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.

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Cape Verdeans: A Prosperous Boston for All

N/A Neighborhoods

Apr 10 2019 Publication Date

Almost 16,000 Cape Verdeans live in Boston, including those who were born in Cape Verde and those born in the U.S. who claim Cape Verdean ancestry. This presentation, given on April 10th, 2019, was the first in the Community Economic Impact Series hosted by the Mayor's Office of Economic Development. It presents demographic and economic information about Boston's Cape Verdean community. Additional information about Cape Verdeans in the Boston area can be found in the following presentations: Cape Verdeans in Three Massachusetts Cities, Cape Verdeans in Brockton, and Cape Verdeans in New Bedford.


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

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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

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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

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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.


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Households & Families, Race
Boston at a Glance 2019

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Jan 22 2019 Publication Date

A two-page reference guide to frequently requested information about Boston's population and development. The primary data source is the 2013-2017 5-year American Community Survey. Updated January 28, 2019 to ensure consistency with prior publications.


Topics: Population & Demographics
Demographic Trends in Boston 2010-2017

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Jan 11 2019 Publication Date

Boston has experienced rapid population growth in recent years. This report uses the most recent American Community Survey to examine how the composition of Boston's population has changed from 2010 to 2017. Variables covering age, race, educational attainment, income, housing, and transportation are included.


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Households & Families, Language, Race
Approaches to Immigration Policy and their Impacts on Boston

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Jan 08 2019 Publication Date

Boston’s healthcare, scientific, educational, and finance sectors have driven its recent economic growth. Foreign-born workers have supplied needed labor in these sectors. Using the REMI model, this report examines the economic impact that two proposed changes in U.S. immigration policy would have on Boston’s economy over a 10-year period.


Topics: Foreign-born
Trends in Article 80 Development

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Jan 04 2019 Publication Date

This Report analyzes development trends in five sub-markets (housing, office, hotel, industrial, and institutional) while describing concurrent economic and demographic trends that may influence development. Together, these data depict the recent cycle of real estate development in Boston, from the beginning of Article 80 in 1996 through the development downturn during the 2008-2009 recession to the recent development boom coinciding with the city’s economic recovery.


Topics: Real Estate & Development
Women in Boston

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Oct 29 2018 Publication Date

This report looks at the demographics of women in Boston with particular focus on employment and pay disparities between men and women.


Topics: Population & Demographics
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