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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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Demographic and Socio-economic Trends in Boston - 2013 (revised)

N/A Neighborhoods

Dec 13 2013 Publication Date

This Power Point presentation highlights demographic and socio-economic trends, using the 2000, 2010 Decennial Census and 2012 American Community Survey data. The data show us that the city's population is growing, diverse, young, and well-educated. This report was revised to use the boundaries for the West End and Downtown that went into effect in 2014. See the original report using the previous boundaries


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Households & Families, Income & Poverty, Language, Race
Boston's Elderly - 2013 (revised)

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Dec 13 2013 Publication Date

This publication provides data on Boston's elderly population, using the Decennial Census, 2007-2011 and 2009-2012 American Community Survey data. It includes information on race, labor force participation, disabilities, poverty status, neighborhoods and more. This report was revised to use the boundaries for the West End and Downtown that went into effect in 2014. See the original report using the previous boundaries


Topics: Age, Households & Families, Income & Poverty, Race
Boston's Children - 2013 (revised)

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Dec 13 2013 Publication Date

This is a three part report analyzing Boston's children, their households, and their householders by selected characteristics, using the 2007-2011 American Community Survey data. It provides data on race, ethnicity, nativity, family type, poverty status, schooling, language, neighborhoods and more. It also maps children living in poverty by selected demographic characteristics. This report was revised to use the boundaries for the West End and Downtown that went into effect in 2014. See the original report using the previous boundaries


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Households & Families, Income & Poverty, Language, Race
Demographic and Socio-economic Trends in Boston - 2013

N/A Neighborhoods

Dec 13 2013 Publication Date

This Power Point presentation highlights demographic and socio-economic trends, using the 2000, 2010 Decennial Census and 2012 American Community Survey data. The data show us that the city's population is growing, diverse, young, and well-educated. This report has been revised to use the boundaries for the West End and Downtown that went into effect in 2014. See the revised report using the new boundaries


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Households & Families, Income & Poverty, Language, Race
Boston's Children - 2013

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Dec 13 2013 Publication Date

This is a three part report analyzing Boston's children, their households, and their householders by selected characteristics, using the 2007-2011 American Community Survey data. It provides data on race, ethnicity, nativity, family type, poverty status, schooling, language, neighborhoods and more. It also maps children living in poverty by selected demographic characteristics. This report has been revised to use the boundaries for the West End and Downtown that went into effect in 2014. See the revised report using the new boundaries


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Households & Families, Income & Poverty, Language, Race
Boston's Elderly - 2013

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Dec 13 2013 Publication Date

This publication provides data on Boston's elderly population, using the Decennial Census, 2007-2011 and 2009-2012 American Community Survey data. It includes information on race, labor force participation, disabilities, poverty status, neighborhoods and more. This report has been revised to use the boundaries for the West End and Downtown that went into effect in 2014. See the revised report using the new boundaries


Topics: Age, Households & Families, Income & Poverty, Race
New Bostonians 2013–2014

Roxbury, South Boston Neighborhoods

Dec 13 2013 Publication Date

This Power Point presentation provides demographic and economic data on Boston's foreign-born population, using the 2010 Decennial Census and 2007-2011 American Community Survey data. It includes details on race, countries of origin, languages spoken at home, education attainment, income and more. This report has been revised to use the boundaries for the West End and Downtown that went into effect in 2014. See the revised report using the new boundaries


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Households & Families, Income & Poverty, Language, Race
Boston in Context: Neighborhoods - 2013 (revised)

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Nov 13 2013 Publication Date

This publication compares Boston and its neighborhoods to the U.S. and Massachusetts on several demographic, economic and housing characteristics. This report uses a combination of 2010 Census data and 2007-2011 American Community Survey data. This report was revised to use the boundaries for the West End and Downtown that went into effect in 2014. See the original report using the previous boundaries


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Households & Families, Income & Poverty, Language, Race
Boston in Context: Neighborhoods - 2013

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Nov 13 2013 Publication Date

This publication compares Boston and its neighborhoods to the U.S. and Massachusetts on several demographic, economic and housing characteristics. This report uses a combination of 2010 Census data and 2007-2011 American Community Survey data. This report has been revised to use the boundaries for the West End and Downtown that went into effect in 2014. See the revised report using the new boundaries


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Households & Families, Income & Poverty, Language, Race
Boston in Context: Planning Districts

N/A Neighborhoods

Nov 13 2013 Publication Date

This publication compares Boston and its planning districts to the U.S. and Massachusetts on several demographic, economic and housing characteristics. This report uses a combination of 2010 Census data and 2007-2011 American Community Survey data.


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Households & Families, Income & Poverty, Language, Planning Districts, Race