

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Aug 21 2019 Publication Date

A brief overview of demographic, economic, and development data for each Boston neighborhood. This is an update to the Neighborhood Profiles released in 2017. Click the thumbnail image for a compilation of all profiles, or click on the following links for individual neighborhood profiles: Allston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Downtown, East Boston, Fenway, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Longwood, Mattapan, Mission Hill, North End, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, South Boston Waterfront, South End, West End, West Roxbury

Topics: Population & Demographics
Boston Economy Report 2019

N/A Neighborhoods

Aug 13 2019 Publication Date

Boston's Economy 2019 report details Boston’s recent economic growth. It covers trends in employment, wages, housing prices, and real estate. This report introduces the BPDA's employment forecast, which explores how the rate of housing production and the area's skilled workforce may impact the pace of local job growth. The Spotlight Section covers Boston’s higher education industry examining enrollment, graduation, and tuition trends. Finally, the Forecast Section describes the outlook for Boston’s economic future, hinting at continued growth. This report was updated on September 10, 2019.

For a presentation version of the Economy Report, click here: Boston's Economy 2019 Presentation

Topics: Economy & Jobs
Boston 2030 Population Projections (2019 Revision)

N/A Neighborhoods

Jul 31 2019 Publication Date

This presentation examines historical trends in Boston's population and introduces the 2019 revision of Boston Planning and Development Agency's population projections for Boston through 2030. The 2016 version of the projections is available here.

Topics: Population & Demographics
Boston: Most NIH Funds for 24 Consecutive Years

N/A Neighborhoods

Mar 06 2019 Publication Date

In 2018, Boston continued its unparalleled 24-year record with more funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other city in the United States. This report delves into funding provided by the National Institutes of Health for FY2018, with a focus on grant recipients in Boston. This report also cites advancements in science and medicine among grant recipients, including research institutes, hospitals, universities, and private companies.

Topics: Economy & Jobs
The Importance of Small and Micro Businesses in Boston

N/A Neighborhoods

Feb 15 2019 Publication Date

An analysis of micro businesses (less than 5 employees) and small businesses (less than 50 employees) in Boston, focusing on industry distribution, employment, and economic impact.

Topics: Labor Market
Demographic Profile of Adult Limited English Speakers in Massachusetts

N/A Neighborhoods

Feb 06 2019 Publication Date

Limited English-Speaking (LES) adults are those who self-report as speaking English less than "very well." This report details where LES adults live in Massachusetts, their population demographics, and workforce statistics.

Topics: Language
Boston in Context 2019

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Jan 25 2019 Publication Date

Boston in Context tabulates various social, demographic, and economic characteristics from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey by Boston Neighborhood. Citywide totals as well as totals for Massachusetts and the United States are provided for comparison. Data on slides 22-23 revised June, 2019.

Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Households & Families, Race
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