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Research Publications

Explore the 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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Same-Sex Couple Households

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Jun 20 2024 Publication Date

This Pride Month presentation explores the spatial and demographic patterns of same-sex couple households in Boston and Massachusetts.


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Households & Families, Language, Race
Celebrating Caribbean Heritage Month

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Jun 17 2024 Publication Date

With over 137,000 residents with Caribbean ancestry living in Boston, Caribbeans make important demographic, economic, and cultural contributions to the city. This presentation provides an overview of many characteristics that demonstrate these contributions. A summarizing infographic is available here.


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Households & Families, Language, Race
Exploring Boston Neighborhood Park Usage and Users

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Jun 07 2024 Publication Date

This presentation, a collaboration between BPDA Research and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, investigates the park usage patterns and user demographics of 3 of Boston's neighborhood parks: Ringer park in Allston, McLaughlin park in Mission Hill, and Ronan park in Dorchester. Further, it considers factors potentially influencing park usage.


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Households & Families, Language, Race
Celebrating Asian / Pacific American Heritage Month: A Profile of AAPI Residents and Workers in Boston

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

May 13 2024 Publication Date

This presentation provides a current snapshot of the demographic, educational, and labor force characteristics of the AAPI residents and workers in Boston. In addition, the presentation analyzes selected household characteristics of the two populations.


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Households & Families, Language, Race
Age Strong in Boston

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Apr 23 2024 Publication Date

The following presentation explores the demographics, employment, housing, and disability of Boston's Age Strong population.


Topics: Age
Boston's Population: 2025-2050 and Implications

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Apr 03 2024 Publication Date

BPDA Research Division has updated its 2050 population projections for Boston. This projection uses the BPDA Research Division’s adjusted 2020 population for Boston and uses new demographic trend data to project Boston’s population by age group out to 2050.


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Households & Families, Language, Race
Global, National and Regional Demographic Trends affecting Boston's Future

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Mar 19 2024 Publication Date

The following presentation explores global, national, and local demographic trends and their impact on Boston's population. A summarizing infographic is available here.


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Households & Families, Language, Race
Evolution of Boston's Home Financing: Analyzing Changes in Mortgage Applicants

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Feb 22 2024 Publication Date

This presentation explores Boston's home purchase mortgage environment to understand the trends and changes in mortgage applicant composition by income and race/ethnicity from 2007 to 2022, using HMDA data from the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Households & Families, Income & Poverty, Language, Race, Real Estate & Development
Boston by the Numbers 2023

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Dec 13 2023 Publication Date

Boston by the Numbers explores the characteristics of Boston's population and economy. This report breaks down the population by age group, gender, and nativity. It also looks at Boston's colleges and universities, housing, and land use, using the most recent American Community Survey data.


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Households & Families, Language, Race
Celebrating What Unites Us

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Sep 07 2023 Publication Date

Prepared for Age Strong for use in Celebrating What Unites Us!, a collaborative program to celebrate the immigrant experience, build community and cross-cultural understanding, and promote healthy living for aging residents of the City of Boston. The thumbnail image above provides a PDF of all the presentations, while the following links provide access to individual community presentations.





Topics: Age, Foreign-born