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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.

Imagine all the People - Latinos

N/A Neighborhoods

Oct 23 2015 Publication Date

“Imagine all the People” is a series of publications produced by the Boston Redevelopment Authority for the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians, that provides a comprehensive profile of Boston’s diverse immigrant communities and their numerous contributions to the city’s social, cultural, and economic landscape. It is part of an ongoing effort to celebrate new Bostonians and gain insight into how our city is shaped by their presence.

Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Income & Poverty
Trends in Poverty and Inequality

N/A Neighborhoods

Oct 20 2015 Publication Date

The BRA Research Division prepared this presentation for the Boston Citywide Plan to provide a factual basis to understand 1) historical trends that have shaped poverty and inequality in Boston, 2) the extent of poverty and inequality in Boston today, and 3) specific populations that are disproportionately affected by poverty and inequality.

Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Households & Families, Income & Poverty, Language, Race
Boston in Context: Neighborhoods - 2015

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Aug 04 2015 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 2009-2013 American Community Survey data.

Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Households & Families, Income & Poverty, Industry Profiles, Labor Market, Language, Race
Boston's Shifting Demographics

N/A Neighborhoods

Jul 20 2015 Publication Date

This presentation provides statistics showing historical trends that shaped the present population of Boston. Presentation sections include population growth, diversity, educational attainment, age distribution, and changing families.

Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Households & Families, Language, Race
Boston City Council Districts: Part 2

N/A Neighborhoods

Jun 24 2015 Publication Date

This report presents additional demographic statistics for the Boston City Council Districts from the 2009-2013 American Community Survey.

Topics: City Council Districts, Education, Income & Poverty, Industry Profiles
Retaining Recent College Graduates in Boston: Is There a Brain Drain?

N/A Neighborhoods

Oct 24 2014 Publication Date

This report was produced by the BRA Research DIvision in collaboration with the UMass Donahue Institute and attempts to reframe a long-running debate about the Boston metro area's ability to retain the college and university graduates it produces annually.

Topics: Education, Foreign-born
Characteristics of Boston and Its Neighborhoods

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Oct 23 2014 Publication Date

On October 14, 2014, Alvaro Lima, Director of Research at the BRA, presented information on the characteristics of Boston and its neighborhoods to a group from Boston Education Funders. The presentation discusses recent demographic changes in Boston and highlights the 0-24 population.

Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Race
Women in Boston

N/A Neighborhoods

Jun 16 2014 Publication Date

This document was created to contribute to and inform the work of the Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement. It provides a demographic overview of women in the city, and includes details on age, race, ethnicity, nativity, educational attainment, labor force characteristics, and more. It also includes information on three key issue areas for women in Boston: poverty, the pay gap between men and women, and female-owned businesses.

Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Households & Families, Income & Poverty, Race
Overview of Public Benefits in Boston

N/A Neighborhoods

Apr 24 2014 Publication Date

This presentation explores recipients of 6 types of public benefits in Boston: public assistance income, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security income, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and food stamps (SNAP).

Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Race
Contributions of Immigrant Labor to the American Economy: A Different Take

N/A Neighborhoods

Apr 24 2014 Publication Date

Immigrants contribute to the American economy as workers, consumers, business owners, entrepreneurs, and investors. However, instead of merely considering the contributions that immigrant laborers make to the economy once they arrive, one must also account for what their home economies have contributed to them before they emigrate. This paper looks at the process of production and reproduction of immigrant labor using educational costs as an example.

Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born