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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Boston's Economy 2020: Pre-Pandemic Baseline

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Jul 10 2020 Publication Date

Boston's Economy 2020 report is released during a time of economic uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of this report, the full economic impacts of the pandemic are not yet known. This report uses economic data from 2018 and 2019 to create a profile of Boston’s economy prior to the current crisis.


Topics: Economy & Jobs
Early Evidence on the Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Boston

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Apr 05 2020 Publication Date

This report profiles Boston employment in the industries that saw the largest share and number of unemployment claims statewide March 14-28.


Topics: Economy & Jobs
A Prosperous Boston for All: Community Economic Impact Series

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Mar 12 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
Boston at a Glance 2020

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Feb 07 2020 Publication Date

This document is a two-page reference to frequently requested information about Boston's population and development. The primary data source is the 2014-2018 5-year American Community Survey.


Topics: Population & Demographics
Boston in Context 2020

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Feb 07 2020 Publication Date

Boston in Context tabulates various social, demographic, and economic characteristics from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey by Boston Neighborhood. Citywide totals as well as totals for Massachusetts and the United States are provided for comparison.


Topics: Population & Demographics
Methodological Differences in Census Programs

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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

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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

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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)

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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
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